It’s All In The Mind Away From Home


As most of our readers will know by now, we are big admirers of  new center-back Mike Williamson, and today Mike has talked about the differences of playing at home and playing away from home.

Mike Williamson – terrific acquisition by Newcastle

Mike was in action again on Wednesday night and he had another good game alongside Coloccini at the back.

The lad looks a super buy at around £1M, and has already turned in some strong steady performances in central defense, and he is a great header of the ball at 6’4″ tall.

Not only that but we think Mike can become a top player in The Premier League, so he looks a great long-term prospect on Tyneside.

Mike talked to the Journal today about the differences of playing at St. James’ Park and playing away from home:

“The difference between playing at home and away is a combination of things,” “It’s the fans, a huge stadium and we have wanted to make it a little fortress, a little cauldron, where other teams are frightened to come.”

“That’s what this team has done here this season. It’s a case of winning your home games and getting as many points on the road and hopefully that will see us through.”

“It’s always good to have your fans roaring behind you. Some teams are given a lift when they come here to play. Some teams sit back and try to defend and hit us on the break, while other teams will go for it.”

“I just think it’s down to us to stay resolute at the back and hit them whenever we get the chance.”

Even though Newcastle have gone through a bad patch, we are still 3 points clear at the top of the league, and as the games go by the better our new players will be integrated into the side.

We are also 5 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, with a better goal difference, and that’s what we have to try to increase so we qualify automatically for promotion this season.

I’m not sure the old heart will stand Newcastle playing in the Championship  play-offs at the end of the season – no way.

Mike continued:

“We can’t afford to be complacent,” “Winning breeds complacency and that’s the biggest problem which we have to guard against. That’s what teams who move ahead are faced with. I’m confident we can guard against it.”

“There is a balance to be struck, however. “You can’t afford to dwell for too long on disappointing results like that at Derby or the point at Swansea, which has actually turned out to be a decent result,”

“We have to crack on and keep going, stay close as a group. No one got too low after the Derby game (last week’s 3-0 defeat), it was made out that we had problems but it was just one game and we bounced back. That’s all that matters. This is a strong group.”

Playing away from home does have differences from playing on home soil, but most of it is in the mind.

With a team strong on character and nerves, there’s no reason why the team cannot play a good attacking game, and go after wins on the road.

That’s what good teams do – but it all starts with the team selection – if we select a defensive team, that’s the way the lads will play – as we did last Saturday – but that could mean we are throwing 2 points away.

We should go for the win in every single game this season, and not be content with a draw.

Fortune favors the brave – always.

Comments welcome.



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3 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Feb 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    and we could also buy some pompey players for a bargain price!!!!!!!
    come on ashley

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  • Aza9

    Feb 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks quality at this level and should start ahead of Hall everytime. Haven’t kept a clean sheet in a while now so looking forward to Jose and S.Taylor coming back. Think Hughton has bought well in the first window he actually had some funds to throw around but want to see a lot more from Best!

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d take Boeteng or belahadji from portsmouth. Good left back competition for jose when van goes back to chelsea and boa is a nolan type player.

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