We thought Mike Williamson had a good game on Monday night but that James Perch struggled, and it was the very first game in the Premier League for both players.
James Perch - good game on Monday night?
But Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has come out today and said he thought both players did well against the Red Devils.
This is what Chris said to the Newcastle Journal today:
“I was pleased with both of them – particularly Mike. They were up against pretty much the best around and they did well,”
“It was a tough one for both of them at Manchester United when they were up against Wayne Rooney, Nani and Dimitar Berbatov but I thought they equipped themselves as well as they could on a tough night.”
“Mike made the one mistake which he got away with but other than that I thought he was very comfortable against some great players. The likes of Rooney, Berbatov – their movement is superb and it’s a tough night for any defender, especially one making his debut in the Premier League.”
“I have no worries about Mike. He is a good player, a good trainer and he only wants to get better. He is the sort of player who takes things in and he will have learned from Monday. I think that both of them will only get better for the experience.”
To be fair to James, he has often looked a solid player and we think he will learn big time from his experience of Monday night, but he will have to learn his lessons fast if he is to keep his place in the side, once other defenders like Sol Campbell and Danny Simpson are fit again.
Hughton’s players were back in training at Benton yesterday to prepare themselves for Aston Villa on Sunday.
Although the season didn’t get off to the sort of performance he wanted to see, Hughton still thinks things are in place for a successful survival fight this season.
“The disappointment of losing hasn’t gone away,” “We don’t like to lose any games but the reality is that we always knew it was going to be tough. There will be plenty of clubs beaten at Old Trafford this season and the season starts again for us on Sunday.”
“For 33 minutes the performance was everything that I wanted from us. We limited them to a few chances and probably had the best chance, to be honest.”
“But I was really disappointed with the timing of the goals. To lose the goal, the most important thing was to get to half-time without conceding another one but we did.”
“I think we have to make sure we don’t switch off at crucial times like that in future games and that is what I will reminding the players of before the Aston Villa game.”
The Aston Villa game takes on a little more importance on Sunday afternoon, because the lads must get their act together soon, and start to pick up some points, and we must cut out the silly mistakes in defense that cost us at least two goals against Manchester United.
We’ve all learned before that you cannot give silly goals away at the highest levels of English football and still expect to pick up points, so we are looking forward to a solid game from the lads on Sunday, and a win would be terrific.