41% thought Andy Carroll was Newcastle’s best player at Manchester United on Monday night in our poll after the game, with center-back Mike Williamson coming in second on 21%
Mike Williamson – good first game in Premier League
That was Mike’s very first game in the Premier League and he played very well indeed, in what was a very tough game for Newcastle first match back.
Williamson talked about how the lads are regrouping, after the walloping they took at Old Trafford, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ll recover, regroup and go again.” “That’s what the boys are about – that’s what the team spirit’s there for.” “We know we’re going to drop points, but it’s about regrouping and going again.”
“It’s going to be a very tough season, but Man United aren’t going to knock our confidence.” “Every game’s going to be different and bring its own tests.”
“It’s an obvious thing to say, but week-in, week-out, there won’t be an easy game in this league.”
James Milner has finally wrapped up his move to mancsheter City so he will not be playing, but new boy Stephen Ireland could well make his debut on Sunday for Aston Villa.
James sold for £26M, which is a cool £14 M more than we sold him to Aston Villa for a short two years ago.
But it was to Manchester City, who are paying way over the odds for the players they are bringing in, and making a complete travesty of the transfer market, having already paid out over £1B in transfers since the new owners came in a couple of year back.
When is somebody going to stop this madness?
It’s a real pity Newcastle didn’t have a sell-on clause in that contact with Villa – because the Tyneside club could have netted £3M to £ 4M on the deal – but hopefully the club will live and learn with those past mistakes.
But Aston Villa are hardly a team in turmoil as Williamson continued:
“The quality throughout their team and squad is clear to see – you can talk about things off the field, but when the boys cross the white line, there’s a job to do.” “Politics doesn’t come into it.”
“It’ll be an almighty task – we’re at St James’ Park, and there’s an onus on us to go out and play football, dominate, and impose our own game rather than looking at them too much.”
“It’ll be another great game, and another chance for us to get three points.”
Sol Campbell is slowly and surely getting closer to his full fitness and a comeback date , but Williamson will want to put in another solid display like at Old Trafford and he continued:
“I’ve got the shirt at the minute, and all I can do is keep working hard every day in training, and try to improve.” “That’s all I can do. I’ve got to learn from the players around me, and put in 100% every day.”
“We need to pick up a lot of points at home, and get what we can on the road.”
It may be a little short-sighted just to replace Williamson with Sol, when Campbell is fit, as we seem to have some problems at right back, with James Perch not having a good start in the Premier league on Monday night.
Maybe one of the center-backs can give it a go at right back and see how they do. We’re sure that thinking is already in the mind of Chris Hughton, although we all have to hope that James can come into his own soon.
After all, it was the very first game of the season, and he’ll learn a lot from the experience.