Williamson – It Was A Great Victory And A Great Battle!

Newcastle’s Mike Williamson had another very strong display at the back for Newcastle last night at Birmingham, when the lads came away with a great 2-0 victory.

Mike Williamson last night – holding off  Oba Martins

The pitch was difficult as it had cut up badly in the previous game, and it looked a little short of grass, but that didn’t stop Newcastle getting a hard earned and very well deserved  victory – at a place which is very difficult to come away with all 3points.

Mike Williamson, who will now keep his place for the next game against Bolton at home a week come Saturday, even though Steven Taylor will be fit for that game, was just delighted with the excellent win:

“It was a great victory and a real battle,” “Everyone did their job all over the pitch, there were two good finishes and three important points. We will now go into the break on a high.”

“We showed resilience that we can defend against the big man, little man combination, and we showed we can pass it as well on a difficult surface.”

“There were a few sloppy mistakes in the Arsenal game, but we looked at it, eradicated them and are looking strong not only as a back four but as a team defending from the front.”

“We all thought that four points would be a good return from two very difficult games.” “We’ve now got a couple of home games coming up, and it means we can be looking ahead now rather than over our shoulders.”

Williamson has been a tremendous buy for Newcastle at just £1M, and we wonder how much he’s worth now, although Mike is going nowhere, and he has just signed a new contract though the summer of 2016 – a good move by the Newcastle club.

So we now have 11 days off before we met Bolton Wanderers a week come Saturday, and we have a little score to settle, after the Trotters hammered us 5-1 at the Reebok last year – we’ll need at least a win in the game to settle that score.

Newcastle now have 35 points from 27 games, and in 2011 in the 8 league games we’ve played (we’ll not even mention Stevenage), we have 3 wins, 4 draws and only one defeat for 13 points – not too bad at all – and we’ve been unlucky too

But we must beat Bolton in the next game, and after that it’s another home game against Everton, and we can do the double over the Toffees this seaosn.

If we win those two home games, we could even be in the top six.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it just me or does it look a bit strange seeing Oba in a Premier League shirt that isn’t Newcastle’s?

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #2

    would you swop martins for best?
    not tonight!

  • Mac

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Nope it doesn’t ;ook strange. He’s poo.

  • Phil K

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Williamson’s just signed a contract ? So had Carroll.
    And Tiote’s only just done so, yet they’re talking of HIM leaving too !

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #5

    We have now played everyone in the PL and can be proud of our overall performance and our progress. There have been some depressing downs but thats football – there’s much more to come – but if nothing else we will never forget the season back where we belong and those games legendary against sunderland and arsenal !


    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #6

    @ Thump, yes a bit odd to see Oba in a different kit tonight. Glad we picked up the points tho.

  • baro

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Great 3 points from the lads today! I thought it was a really really good and useful 3 points. Goals from Best and lovenkrands of the strikers were very crucial ones. Jonas did a great job creating both goals and couped off 3 points! Very important win…

  • baro

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Any 1 know where i can watch the replay of the whole game of NUFC vs Birmingham? would very much appreciate it!

  • nicolnj

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #9

    blimey, my only toon shirt has martins name on the back, must be bad luck, next time i’ll put the bull’s or joey’s

  • lewman

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #10

    better than having babayaro nicolnj

  • newcastle29

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #12
  • nicolnj

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #13

    @lewman: that will be awful, at least can donate both of them to africa 🙂

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t mess with the Best, ‘cos the Best don’t mess!

  • ogbell

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Great team performance.

    I am coming round to the idea that both Tiote and Enrique will be sold in the summer. If we can recoup somewhere in the region of £40m for the pair we will be in a very good position financially. Graham Carr will be out there targeting similar steals like the £3.5m Tiote deal from this summer. In theory £70m for 3 players is brilliant business from Ashley – as long as it is invested in players like Wickham, Chamberlain, Lalana, as well as adding a few “wise” heads to go with Barton, Nolan et al.

    The money the club is making could make it self sufficient – thus turning the academy into a factory of quality young players.

