Williamson Plays 45 Minutes As Reserves Draw With Bolton


Newcastle Reserves drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers  at Whitley Park this afternoon, in a behind closed doors game.

Haris Vuckic in action this afternoon

But it did give Mike Williamson some playing time fort eh first timer in four months.

Mike played the first 45 minutes partnering out-in-the- cold Hungarian Tamas Kadar in central defense, for his first game back since injuring his ankle at Scunthorpe United on 25th August.

The sooner Mike is fully fit and able to play alongside Coloccini in the Newcastle first team the better it will be for the side.

There was a swirling wind throughout the game, although the sun was out, and Newcastle took an early lead after 8 minutes when Dan Taylor headed the ball home from close range, following a good run and cross from Sam Adjei.

But then after 20 minutes there was a downpour as the skies darkened, and the conditions became very difficult for the players, as the field became very slick.

Williamson was replaced in the second half by the impressive young local lad, Remie Streete, and when it looked like Newcastle would wrap up the game with 3 points, the visitors equalized on 85 minutes.

Michael O’Halloran put the ball home from close range at the second attempt, after Rob Elliot had made a fine save, but there was some poor defending for the lead up to the goal.

It was good that Mike Williamson got a run-out,  although he will probably not be ready for Saturday and Swansea – unfortunately.

Newcastle Reserves: Elliot, Henderson, Ferguson, Abeid (Edmundsson 46), Williamson (Streete 46), Kadar, Richardson, Inman, Taylor (D), Vuckic, Adjei (Storey 88).
Subs not used: Baird, Moyo.



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104 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #1

    So Willo is a bit rusty, expect to see him on the bench thenvat Swans.
    Maybe we’ll start Streete? 😛

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #2

    No chance Dannyo unfortunately. Pardew loves Perch for some reason so we will see him again. No Simpson as his partner though please! We need a taller player in there. Give Santon a chance at CB. If we go with Perch Swansea will score. He is far too weak in the air to be a CB. This is a very big challenge for Pardew. I thought he did poorly in squad selection against Norwich. I think Santon needed to be one of the CB’s. We should have changed the formation around after they scored their second. It would be a terrible shame to give up more points against Swansea and West Brom but I fear we will. I don’t think Willo is ready yet as Ed notes above.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Dannyo
    Do you watch the reserves on nufc tv,and do you think the likes of Streete,Abeid and Kadar are ready to step up to the first team

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    @Gtwo
    I agree, i would’ve selected differently, but Pards info is better than mine, so it’s hard to make a case for it.
    Seeing streete in the squad is just wishfull thinking btw, only 16, but he plays fearlessly.
    Collow is back for Swans, 80%, but i, certain Perch will start alongside him. If Santon don’t start at LB, i’ll be furious. Bench Raylor for goodness sake.
    He wasn’t even very good at RB…

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  • shearer4pm

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #5
  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope you’re right about Colo Dannyo, we desperately need him back there. Surely Colo could support Kadar and make that a pretty decent pairing. Just don’t want to see Perch anywhere near the CB position again. Poor goals surrended sap the energy and morale of the team. This is a key game to restore the team’s confidence. Don’t blow it by playing Perch at CB Pardew!

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  • Burni

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s a shame that I agree with you guys…. Pardew will stick with perch but surely an out of form tall guy is better than a constantly poor midget?

    But I must confess, due to work commitments, I have been unable to watch the last two matches so how has perch performed? As poor as we all feared? Or has he made a name for himself? I know santon has

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  • Willo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Well with Simpson failing to sign his new deal we could have an even bigger problem. Raylor may be forced to stay in the side in a back four without Simpson.

