Mike Williamson has used this season to prove he can play in the English Premier League.
Mike Williamson challenges Nani on Tuesday night
And for a footballer who spent most of his career in the lower leagues, before Chris Hughton rescued him from a nightmare at Portsmouth, that’s got to be good.
Mike never once played for the Portsmouth first team, presumably because of financial reasons, but Williamson has never looked back at Newcastle, since signing in January of last year.
Oh, and we almost forget to say the club signed him for a paltry £1M – what a buy!
Mike was Man of the Match in his very first game against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park on 27th January last year, and he has gone on from there.
He is well aware that the game this afternoon at Blackpool will not be easy, for a Newcastle side fresh from their great display against Manchester United on Tuesday night:
“It’ll be a difficult match for Blackpool potentially, but it’s important we approach it with the same mentality as Manchester United,” “We can’t take our foot off the gas, as has been the case at times this season.”
“We’ve shown time and time again that when we get the mentality right, we can beat anyone.”“We need to play with the same tempo we did last Tuesday. It’s all about how we approach the game.” You saw in the Wolves game when we needed to win, we got a big three points. When the pressure’s on, we’ve got a lot of players who react well.”
“Teams like Manchester United have the ability when they don’t play well to get a win and that’s the key for us finishing seventh, eighth, ninth.” “As far as the lads are concerned, this is a massive game for us, so it shouldn’t be too hard to focus. Blackpool are desperate for the points and we know what’s at stake.”
“It’ll obviously be a contrasting occasion to the other night. We’ve just got to play well, turn up and do what we did against Manchester United, which is work hard. Hopefully if we get the rub of the green, we can get the three points.”
“Survival was our primary target this season. To secure that at any stage of the season would have been good. Next season, we want to be setting our targets higher.”
That’s a good point Mike makes, that the Newcastle targets will be a lot higher next season, and qualifying for Europe seems to be the next step for the club.
It’s been difficult for Newcastle to maintain their consistency this season, but that is always what sides need to do, once a team becomes anywhere decent, which Newcastle are at the moment.
While they will do well against a Manchester United or a Liverpool, the lads sometimes have trouble beating the weaker sides in the league, as we’ve seen with Blackpool and Blackburn at home, who both went away from St. James’ Park with all 3 points, and we wouldn’t dare mention the Stevenage game.
Blackpool are on a terrible streak of form right now, and we don’t want them to break that against the Magpies this afternoon.
Since beating Liverpool 2-1 at home on 12th January, they have gone 13 games with just one win (at home against Spurs on 22nd February) and 5 points from a possible 39 points available.
And that’s what we mean, this is a game Newcastle should win, but in the past they haven’t done that, and seem to follow one great performance, with a poor one.
We have to hope that will not happen this afternoon, and that the lads can get all 3 points, and then we’ll all be flying and ready to meet Liverpool at Anfield a week come Sunday.
With players fit and ready for Newcastle, anything could happen in that game.
Howay The Lads!!