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Williamson – We’ll Recover, Regroup And Go Again Sunday

10:42 am, Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

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.

Mike continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: James Perch · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bucks mag // Aug 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    That sliding tackle he made in the 1st half on Nani was sweet. After his performance I’ve no doubt he can cut it for us in the EPL.

  • 2 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    I know he can cut it, Villa have a decent amount of pace in their side, but will have a gaping hole in the middle of the park where Milner was, I assume Ireland will not be fully fit?

  • 3 Davies // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Apparently, Ireland will be starting for Villa on Sunday. It’s his birthday too!

    Hope we don’t give him a present, unless it’s a stinking turd in the post.

  • 4 Magpietillidie22 // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6319982,00.html?

    ^ uh oh

  • 5 rubaz66 // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Reminds me of A.O’Brian this kid, he’s ok but i think he’ll be found out more often than not against any of the top 9 from last season, campbells gotta start over him at wolves, need a leader back there

  • 6 rubaz66 // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    A.O’Brien even!

  • 7 NUFC_Richyg01 // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    My Team vs Villa:

    ************ Harper *************
    RTaylor * Willo * Collo * Bull *****

    ************** Smith ************
    Routledge ***** Nolan *****Jonas*

    ************* McLoven **********
    ************** Carroll ***********

  • 8 saroof // Aug 18, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    williamson could be a good defender once he cuts out the errors he made like the one on monday….coz he has everythin it takes…..superb tackler this lad

  • 9 NewcastleMole // Aug 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Nolan, Barton, Smith, Guthrie, Gosling,

    5 Midfielder’s all very much alike not much variety. No real pace or creativity.

    Centre mid is usually where matches are decided whoever wins that battle usually wins the match

  • 10 dave 1961 // Aug 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    still over 8000 tickets for sunday

  • 11 MacToon // Aug 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Well NUFC will have to pretend to be buying some good players to sell those 8000 season tickets!

  • 12 dave 1961 // Aug 18, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    that’s 8388 tickets for Sunday there could be close to 15,000 season tickets left unsold, and villa are a decent side too. I wonder if it’s this reason that Hughton came out and told us we had money for transfers, as we do not seem to be spending any of it, so seem to me that we might not have funds after all.




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