Mike Williamson Getting The Job Done For Newcastle – Again


How the Magpies’ defense plays tomorrow will be an important factor in how we do against tomorrow’s visitors, QPR.

Mike Williamson – playing solidly at the back for Magpies

It’s a bit of a new formation at the back, from the back four who did so well in the first 11 games of the season, when we were unbeaten.

Steven Taylor is out injured for the season,  but big Mike Williamson has come in, and he’s already looked very solid alongside Fab Coloccini in central defense.

And 21 year-old Italian International Davide Santon is finally making his mark in the team at left back,  in place of Ryan Taylor,  who did a good job for the side playing out of position in that position in the first half of the season.

Against Manchester United Ryan went to the other extreme when he started out on the right ring, and he had a good game there too, but the Liverpool native will probably be on the bench tomorrow, with the very talented Ben Arfa likely to start on the right wing.

But Ryan will play his part at some time tomorrow afternoon, there’s little doubt about that.

Mike Williamson has proved himself to be a good player for the Magpies over the last two years,  and what a  bargain buy the Stoke-on-Trent born player was from Portsmouth for only £1M.

This is what Mike had to say about the game tomorrow:

“We’ve lost a lot of big names, but we’ve gone on and done very well.” “The lads have responded very well.”

“We’ve brought some players in, and they’ve gelled tremendously.”“Joey would have brought a bit of spice to the game.” “He’s a good player, and he brought a lot to our team.”

“Obviously, it’s good from a Newcastle point of view that he’s not playing.” “We’re sitting pretty in the league at the minute.”

“Personally, it’s just nice to get some games under my belt. The lads have worked hard from day one, and with the togetherness they’ve got, it wasn’t hard to come in and do a job.

“It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable couple of weeks.” “If you start thinking about where you’re going to finish, you take your eye off the ball.”

“I know it’s a cliche, but we’ve just got to take it game by game, and carry on the way we’ve been playing.”

“They’ll be looking to impress, and stake their claims.” “We’re just looking to prepare properly, and carry the momentum.”  

“It’ll be a tough fixture, especially as they’ve got a new manager. 

We hope we can get another clean sheet tomorrow afternoon, and that would be our fourth clean sheet in the last seven games, which would be great.

But as we said earlier, if our defense can be as solid as they’ve looked over the last few games we have every chance of getting all 3 points tomorrow afternoon.

And for the record Mike Williamson has made 53 appearances so far for Newcastle, but has yet to score his first goal – maybe tomorrow?

Howay the Lads!!



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291 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Mike has done extremely well since his return from injury and looks comfortable along side Colo.

    Is there any truth that Erndic was at the Malmaisson this week?
    Heard one or two stories say he was but don’t know whether to believe them or not

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Apparently from the papers, Barcelona are set to join the bidding for Ravel Morrison.

    I still don’t want him here.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Ochy – Your timing’s getting better lad 🙂

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  • hrocks

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    from last post
    the kid looks quick,strong on the ball,comfortable with it at his feet and can tackle. knowing youtube thats will be the highlights of his career todate.what sort of price range are we looking at for him.

    jack butler
    burnsie ben on twitter seems to think he was at the hotel. he posts on here and got a few things spot on last window. it may have some legs

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6

    And also from rumors Cissokho is joining Arsenal. Him joining us is pure nonsense.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Benalouane seems like a decent defender, and he would come cheap, but his name would be to exspensive to get on the back of my shirt.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    @ ilovetoon

    Thanks for bringing your optimism to the blog.

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  • niafron

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    OK, so, i don’t know much about Benalouane, there is what i found on him on several St étienne fans forums:

    A tough guy, very physical, good tackler, good in the air but also have a good left foot, and a good technic.

    Some behavior problems, the lad was sometime too much proud of himself.

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  • niafron

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Could play LB, it seem.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #12

    @Beattie25 // Jan 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Your most welcome. =)

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #13

    @ niafron

    Behavior problems? He will be perfect!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    @jb from last post not sure bout erdinc rumours but the cissoko story is in qiute alot of the french press saying deal shoul be tied up monday, mark douglas says were not even intrested

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    With Aly Cissokho’s and Erdnic being touted as serious targets for us this window, is Mike Ashley about to stun us all or are we set for yet more disappointment ???

