Mike Williamson had a very good game on Monday night, especially considering it was his Premier League debut.
Mike Williamson – strong game against the Red Devils
Mike has laid claim to one of the central defense positions at Newcastle, and it’s going to be interesting to see who gets the nod when Sol Campbell is fit enough to play.
But it could well be that one of the central defenders will be played at right back – maybe even Argentine Coloccini - as James Perch looked vulnerable against the Red Devils.
Of course Steven Taylor can also play at right back, and he may well be deployed there too, when he returns from his shoulder injury sometime in October.
Mike Williamson, even after his good performance at Old Trafford, was still disappointed with the result of the game, and frustrated the lads couldn’t have made more of their positive start at Old Trafford, when Andy Carroll missed a golden chance on 10 minutes.
It’s no secret that Mike is a favorite player of ours, and once in the first half, he gave the ball away straight to an opposing player, and then made what was one fabulous sliding tackle to save Newcastle – it was his mistake but the recovery was unbelievable – 100% commitment and that showed the spirit and skill of this 26 year-old former Watford player.
Williamson told the Shields Gazette today:
“It was my first game in the Premier League, and I was happy to come to such a brilliant stadium,” “The adrenaline was going, and it was amazing, but it’s been overshadowed by the result a little bit.”
“It was unbelievable – it’s what dreams are made of – but at the end of the day, we need to stay in the league. We’re not here just to turn up for one season.” “I suppose you need to recap and look at the negatives, take the positives, and kick on for next week.”
Newcastle did well in the first 30 minutes when the score was all square at 0-0 but once the first goal went in from Dimitar Berbatov on 32 minutes, it was always going to be difficult for Newcastle to get back into the game.
Indeed at half time with the score 2-0, after Darren Fletcher had scored a second just before half time (41 minutes), memories of Chelsea’s 6-0 walloping of WBA on Saturday at Stamford Bridge came to mind.
But the lads are made of stern stuff, and they played well in the second half, although it was a rearguard action, and with a little bit of luck didn’t concede again until 5 minutes form the end, when the mercurial Ryan Giggs hit the ball home with that great left foot of his.
“It’s one of the best teams in England, and we always knew it was going to be a tough test, but the boys are disappointed,” “In patches, we showed resilience, and we defended well.”
“Andy had a good chance in the first half, but all in all we didn’t really create too many chances and got sloppy in our defending.” “Overall, we’re very disappointed. I know it was a big occasion, but we came here to get something from the game, not just turn up.”
“I don’t think it’s going to get any tougher than Old Trafford on the opening day.” “You take the positives, keep working, and make sure you get a result next week. We need to get the points on the board.” “We’ll recover, regroup and go again.”
So on the positive side of things, there were some good things to take out of this game, and we wonder if we’ll see James Perch replaced at right back for Sunday’s game.
We don’t think so because there’s only Ryan Taylor to replace him with right now, and after all Perch needs to get used to the higher paced game in the Premier League, and we have to remember that Monday night was also his first game in the PL, and we hope he will learn from the experience.