Mike Williamson could well start at Bolton on Monday afternoon.
Mike Williamson – could return at Bolton on Monday
But if that happens James Perch could well get another run out in central defense fairly soon, and that’s because Colo is on four yellow cards, and one more caution will see him miss one game, just like Yohan Cabaye did on Wednesday.
Newcastle were still vulnerable a bit in defense on Wednesday because at 6′ ‘ Colo isn’t the tallest center-back around, and he needs somebody taller alongside him, like 6’2″ Steven Taylor or 6’4″ Mike Williamson.
Indeed expect the new center-back arriving next month (there’s some hope in that statement) will be tall at around 6’4″.
Unfortunately Colo collected his 4th yellow card in the last few minutes of the game on Wednesday, so expect Colo to miss one game fairly soon.
Maybe we will have a new central defender in by then, but we doubt it.
Alan Pardew talked about Mike Williamson today:
“Mike’s trained well. We’ve missed our No 1 header of the ball since Steven’s been out.”
“We’ve conceded from set plays, and it’s important that he comes back in the team at some point.”
“And, of course, Bolton are a big side.”
It was a bad night for Newcastle fans on Wednesday, because we were looking forward to a win and surely Newcastle could beat a middle of the table side in WBA, especially after a solid performance in the previous game against Swansea, in which we kept a clean sheet.
Colo did not have a good game against WBA, but Pardew came to the defense of the Newcastle defender today:
“I don’t think that’s a problem for him because of the injury suffered against Chelsea. He puts himself on the line,”
“He needed a bit more help. The back four were a little bit stretched. That’s something we’ll look at for Bolton.”
“Colo’s very important. You can’t legislate for four bookings,” “He has to be committed in the challenge, and hopefully the referee doesn’t deem that it’s a yellow card.”
“I won’t tell him to play any differently.”
And Davide Santon will miss the game on Monday, since he has fluid on that knee again, and it may have to be drained again, but if everything goes okay, he could return at Anfield for the game next Friday.
We’d like to see Williamson return on Monday night if at all possible, and a back four of Simpson Williamson Coloccini and Ryan Taylor looks quite strong.
But of course both Colo and Williamson had poor games in this same fixture last year, when we were hammered 5-1, and both picked up three match bans from that game.
If that happens on Monday night we will be in very serious trouble again.