PAUL Dummett left the pitch at the Amex Stadium with mixed emotions.
The defender’s debut was about the only positive to come from Newcastle United’s dismal FA Cup defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.
While proud to have made his first appearance for the club, Dummett was bitterly disappointed with the result on the South Coast.
Dummett – who had only just returned from a four-month loan at St Mirren – replaced the injured James Perch for the second half.
Now the 21-year-old left-back is hoping to offer injury-hit Newcastle a welcome extra defensive option over the coming weeks and months, having gained valuable experience during his loan spell north of the border.
“I was delighted to make my debut,” Dummett said.
“I’ve been on loan for four months. I’ve got experience there, and I was happy to come back and make my full debut for the club.
“Hopefully, there’s more to come. I want to show the manager I’ve come back a better player
“Hopefully, I did all right (against Brighton). I think I did well on loan.
“It was good being on loan – I’ve played 19 games, and I’m sharper and match fit. It’s going to help me in the long run.
“They’ve seen me play games, and have always been up to date with how I’ve been going.
“Maybe that’s why the manager wasn’t frightened to put me in there.
“He could’ve put Fergie (Shane Ferguson) in, but he trusted me. I’m happy he gave me that chance.
“I’m a local boy, and everyone wants to play for the club.
“Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor are local boys, and they did the same. I want to play for the club for as long as I can.”
Brighton scored a goal in each half, and fully deserved their place in the competition’s fourth round.
However, Dummett and his team-mates were still applauded at the end by the club’s 2,000-strong travelling support.
“Everyone went out there and tried their hardest,” he added.
“Obviously, we’re missing key players like Papiss (Demba Cisse) and Colo (Fabricio Coloccini).
“I think that’s shown on the pitch. Everyone tried their hardest, but couldn’t get a goal.
“They were disappointed – they travelled a long way to see us get beat.
“But I think they could see the players tried their hardest and put the work in.”