Mike Williamson had another strong game alongside Fab Coloccini in the heart of the Newcastle defense at Goodison Park last Saturday.
Mike Williamson – the referee is human – what??
And it could have been made a little easier for Newcastle if referee Andre Marriner had given a penalty against Seamus Coleman, when he brought down captain Kevin Nolan just as he was about to shoot, after 74 minutes.
And since Coleman was the last Everton defender – he could have also been shown a red card.
Williamson told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“It’s gone now.” “We’ll take the positives. We had a clean sheet, and I thought we had a stonewall penalty.” “It’s a great away performance.” “The only reason I can see is that he’d have had to make a decision to send him off, and he didn’t want to do that. It’s gone now.”
“The referee’s a human being just like anyone, and he can make mistakes.”“We got the three points, which is all that matters.” “It’s a massive result for us. They’ve had a slow start, but they’re a great team. They’ve got talent and good spirit – you can see that.”
“It’s a difficult place to come any time.” “We knew, coming here, they were going to create chances, which is what they did.” “We had the rub of the green, but we all dug in and showed our character.”
Mike was also the center of a possible penalty award to Everton is the second half, when he seemed to barge into the back of Fillaini, without getting too close to the ball, that came sailing in from the right wing.
But the Kevin Nolan incident was a stone cold penalty, and how the referee and assistants didn’t give it is just beyond us.
After all, Howard Webb even gave a penalty for Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, and obviously Howard didn’t know the standing rule that you are not allowed to give a penalty against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and the Red Devils fans just couldn’t believe it – what was the referee thinking?
But when you take the legs away from a player from behind, just as he is about to shoot, as 21 year-old Séamus Coleman did to Nolan on Saturday, that certainly used to be a penalty in our day.
Williamson was also disappointed for 35 year-old goalkeeper Steve Harper, who will miss some time with the shoulder injury he picked up in the first half, when he clashed with former Newcastle target Jermaine Beckford.
Mike talked about the loss of Steve:
“He’ll be a big loss. Week-in, week-out, he gives a great performance. That’s where our strength in depth comes in – we’ve got a brilliant keeper in Tim. He came on and commanded the back four.”
Mike will need to give Tim all the help he needs as he settles down in the Newcastle goal over the next few weeks, as he deputizes for the experienced Steve Harper.