    Say…
    Raylor Colo(Perch) Santon Kadar(Fergie)

    Or switch Kadar and Santon but if we lose another defender in Simpson to a contract dispute you have to believe it’s either Ferguson who made the bench last week or Kadar.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Dont want to see Perch anywhere near St James park never mind CB (unless he’s arriving on the mackem team bus)

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail for Ashley, Does he have a bus driving license then? Because the scum wouldn’t even have him as a player.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #11

    The Swansea attack is basically Graham and Sinclair with 9 goals between them. Normally this would be a piece of cake for us at home but the injuries mean this will be a very tough one to win. We definitely need more service from the wings for Ba and whoever else we play (probably Shola as Pardew doesn’t like to change the lineup). What has happened to poor Hatem? Surely these are games where his skill would benefit us most? I think Pardew thinks of him as a defensive liability but if he could score one and set one up??

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    @Gtwo
    Oh, haven’t thought of that, with Collos guidance, Kadar could become a more viable option. Remains to be seen tho, Pardew doesn’t seem to be too experimental.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    If pardew sticks with perch and raylor, it makes an absolute mockery of his statement that he had learnt from his previous mistakes and was a better manager for it.

    Whether playing kadar or putting santon in the middle would have worked we don’t know, but we do know Perch is not up to it. FACT !!

    Why is it that a lot of our previous managers and Pardew have always had this stubborn streak and never had a plan B?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    To put smith on instead of Ben Arfa when you’re chasing a game defies belief.

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    JFA….

    Amen I hope and pray for the same….

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda
    Playing Smith puts him in the window for January, however little play time it may be. It was also a lost cause, whoever we put on wouldn’t make a difference, Smith was probs a defensive desciosion too, wouldn’t be nice to let another one in.
    I couldn’t care less if Rob Elliott would’ve come on for Ba…

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda….

    To put smith on instead of Ben Arfa when you’re chasing a game defies belief.

    welcome to my world mate I was livid I still am….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Spot on GG, MoN wouldn’t touch Perch with a 10 foot pole. How is he still with us? Is it because he is cheap? That would be my bet. Get him out of the squad ASAP Pardew. Keeping players like him stinks of lack of ambition from Ashley and Llambias.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #19

    @Gtwo
    I don’t think it’s a lackof ambition to keep him,i just don’t think it’s possible to shift m without him going on a free, lol.

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  • alex84

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Ben arfa needs to play on sat, so does santon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve got a bad feeling someone will have to be sold to balance the books for this 6/7 million deal for Maiga,just got to hope its Loverkrands Smith and Perch although I cant see any of them of them fetching 6/7 grand and I dont think anyone will go anywhere near Smith knowing he’s going to be free in the summer.

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  • Kris

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah! We should go for Lucas Barrios. Great player and score many goals.

    Any news around Maiga?

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail
    I don’t think so mate, but wages could be a different thing. We invested zero, almost, on transfer fees, but to keep the club steady financially, Smith, Perch and Loven would make a difference. At the same time, i doubt Smith will leave until the summer, as u say, he’ll want to keep his super wages, and not take the cut until he has to.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Lovenkrands has said he is going to stay with us until the summer and run his contract out, I like the guy, just not good enough for our first team but is a handy squad player but he wants first team footy so can’t blame him. Can’t see anyone coming in for Smith in Jan, on a free or otherwise. Surely we should be allowing for an expanding wage bill in order to progress, the wages are in a better state now than they were last year with the offloading of Jose, Barton and Nolan so there should still be room to manoeuvre but we will have to see.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #25

    @Ruddy
    I disagree, the fact that Smith and Loven wants to wait until the summer is purely a financial position, it’s got zero to do with sport or playing football. The fact that Guthrie won’t sgin a contract, atleast not yet, is a sporting decision, he wants more play time.
    Loven and Smith are coming to and end of their career, ofcourse they want the most money possible out of it, so would i, lol.
    If they wanted to play footy, they should’ve left in the summer.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Well who could blame them, they have been given fairly good contracts, especially Smith on 60k a week, which even when he was a first team player was ludicrous wages, and they are more than entitled to decide to stay here and run them out. Lovenkrands wants football, he doesn’t want to stay on our bench. I’m not sure if he has even been offered a new contract so it could all be moot regardless haha

