Mike Williamson A Likely Leader at Newcastle

Mike Williamson has given another interview today, and this players comes over looking like a leader.

Mike Williamson – likely to become a leader at Newcastle

Williamson told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s been a while. I’ve been training hard, but you can’t really replicate first-team football, and I’m just glad to be here now, and I’ll try to cement my position.”

“It’s difficult when you’re used to playing week-in, week-out, and then you go to being a bit-part player.”

“It’s hard, but you’ve got to be steeled mentally, and just get on with it. That’s the only way to do it and I’ve got the first one out of the way.”

“I’ve only played a handful of reserve-team games over the last few months, so I’m just enjoying playing first-team football again.”

“I’m looking forward to it and I’m working hard and taking every day as it comes.” “I’m going to work as hard as I possibly can, and keep going.”

“I’m enjoying first-team football, and long may it continue.”

Meanwhile, Williamson is confident that the Magpies can get a second win in seven days, this time  against Leicester City, Nigel Pearson’s side, and that would be great!

Mike continued.

“They’ve got a good base. They did really well to establish themselves early doors.”“They’ve got some good players, and they’re hard to break down.”
“It’s going to be another test, but it’s down to us.”  “If we can play our football, I don’t think we’ll have a problem.”

What we need this afternoon ios for Mike and Coloccini to close the gates at the back and put ina  solid performance.

We half expect the full backs this afternoon to be Tamas Kadar on the right and Patrick van Aanholt on the left, although Ryan Taylor may grab one od those full-back spots.

Like a lot of games this season, we have to hope our defense shuts the back door, and with the extra creativity introduced by Wayne Routledge on the right wing, we hope we can score a few goals.

It will be tough game this afternoon, but our lads will be expecting nothing less.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Tom

    Jan 30, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Kadar won’t be playing at right back if he starts, Ryan Taylor will. I wouldn’t be surprised if Aanholt starts at left back either, but Routledge HAS to start on the right. With him on one wing, and Jonas on the other, we would finally have a balance side!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks can be very deceiving Ed.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Williamson = Our Matt Elliott.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Latest odds on Moses are now at 15/8, Wigan are now the favourites at 4/6 – bookies rarely get things wrong…

    Ah well.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Makes my blood boil that we could be knocked back for f….ing Wigan. They couldn’t pack a phone box with the crowds they get and they ain’t exactly a huge bloody club. How far have we fallen for us to lose N’Zogbia to them and be pipped to Moses. Wigan do my head in i’d rather he went to bloody Sunderland lol.

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Good NEws on league tables as Nottingham down by 1 goal 10 minuted left. ( Rob Hulse)

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Yippeee !
    Derby 1 Forest 0

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    The only reason Forest is closing the gap on us is because we are 2 games behind them.

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    And still 1st baby!!!!

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10


    R.Taylor—–Williamson—–Colo—Van Aanholt



  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11

    We should sign Joe Ledley and Ross McCormack, Hugo Rodallega in summer.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Thanks Derby.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Full time
    Derby 1
    Forest 0

  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Thanks Mr. Clough.

    One result our way, lets hope Sheffield can throw a word or two in.

    My line up (posted in the match preview):

    4-4-1-1 diamond


    Subs: Krul, Hall, Kadar, Nolan, Butt, Pancrate, Ranger

    That gives McLoven a chance to run through the middle and gives both a choice of left, right or centre when going for scoring opportunity. Alternatively, if McLoven picked up a niggle from the Palace game, put Nolan farther back behind Carroll and let him play in secondary striker. The one problem with this play is that it doesn’t really allow for much wide play if the lads stick to the formation, but the horizontal overlap with Caroll and McLoven could lead to some interesting chances especially with Jonas finding his crossing foot (admittedly largely due to the overlap with Enrique) and Routledge giving us more options.

    I also wouldn’t say no to seeing Kadar start the game, or Hall starting in place of Taylor.

  • Darling27

    Jan 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Team Vs Leicester City

    R. Taylor
    Van Aanholt

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Darling 27

    THat is same team i have above.

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17


    I like ur lineup, most of the italian teams use that too.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18







  • Mick G

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon1978 and how far have you fallen mate when you let a small club like Wigan wind you up.

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon 1978

    Where is Guthrie? He had that hammer goal against them last time. And was the only goal.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Mick G

    Yeah you are right mate lol. They just seem to be a thorn to NUFC.


    Yes he did but he has not peformed well this season imo BUT he has been pushed out of position out wide which is unfair on him. I prefer Nolan in behind the strikers atm alough he has been poor the last few games. Guthrie did score a cracking free kick a few games ago but that is it. I suppose Guthrie should be put in his rightful position so we can see the best of him.

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Jonas not fit enough to start.

    Taylor, Williamson, Colo, V. A

    Routledge Butt Smith Guthrie




    But disappointed that Butt is playing ahead of Jonas. Must be down to fitness.

    When we get a chance to look balanced for the first time this season, we get this!

  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFC: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Patrick van Aanholt, Wayne Routledge, Nicky Butt (c), Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll
    Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger, Fitz Hall, Fabrice Pancrate

  • Sav

    Jan 31, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #24

    He wants to cement his position?
    Doesn’t he know we already have Butt, Smith and Nolan playing in concrete boots?
    I was hoping to see some by-line crosses from the right today. Where were they?

  • Daftus Doofus

    Jan 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    We thought that Wiliamson has many similarities in his playing style to Graham Oates, who was once a centre back for the famous Tyneside football club in the mid 70’s.


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