Hughton Not Worried By Williamson Smith Mini Altercation


The only difficulty Newcastle seemed to have on Saturday afternoon at Watford was during the final few minutes of the game,  after Newcastle had conceded a late goal.

Alan Smith – epitomizes Newcastle spirit


And of course that caused a mini stand-off between captain Alan Smith and center-back Mike Williamson, who had earlier headed a ball down right to one of the Watford players.

But in a  few minutes it was all smiles again with the Newcastle players, after they put in a very good shift to take 3 points away from home for the first time in eight attempts.

Coloccini was again majestic at the back for Newcastle and even got his second goal of the season. He’s been simply magnificent for Newcastle this season.

And Mike Williamson did a good job of emulating the Argentine – as Mike again had a very solid game – and what a terrific buy this boy seems to be for Newcastle United.

Manager Chris Hughton, who must have been delighted with the win that took Newcastle 8 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, seemed unconcerned by the fracas near the end, and he thinks it shows just how much the Newcastle players want promotion this season.

Chris said:

“It shows you’ve got a good group of lads that have a real desire not to concede goals,” “It (conceding) allowed Watford back into a game which at that stage was very comfortable for us.”

“I think that shows a real desire from the lads to win matches.”

“If you go into the changing room a minute after everybody’s hugging each other. That’s the type of team spirit you want.” “The reason was we were disappointed to concede.”

“We have a good group of lads that get on very well together and it’s part of the reason we’ve been able to do very well this season.”

“As manager you just try to create an environment where there’s a group of lads that want to work for each other. There’s also competition for places and with that comes that desire.”

There’s only one place where these players want to be playing next season (the Premier League) and I think that showed.”

It turns out that the lads put in a professional performance on a terribly bumpy and hard pitch, but they delivered – and not for the first time this season.

In the heat of battle things happen, and it was only last Friday that Alan was singing the praises of Mike, who has been so very good since he arrived on Tyneside in January.

Four or five new players in the summer, and we can even have a more than decent squad that can hold their own in the Premier League, and at least we can now outfight almost any team.

But first of all we still need to get promoted, and the next step in that process is Barnsley at home next Saturday afternoon. Let’s take one game at a time.

The lads have made us proud again this season, and they now just have to keep it up for another 13 games and we’ll be there.

Howay The Lads!!


2 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    This goes on in all teams, I played at step 5 in the pyramid but there were regular arguments & even a bit of handbags in training & during matches. Onece everyone is in the bar it’s all forgotten. On promotiuon I reckon if we get 20 more points we’ll finish 2nd & if we get 26 more points then we will win the league

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  • derekm

    Mar 1, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I look on at Bellamy getting involved again at Chelsea, Owen pulling up injured again, Habib Beye unable to get a game at villa, Oba going through the motions at Wolfsburg, Sunderland sinking like a stone, no papers bothering about us anymore beacuse we’re too good to slag off and I genuinely think relegation did us so many favours in as much as it cleared out the spongers, the wasters, the troublemakers and taught Ashley how to run a football club the very very hard way.
    Does anyone seriously think that him selling the club now and causing instability again would be a bad thing? One – just one TV interview describing his plans and detailing the mistakes he’s made, and surely following on from this year unchanged and with the necessary signings for premier survival would be the best course?

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