Newcastle Targets Will Be Much Higher Next Season


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!!



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15 comments so far

  • WELSH TOON ™

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    “Next season, we want to be setting our targets higher”

    I’m very proud of the squad this season with the position we’re in now, and would be happy with a top half finnish next season (It takes time to build a squad) but pushing for a higher target sounds good to me iswell.

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  • andre29

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Blackpool FC vs. Newcastle United watch online on http://stjamesstream.blogspot.com/

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    welsh toon .. agreed .. the squad has performed very well seeing as they are thread bare with injuries .. just hope ashley realises if we’ve a few injuries next season we could be in for trouble .. we need strikers, wingers, backup for tiote and cover for wing backs ..

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    maybe a CB as well .. there was talk of the swansea CB on a free .. ashley williams .. could do with him as well

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    heres who I think we should go for

    CB Ashley williams
    LB Oscar Wendt
    RB ??
    LW N’Zog/Turan
    RW Gervinho
    DM Leroy Fer
    Striker Lukaku (maybe out of our league)
    Striker Sow

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I think thats the minimum squad players .. means we can play 4-5-1 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 .. and we may be able to cope with injuries

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Then maybe top 8 .. or a good cup run will be acheivable

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    now for the outs
    Guthrie (undecided whether we can keep him, maybe loan out)
    Perch
    Lovenkrands .. and thats about it ..
    suppose RB cover could be Gosling

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    A quote from ARRY today
    “If you pay them the wages they’ll come”
    Shows you how the spurs are looking for talent across the globe 🙂
    WIllo is still learning his trade as he goes to ground far too early but he is learning well from Collo and will only get better,i hope

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  • geoff777

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Set your targets high.
    European football and a cup would be great.

    HWTL

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  • sweendog

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Also I think DM cover for Tiote like Leroy Fer is a must as he will be away for about 4-6 games with the ACN ..

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  • Weezertoon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Williamson has a fantastic defensive mind, a great understanding with Coloccini (remember the run hernandez made? and how they worked together to neutralise the threat? brilliant to watch), and I can only see this lad getting better. Willocini is definately our starting XI combo for next season, Need to bring in a good CB for cover. If taylor improves over the summer he may be a worthy sub, but at the minute he has lacked the tactical awareness he needs to be a CB time and time again. Maybe Loan him out to a championship side?

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  • carrollsinger

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    We beat Liverpool 3-1 at home not 2-1 and we drew with spurs we didn’t win I thought fans would know these scores?

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  • toon_fanatic

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    next season in contention for europe

    i hope we go for these player this summer:-

    1) Target Man Sigthorsson 2m
    2) Poacher Kevin Gameiro 10m max
    3) Winger cum 2nd striker Gervinho 10-12m
    4) Hard tackling versatile Axel Witsel 7m
    5) Decent LB Oscar Wendt free transfer

    plus get S.Ireland for bargain 4m

    with these additions plus less injury, we will go for champions league again. and beat Barca (=
    ou oh, hope that Mike Ashley did not spoil the progress that the team made. please dont MA

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  • Currytoon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    I think you should try reading that again Carrollsinger before you try the sarcasm.

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