Newcastle Defense Looking Better – 3 Clean Sheets In Last 5 Games


Ever since Mike Williamson arrived on Tyneside, we always thought he was a very good defender, and he’s also a smashing lad and a top class professional.

Mike Williamson – great game against Manchester United

And with players like Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye getting most of the plaudits for Newcastle’s terrific win over Manchester United, Mike probably didn’t get the praise he deserved.

It was clear that he has come in and formed a good understanding again with captain Fabricio Coloccini, and Newcastle’s new back four of Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson and Santon looked very strong against the Red devils.

We were really impressed with young Davide Santon who looked good and will be learning big time with the run he will surely now get in the Newcastle first team.

And if he stays in the Newcastle first team and keeps up the form he showed on Wednesday night, he could make the full Italian squad for the Euro 2012 tournament in the summer – and certainly Newcastle’s win will have received full press coverage in Italy.

We also thought that Ryan Taylor looked good out on the right wing, and he can certainly put those good centers over, and he also has a very good throw-in, which Newcastle may now try to use to their advantage, as Stoke City do.

Ryan has proved this season he is an excellent squad player,  and is valuable to Newcastle because he can do  a decent job for the club in many different positions, and Alan Pardew seems to have brought the very best out of the former Wigan player.

It’s not going to be an easy game for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon against Blackburn Rovers, and Alan Pardew has already talked today about stamping out any complacency that may creep into the side,  following the historic  win on Wednesday night.

It seems that Mike Williamson is taking nothing for granted and this is what he told the local press today:

“It’s nice to be sitting pretty in the league, but it’s always about the next game, and we’ve got the FA Cup now,” 

“The gaffer wants to do well in every competition. It’s a fantastic competition. Blackburn will bring a different threat.”

“It’ll be a break from the league for them, and it’ll be a different test for us. They’ve got Chris Samba, and a lot of threats through the middle.

“If the lads show the effort and determination we did against Man United, we should be OK.”

“It was hard work on Wednesday,”  “They’ve got class throughout their side.”

If our lads at the back can put in  performances like they did on Wednesday in the following few games, there’s no reason at all that we cannot go on another good run again.

We’ve now got 8 points from the last nine games, but it’s also important to realize that in the last five games we’ve had three clean sheets, and that bodes well for the future.

But the challenge for the next five games or so at Newcastle is who will score the goals now,  with the fabulous Demba Ba away at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal.

Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Ben Arfa are four players who immediately come to mind.

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256 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    As brutoon would say No PERCH

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    As I would say bring out those Perch fans there are a plenty….. No idea why Pardew never played him from the start of Taylors Injury…

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey. Ive got perch on the back of my top

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    gorgonzola… who? Willo was injured :/

    QPR offer £5m for Samba… I dont usually make comments like this, but if Samba goes anywhere for £5m without us expressing an interest, I’ll be absolutely livid.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    TDS – If QPR have offered 5mil, you can expect that fee to rise considerably as plenty of teams want him

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Blackburn will fall apart now man, they’ve got no money to spend and need to sell to buy and also the players favourite Paul Clement has quit to go to PSG with Ancelotti

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Off topic but I reckon a very interesting point.

    Wouldnt it be awesome if in preparation for Euros and qualification the england squad played a friendly against Newcastle. Or other Prem teams with no england internationals.

    I think it would be interesting to see the results

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8

    An old school friend of mine who lives in Blackburn has said that the Venkies haven’t sacked Keene is they can’t afford to pay him off???

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #9

    JB that would make sense, hasn’t he just signed an extended contract? The compensation would be fairly considerable.

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    follow me on twatter lads il follow u DJ_John163 🙂

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #11

    indian

    sory even il say no to perch 😉 but il give the lad a chance in mid not at RB

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Keane is being treated disgracefully – and everyone respected within football thinks the same, from managers to the top journalists.

    Before he took over he was one of the most highly rated young coaches in the country. They sold his best players, & didn’t replace any of them.

    He’s shown he’s not a bad manager recently, and personally I hope they sack him and go down anyway. The fans deserve it.

    Boltons fans are a good example of how to get behind the team & manager. They were brilliant, even when we were controlling the games and went 1 up.

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  • John

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    People have slated Vuckic over the pool game no one played well that nite he should start CM 2moro, like to see Samey and HBA get a game to.

