Central Defensive Poser For Hughton Against Wigan

Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson has said he will have no qualms about playing alongside former England defender Campbell at the heart of the Magpies’ defense.

Mike Williamson – comfortable playing with Sol Campbell

And it could be that Campbell will push his way to a start on Saturday at home to Wigan after he played very solidly in the game at Eastlands last time out when he came on for the injured Fabricio Coloccini.

Mike talked about Sol today:

“You know what you’re going to get,” “He organises you and he’s a big talent as well.”  “He showed it against Chelsea when he played against a top-class side.”

“I knew when he came on against City he would calm things down as a team and we could get back into it. I think we did that well.”

At 36, Campbell still thinks he has a few seasons left in him and not many fans would disagree after seeing the way he played at Chelsea and Eastlands this season.

While he has  a lack of pace, his experience counters for that, and he’s hardly ever been exposed since he’s played in Newcastle’s first team.

Fab Coloccini returned to training this week so all three, Campbell, Williamson and Coloccini are available fort the game on Saturday,  and as usual it’s hard to tell what Chris Hughton is thinking of doing.

If we had to hazard a guess, we’d say Chris will stay with Coloccini and Williamson, and Sol will play against his old club Arsenal,  in the 4th round of the Carling Cup in a couple of weeks time at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle have had both good results and bad results so far this season.

We’ve won games at Everton for instance and beaten Aston Villa 6-0 at home, for two surprise wins, and then we have been beaten at home by two of the lower tier clubs in Blackpool and Stoke.

Mike talked about the season so far:

“It’s well documented that our form’s been up and down,” “We’ve had a few great results and a few really bad results.” “It was disappointing to go into the international break on the back of a loss but we’ve got to regroup and push on.”

“I think we’ll look back at a lot of opportunities that we’ve missed but we’ll take positives from the points we’ve won against the big teams.” “I think the manager’s got his tactics right wherever we’ve come and we’ve got the players and the quality to be resolute at the back and create chances up front,”

“That’s the formula you need. He’s also got us working hard, so I’m sure we’ll be all right.”

We need to get back to basics at Newcastle, and start beating the teams in the lower half of the league, at least at home.

And that means there’s an opportunity to do just that on Saturday, as Wigan are the visitors to the Cathedreal on the Hill.

A win on Saturday will certainly raise the spirits of everybody on Tyneside, and all the many Newcastle fans who follow the famous club around the world.

Howay The Lads!!