Mike Williamson spoke to the Newcastle web-site after the game yesterday, and he’s just happy to get another 3 points for the team.
Papisto and Demba Ba after Cisse goal
Mike played okay yesterday, but we still have to tighten up at the back, and we’re still not playing as well as we did at the beginning of the season in defense.
But it was Tim Krul again who dealt with almost everything that Villa could throw at him, apart from Robbie Keane’s strike in the 50th minute of the first half, after lots of time was added for the injuries to both Leon Best and Ryan Taylor.
And we should hear more about their injuries today, and Alan Pardew is hoping there will be little damage to Ryan Taylor’s ankle, once the swelling subsides.
But it looks like Leon has knee ligament damage, and that could be six weeks out – but we should hear something official later today.
Mike talked about the game yesterday:
“ ”All the points count, and back-to-back wins is pleasing. The boys played ever so well. We always knew we had goals in the team, it was just a matter of trying to stay tight and stopping the runs in behind.”
“From front to back, we defended. They were always going to put us under some pressure – they’ve got quality players – but it was a case of limiting their chances, which I thought we did well.”
“It’s another three points and the boys are buzzing. The spirit’s high and we’ll look to keep the momentum going.”
“Demba Ba’s got quality in him that’s there for everyone to see, and so has Papiss Cisse. He’s came in and he’s also a threat, and that’s given the lads a massive boost – and the crowd.”
“It was only on Friday that he arrived and he was straight into it. What a way to mark your debut.” “He doesn’t speak a great deal of English but I’m sure he’ll catch on quickly, and the fans will take to him massively now. “
“That’ll make his confidence go up and it’ll be good for him.”
Papiss Cisse was interviewed after the game in French by nufcTV, and the translator was former Newcastle left-back Olivier Bernard.
And Papiss – Papisto is his nickname – said he was happy to score, and he thought the crowd and the atmosphere at St. James’ Park was unbelievable.
And asked if he was going to learn to speak English – Demba Ba has apparently said he will not teach him English – he said yes, that he has to learn the language – and the sooner the better.
The club are also trying to set him up in his house, and the good news is that he’s already chosen one in Newcastle.
And after the game, his Senegal team-mate Demba Ba tweeted this :
What a result for the toon army! What do you think about papisto ??????
Things are going well for Newcastle United right now, and let’s see how we can do against a good Tottenham side this coming Saturday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!