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    @ hrocks

    Maybe the £35 million is being invested to push us into Europe. What a sad World we live in when we cannot even dream anymore.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #17

    @10 £9 million euros dude not pounds

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    toonarmydownsouth – It’s hard to know what to believe with so many contrasting stories, lets just hope we are in for these players and that Ashley has seen the light and will now spend to solidify our position

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    @ toonarmydownsouth

    Correction, he does not say we are not interested. He says worth checking out.

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  • niafron

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Concerning Erding, he’s likely to leave Parsi, but is suposed to stay in France.

    What is this Malmaison’s story JB?

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Toonincheek and jimmymagpie

    From a couple of threads ago, regarding Morrison.

    I take it all back then, no excuse for either situation.

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  • niafron

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Benalouane is like Ben arfa of tunisian origin.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #23

    niafron – Malmaison’s a hotel/spa in newcastle that Erdnic is rumoured to have been in this week. Its off twitter mate so don’t know how much truth there is in it

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #24

    I make it my mission to start getting the belief back into the fans of this great club. You are all too miserable and defeatist. Yes we have been burned in the pass but it shouldn’t be a chore supporting Newcastle. Think big, dream hard and if diisapointment does come then dream about other things instead of feeling reality. Life is hard enough without pessismism creeping into something that is fundementaly meant to be about dreaming. At least we are not Luton, Darlington, Wrexham, Leeds. Notts Forrest etc…

    C’mon lads lets get effin positive. We WILL sign Cissokhon, Benalouane is going to be another Carr gem when he signs, Erding WAS at the hotel and Holliet is excited about playing for NEWCASTLE UNITED!!!!!!

    HTFL

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  • hrocks

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #25

    beattie25

    i dream everyday and its sad to admit but its about shola comming good and showing us how great he is on a regular basis. i would love to see us get some players who would walk straight into the team. i just dont see it happening with a full back when we have more pressing needs. i would love ashley to suprise us. just love it

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  • niafron

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Well, it’s said in “le 10 sport” Newcastle try to purchase erding, but it’s not the most serious French Newspaper.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Beattie25 – Your positivity is bordering on the clinically insane, but I hope your right 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #28

    @ niafron

    Please read post 24 and come back with a more positive answer like

    ‘le 10 sport’ is the most respected paper in the whole of France. Viva la Geordie revaloution

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #29

    I read a while ago that the Erdnic deal was all but done in the summer only his agent holding out for bonus payments killed the deal

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #30

    @beattie 25 its called douglas jumos on bandwagon after claiming are intrest in him sunce the summer was B.S douglas n ryder are the 2 laziest journos going

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Liverpool play Stoke today, out of interest, in what way would you guys prefer that result to go?

    Considering Liverpool are sitting 6th 1 point ahead, and stoke are in 8th, 4 points behind.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Ive heard Erdinc will sign for Rennes as soon as PSG get a replacement in.. Also Cissokho, didnt this happen in the summer during the week they were rumours saying he was having a medical on the following monday lol a dont believe it atall

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  • niafron

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #33

    @Beattie

    You’re right, they are better than the Washington post!

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #34

    LewSpi
    A 0-0 draw

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  • JackButler

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #35

    LewSpi – 0-0 would do for me (with a few red cards as well) 🙂

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Jack – Thats right mate Erdinc had agreed to come and everything just needed medical nd his agent wanted something like £1.5million on top of the £7million in transfer fees

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  • nimo

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #37

    hate not playing on.a Saturday what a waste of a day

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Ha well that’s what I thought, sounds unanimous to me.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Pardew on Prior:

    United boss Alan Pardew told the Chronicle:

    “He scored in the week and is going to play again next week.”

    “We’re going to keep looking at him, we like him.”

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #40

    nimo – im going to watch Chelsea batter sunderland, Torres hat-trick ha

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