    The future is bright – only if the money is invested.

    All the above being said – I still would prefer Tiote and Enrique to stay!!!!!!!


  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #16

    i’d love to see oba bag a few goals in that nice blue kit, was always a fan of his. can’t wait to see ben afra and other come back, Pardew will have some interesting decisions.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 16, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Ogbell – I really believe Tiote and Enrique will be with us next season and beyond.

    Question people. Leon Best scores 7/8 more goals between now and the end of the season, would you grace him with our no9?

  • ginkoh

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully we keep on improving next season. I’m excite and wanna know how far we can go. Nothing impossible in football. HWTL !

  • ToonOz

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we are surely safe now! Can’t wait to go crazy checking transfer news this summer, I know I should not get my hopes up, although we did get HBA last summer!!

    Would love to invest in some talent youngsters, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Wickham and although we can’t compete with salary, at least they will have a chance of game time at NUFC

  • henock1989

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #20

    @toonoz chamberlain is out of the question
    …we need more European players ….there are far far far better players in france, italy and Portugal than players u mentioned ./..but the only manager who notice that is furguson and wenger

  • NOVA2967

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #21


    i thank you

  • mgermino

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #22

    how much is williamson worth now? 3-5 mil.?

  • Toonmania

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #23

    “Question people. Leon Best scores 7/8 more goals between now and the end of the season, would you grace him with our no9?”

    I think he is starting to show some premier league quality and IF he kept it up and took his goal tally to around 12 for the season then maybe you would have to start looking at giving him the No9, but i would have hoped we could have bought a really classy striker in the summer Ben Arfa must know 1 or 2 😉

  • balubas1

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t want to take too much away from the lad, but Williamson is playing up to the level that is expected from him. He is not in any way playing above normal premier league CB level. He has looked shaky in some games, and even yesterday he was out of position on some occations. But as long as he maintains this level, he is OK. I expect Taylor to take his spot when 100% match fit though.

    But in the end we should be very pleased that we have 3 CB’s fully capable of doing the works for us. Depth in the backline is crucial in a long season.

  • Oleg G

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #25

    1. Peoples obsession about Amy Carlos (yeah, I don’t use the lads real name any more) in the media and in this blog is amazing. Also Pardew mentioned him yesterday again. Why? Who cares, he is gone and he is just another player now.

    2. The game was a good performance. Problem in holding the ball in the last 15 minutes, gave a lot of chances to B’gham.

    3. We will loose Tiote, Jose, HBA and Jonas, all gone in the summer (this is me being pessimistic so later, when and if we will sell one or more, I won’t be disappointed.

    4. 5 games until the Man U game. All are winable. 15 points. We can get 7-12 points from that (12, being very optimistic of course, but who knows. Then we can even call our team consistent for the first time this season).

    After that, 6 games to play, Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool – difficult games. Would love it if we win again against Liverpool!
    The other 3, well, B’gham again,Blackpool and West Brom. If we get from these 6 games 7-9 points, I will be happy. Expecting to loose to Man U, although I would probably prefer to win against them and loose 3 games for that. Hate Man U!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #26

    henock1989 // Feb 16, 2011 at 6:07 AM 20

    Agree so much! Some how, our team doesn’t like to talk about players who are not british or without PL expirience. Then what happens is, Man U and Arsenal and sometimes Liverpool and Chelsea too, are buying great players for cheaper then after PL experience and we complain why we are not in the top 5-6 or more.
    Need to look farther then our nose to find the real gems (and of course, not 100% guarantee that all are good, but it is better to try 5 and find 1-2, then put all your money on some PL star and gamble that he won’t get injured, or just will play bad for us).

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Henock1989, Your a joke mate ! I can remember you posting comments on my facebook status.You say you want to be a scout,That is laughable ! Dont waste your time on the internet searching players who need to be scouted for the toon.

  • polishgeordietillidie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #28


  • RedMissionBells

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #29

    I am very glad our strikers scored today. Most importantly, we secured 3 points.

