Paul Dummett played 61 minutes of Wales’ 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night.
Ryan Giggs’ side needed a late winner, with Ben Woodburn scoring the only goal of the game in the 92nd minute. By that time, Dummett was off the pitch.
The Newcastle man started as part of a back four, but not in his favoured position. Rather than being deployed at left-back, the blonde bombshell was at the heart of defence alongside Ashley Williams.
While we have seen him play as a centre-back for the Magpies, that is usually as part of a back three. Given that he is left footed, he is perfect for the left centre-back role, as proven against Bournemouth.
Just after the hour mark, he was replaced by Swansea defender Declan John.
The 27-year-old has had a good few weeks. Having struggled to get back in the Newcastle team after injury, he was a half-time substitute against Everton. Was he the reason for the incredible comeback? You tell me.
Then he captained the Magpies from the start against Bournemouth, putting in a strong performance including some amazing acrobatics off the line.
And now he’s kept a clean sheet on the international stage, operating as part of a centre-back pair rather than a trio.
Clearly the new hair is working for him. And Wales fans were impressed with Dummett’s solid performance.
Dummett impressed the Welsh support
Plenty of positives tbh. Vaulks, Hedges, George Thomas & Dummett all gave good accounts of themselves. Taylor got to play under Giggs for the first time & Woodburn got some much needed game time. Plus a win is a win. We were never going to thrash T&T. They’re well organised.
— Rob Williams (@Robinho3345) March 21, 2019
Dummett had a great game imo
— David Jarvis (@D_jarvis21) March 21, 2019
The way Dummett played at centre back tonight, I’d easily have him over Ashley. Thought Dummett was calm, assured, timed his tackles well, played the easy ball, where Ash, yet again, seemed to struggle and gave the ball away too often through sloppiness
— Shaun Holden 🏴 (@Holden87) March 20, 2019
I’m going to say something I never thought I would: Paul Dummett is a classy defender. (well next to Ashley Williams he was)
— Owen .J. Quilter (@WelshyQuilter32) March 20, 2019
Will Vaulks was class tonight. Definitely my MOTM, Dummett impressed me as well.
— Caibo 🏴 (@Caibo_) March 20, 2019
Vaulks, Evans and Dummett were good tonight 🏴
— connor;/ (@ConnorTaylad) March 20, 2019
Fair play to the @Cymru B team; the fact they never stopped was immense!
Vaulks is the sort of engine Wales need rtn, Dummett looked at ease most of the time, Tyler should’ve scored, and I hope Hedges is on the bench come Sunday.#TheRedWall
— Dai Doniol (@Dai_Doniol) March 20, 2019