There was really good news for Newcastle fans as Mike Williamson played 45 minutes for the Newcastle Reserve team at Whitley Park yesterday.
Mike Williamson – in action at Bolton last season
And Mike came through the game just fine, as he played the first half, and afterwards said he felt completely fine, which was good news.
Newcastle Reserves drew 1-1 with Bolton yesterday, and the game was marked by Williamson pairing up with Tamas Kadar in central defense, and there’s a partnership that has height and heading ability at the back with Mike standing 6′ 4″ tall and Tamas at 6’2′.
Mike seemed really pleased after the game, and the Stoke-born defender had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“I feel completely fine. That was the plan today – to play 45, to get myself back in and try and get the cobwebs out and then train on Thursday and Friday,”
“It reminded me of what I’ve been missing. It was good and I enjoyed it. It was great to get the boots back on and now that I’m back, hopefully I can just get fitter.
“Injuries are frustrating but it’s just part and parcel of football. It has been really good to see the team doing so well and enjoying the plaudits that they deserve for working so hard.”
“I’ll accelerate it as quickly as possible, but not to the detriment of anything.” “But my knee and ankle are completely fine now, so it’s just about getting the minutes under my belt .”
“And I’ll try to get as much fitness and running as I can.”
Mike has the ability to come in and fill in for the injured Steven Taylor, who was in magnificent form for Newcastle, in the first 14 league games of the season.
That was before a bad Achilles tendon injury he suffered near the end of the Chelsea game, and cruelly it has ruled him out for the season – how unlucky can you get!
On the positive side, we have to remember that Mike was first choice with Colo all of last season in central defense, until he broke his arm in the gym during that assault training course, which has since been dropped by Alan Pardew. 😀
But seriously, Mike is an excellent player and he’s played well for Newcastle ever since he was signed from Portsmouth almost two years ago, for a measly £1M – another tremendous acquisition for Newcastle.
For the record, Mike has so far made 49 appearances for Newcastle, and we’re sure he’ll do great for Newcastle once he comes in when he’s fully match fit.
We wonder if that will be for the game next Wednesday at home to WBA?
That may come a little too early, but we’ll see.