    I agree that we have a honest team of hard working players willing to run the extra mile to cover one another. We may not have the fastest or the most skillful players, but our boys play with alot of passion these days.

    However, lets not get too excited our Ben Arfa, Gosling and Ireland’s return from injuries. They need time to rest and get adjusted back to playing high-tempo football. Lets not expect miracles from them and let them settle into the league. I honestly do not think we will drop to the coca cola league as we have players who really care for the team (unlike the year we got relegated).

    In relationhip to Ben Arfa, the kid just broke his leg. He may take time to gain back confidence running around again, let alone dribbling pass defenders.

    So lets be realistic about their returns. 🙂

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #30

    All who have said that silly talks about JONAS should be shamed and shamed a lot. He was absolutely magnificient. As i have said before he is a TOP class and i HOPE he STAYS. Proud of our players.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #31

    I may be controversial in saying this but I believe that had CH still been in charge last night, I don’t think we’d have won.

    Pardew stuck to 442 whereas CH would have gone with a more defensive 451 I suspect. And that 451 didn’t work for us often enough.

    I’m still suspicious at this time of Pardew but each week when we play like this, I get less suspsicious and actually start to like the bloke.

  • doddsy

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #32

    oleg g– why on earth would we sell HBA in the summer we have just bloody signed him in jan for god sake dont worry dnt think we will be sellin any players but if we do it willl be routledge that all i think and mayba campbel i would like us sign

    whicham (just like carroll but only worth 5-8 million)
    kyle walker


    and a few more like but cant think

  • munch27

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Troleibusiukas_LTU // Feb 16, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Absolutely agree with ur comment Jonas was amazing last night and is my favourite Toon player.

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Hey polishgeordietillidie @ 28….

    Oya ganna telliz when a can siddoon?

  • ToonZiga

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Jonas was top class, so was Bests header. Amazing jump. Alan Pardew really did “upgrade” our defence. Its nice to have a lot of clean shits. Toon Toon.

  • southerngeordie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #36

    For me this has been a season of two teams. I was a huge fan of CH and everything he achieved at the club, the players respected him and fans loved him, and I really thought he was the man to take the club forward. However, when we went out onto the pitch you never quite knew what team would turn up.

    Games against Villa, Arsenal and Sunderland will live long in the memory however, it still pains me to think about Blackpool, Stoke and WBA. During those games I can’t help but think it was raw passion and performance that got us through. We’d go out fighting and not stop for 90+mins – those games were amazing (Villa, Arsenal and Sunderland that is).

    Under AP it is a completely different story, we still have the passion however, we’ve been able to combine that with discipline and a greater tactical awareness. Last nights performance was one of the most composed and complete performances I’ve seen from us for a long time.

    I still question whether AP is the man to drive us forward – CH was such a gentleman and commanded huge respect from everyone at NUFC (and still does). AP came in with a questionable reputation and for some will always be a member of the Cockney Mafia. However, his tactics have been spot on, his press dealings have been honest, and most of all we are playing tight, attractive, and attacking football.

    He is still a long way off from being considered in the same league as CH by the fans but if he keeps up with the start he’s made I’m hoping it won’t be too far off.

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Hey polishgeordietillidie @28, howay man, me legsis gettin tired… canna sidoon yit?

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #38


    Howay man, hurry up, a canna standhere aalday.. av got work tdee!

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #39

    What a cracking result.
    Bizarre night in some respects. Not many including me predicted a win.
    The strikers scored and Best played very well winning the majority of headers and his goal was immense.
    As was the defence, solid as a rock apart from Enrique, who made a few reckless decisions .
    Topsey turvey night but a bloody good one!

  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #40


    Arent you forgetting someone? You say we need to look abroad because there are ‘far far better players’

    I’m pretty sure they’ve already got that under control. Tiote £3.5m, HBA £6m, Enrique £6m, Collo and Jonas (cant remember how much they cost)

    The majority of our foriegn first team players could be seen as a steal at the prices they’re worth now.

    I’d stick to your youtube based scouting if I were you.


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