Mike Williamson almost scored in the first half for Newcastle on Saturday, when his header hit the inside of the post and looked like it was going in – but it didn’t.
Mike Williamson – we’ll come back
Mike Williamson was one of the first players to come out today and tell Newcastle fans they have not taken the defeat against Blackpool lightly, and Mike is right when he says it now depends on how the Newcastle players respond to a very poor defeat like the one on Saturday against Blackpool.
Mike said today:
“We know that we’re going to lose games this season, more than we did last year, and the boys look at this one as a massive opportunity lost.”“We knew there were going to be more defeats along the road and we’re going to play a lot worse than we did against Blackpool, but it’s all about keeping the confidence up.”
“We’ve got a good group of lads here and that’s what’s going to happen. When we had adversity last season, we bounced back straight away and that’s what the manager has said in the dressing room.”
“It’s not about the defeat, it’s how we react to it. It’s down to the players to kick on from this. We have to come out next weekend and show it hasn’t affected us.”
“I don’t think there’s anger there, just disappointment. Players will be tough on themselves, but as a team we know that everybody worked hard and nobody threw the towel in.”
Certainly the lads never gave up, as a few of our players did when things got tough during our relegation season, and usually those players were the ones who were getting paid the biggest wages – they just couldn’t be bothered.
That’s not true with our current crop of honest players, who if nothing else are very honest, and we have to hope they will put things right in training this week.
Williamson again looked good alongside Fabricio Coloccini in the center of our defense, and seems determined not to let one bad game and even a worse result upset things at the Newcastle club, which has been very stable of late.
“There is no doubt we wanted three points. There is huge disappointment amongst the lads. We’ve had an inquest in the dressing in what, where and how it went wrong.”“But no confidence has been knocked. If you compare the chances we’ve had compared to theirs, it just wasn’t our day.”
“From the first few minutes when we hit the post, their keeper was man of the match. he had an absolute blinder.” “Things were just hitting him and going out of play. Overall, we know it’s a missed opportunity, but we’re not going to lose any sleep over it. On another day we would have won by three or four.”
“We were going for the point right at the end and got done with a sucker punch.” “This is what makes football such a fantastic game. There’s no such thing as a given when you just turn up and win. If we play like that and get those sort of chances, we’re going to win far more than you lose.”
The positive thing to take out of the game for Newcastle fans is that the team is still making a lot of chances, and it’s so much easier when that is happening, to put things right. It’s when you are not making chances that things can become very difficult for sides.
We have to hope we can get a result at Everton on Saturday, to start to put things right, from what was a nightmare result on Saturday.