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #27

    @Ruddy
    No, the only ones to blame for paying silly wages for average players are us, sadly.
    Loven won’t be given a new contract, no way. Both Shola and Gutti had their contracts extended by only two years, and they’re only 29.
    Loven is too old at this point, no way he would’ve gotten a new one.
    If he wanted to play more, his agent ahould be on the case in January 2012. Otherwise i don’t think he has a desire to play that much, and money matters more.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #28

    @Dannyo I agree with you on the wages, it isn’t the players’ fault it’s the club’s. However, I have to say that Loven and Smith were great servants of the club during the Championship season and I won’t forget that in a hurry. And considering they are both in the winding down period of their careers I suppose it is only to be expected that they want to make as much money as possible. I will bid them both a fond farewell when they do go, but I suppose you are right, it’s not about football at all, money talks haha

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #29

    I really wish AP would quit being so obstinate and narrow-minded, with HBA. He’d create and score far more than Obertan does, from the RW. He’s unpredictable, but in a good way, he has an agile mind, doesn’t follow the set patterns of play and movement – he’s inventive. I mean, the move between him and Ba against Man City – out of our entire squad, only he possesses that magic to spark something like that.

    He also has more heart and determination than Obertan – doesn’t shirk tackles.

    He performed amazingly well against the 2 Manc teams, then after 45 mins against Chelsea, he is banished to the bench. Seems wholly unfair, when you have Raylor and Obertan continuously messing up and not being omitted.

    Obertan is as daft as a brush, to put it politely. I’m already tired of AP’s ‘project’.

    I’m sure HBA feels a little indignation too.

    I’d love to see this team, at some point this season:

    _______________Krul
    Simpson____Willo____Colo____Santon
    _______________Tiote
    __________Guthrie___Cabaye
    Ben Arfa_______________________Jonas
    _______________Ba

    Hoping.

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  • AMEOBI

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #30

    GeodieGerman,
    Last article I was taking the pee haha 😉

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  • southerntoon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #31

    i think pardew’s getting unfair criticism over his team selection, he’s just being fair to the players who have done so well for us in the early part of the season. everyone knows raylors not the best but he can get you a goal and thats important.

    if he starts chopping and changing the team too much we’ll suffer. continuity in the side is part of why we’ve been decent this season. plus he’s the one who see’s the players day in day out so he’s best positioned for picking the team. i think he’s doing a stellar job considering how painfully small our squad is.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail for Ashley @ 21, Didn’t Llambias say on record, that some of the Carroll money would be kept back for the January transfer window?

    Ameobi @ 30, you had me worried.

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  • Offkey

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #33

    AP – I thought Cabaye matched that ball quite well against Norwich……….but I would like to see the team you put down. I’d see how it went and then try Best out up top as well.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #34

    @GG
    That was said, yes, this likely why the transfer is already happening with maiga, cause we can 😉
    But i worry that these money also is spent on wages… Which doesn’t leave much left.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #35

    AP, I think Ben Arfa will definitely be starting. Swansea play on the ground. Pardew will fight fire with fire.

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  • Offkey

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Dannyo – I dont really understand this talk of putting player sales against future wages, isn’t that what other revenue is for e.g gate receipts, shirt sales etc. If this was the case we would be a super rich club shortly…….and I just cant see it.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Dannyo, O ay it’ll include wages. That’s a cert.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #38

    In fact. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tight Ashley hasn’t worked out how much hotels cost each player for away games.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Maiga said to have passed medical with flying colors!
    Rumour on twitter that.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 13, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Offkey – Aye, that pass was sumptuous; Cabaye and Guthrie both have a great passing range and awareness.

    I meant the intricate move, when he and Ba carved Man City open and Ba fluffed the final line, Hart denying him down low. That sudden injection of cleverness.

    I hope you’re right GG. He’s a gem, in my opinion.

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