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  • G

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    @ post 9. I read somewhere that they can sack him for nothing as part of the new contract. There is a clause meaning he won’t get a penny. I have no idea how that works, but it was quite contraversial when he signed the deal.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    John

    Who? lol, I’ve seen nothing but praise for the kid on here

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Rosted Pork – Your following me already haha so am following you aswel a think

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Keene has handled himself very well considering the amount of shyte that’s been thrown at him. If he stays I hope they stay up, but if they sack him I hope they go down

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    G

    Why would he possibly sign that haha? There’s load of rumors, I think it’s probably just a contract extension to give him a little security. Can’t make your job easy if you think you’re going to be sacked

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #19

    think kean isn’t bad like! If you saw how they played now compared to under sam allardyce….least they’re watchable now! Problem is he gets his better players sold and no money to replace them! think its near guarenteed he’ll lose samba and hoilett in jan too! Not sure what blackburn fans are expecting! They spent next to nothing in the summer and lost their star player in phil jones! Venkys make Mike Ashley look like Jack Walker in terms of owners!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Guthrie is just as capable as Cabaye. I hope he and Collocini signs the new contract. Even Williamson has been great. Without Perch we suddenly stop conceding. No brainer, Perch is not a defender. I think he plays central midfield very well though. I’ve seen play through balls a number of times in that position and am impressed.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Rosted Pork..you have a Chelski shirt on on your dp? =\

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    ————Krul
    Simo-Perch-Colo-Santon
    ——Abeid-Vuckic
    Gosling-Ben Arfa-Fergie
    ———–Best

    Thats my team for tomorrow

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #23

    @nicpthornton, only on there during the window for a laugh with Belfast

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Would prefer Williamson but a just feel we should rest him for the QPR game dont want to put to much pressure on his ankle and knee

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Gt89, whats your username? I’m in a massive competition with my brother (a ManUre fan) to get the most followers and he’s just taken the lead, so it would be appreciated if you guys could support the Toon side of the rivalry ha. My username is LewSpi.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Everyone get yah assed on skysports and vote for Cabaye for goal of the week or Ba if hes in it

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #27

    LewSpi – @DayleBarron

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #28

    LewSpi – Following you mate, can’t let Man U beat us

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #29

    LewSpi – Sorted bud

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #30

    GT

    To be fair, we don’t have a game for another week. If it was a league game we’d have no problems playing Willo.

    But you’re right I guess – he’s played every single minute over a really busy period

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Kean’s confirmed they’ll consider any off for Hoilett as well. Unfortunately I can’t see us in for any attacking midfielders…

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Hahaha good lads, you’ve brought us back to even.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #33

    TDS – Ano mate but for me finishing higher in the league is more important and we must beat QPR at home obviously we might have a CB already there to sign then that would be different but Willo is bound to be slightly fatigued and imo should get a well earned rest as that team should have more than enough to beat a Blackburn team even with Perchypoo init

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #34

    There were people who were glad that Seb Larsson chose Sunderland and not us. And that he was a below average player. I guess now he’s making you all eat the words.

    He has the highest number of crosses in the league with 163. He has 5 goals and 2 assists in his name. And a great contributor to many of Sunderland attacks because of his passing ability.

    Gutted we missed out on him. I’d do a straight swap for him and Obertan anyday. Quality player and 1 of the best performers in the league this season.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Larsson is the same player as Ryan Taylor imo.. If taylor had been in Larssons positions this season he would of had plenty of assists and crosses aswel plus Taylors got 3 goals from LB so he’s better

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #36

    If anyone should get a break surely it is Collo. Willo needs games as he has only just got back from injury.

    Get Perch in and make him captain! Troll

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #37

    ilovetoon

    To be fair mate, 2 assists from 163 crosses is absolutely dreadful. But I realise that’s more than likely down to their strikers than him – he’s clearly got a decent cross on him.

    It may not have been a case of him “choosing them over us” though. Maybe he wanted too high wages? He’s a bit of a greedy bar steward from I hear.

    GT89

    Yeah I guess so. I’d give Jonas a rest as well if Pardew feels Sammy can replace him. He isn’t a player who really gets injured, but he’s been looking exhausted for a long time now.

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  • boater

    Jan 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #38

    TDS – have you listened to yesterday’s Football weekly by any chance?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    @GeordieToon89 // Jan 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Hilarious you are comparing Raylor to Larsson and is saying Raylor is better. LOL. Raylor played like 2 games for us there this season.

    Proper comparisons is Obertan and Larsson who has had half a season so far to impress. And both play in the same position. Larsson is pure quality and heads and shoulders above Obertan in terms of footballing brains thus far.

    Is Raylor just as good as Larsson? None of us can say. Larsson has been a revelation this season and is definitely contender for signing of the season.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #40

    In all honesty though we should stick with our current back 4 so they can continue to grow and learn each other in the heat of a real match.

    I know that Simmo, Willo and Collo all have played regularaly but Santno (added the O so that it fits) needs game time with the others IMO.

    My team:

    GK- Krul
    RB- Simmo
    CB- Willo
    CB- Collo
    LB- Santono
    DM- Smith
    CM- Abied
    AM- Benny
    RW- Ober
    LW- Guti
    CF- Best

    I think that changing too much of the team would prove to be a bad move and with Samba we cannot play the same game as Wednesday so Strolla is back on the bench for me.

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