Mike Williamson is defending the play of the back four in today’s Sunday Sun, but it seems the interview took place was before yesterday’s game.
Mike Williamson – in action yesterday
Mike has every right to defend the play of the back four in those five goal defeats in London, and we have to hope the lads can improve in the final 12 games of the season.
But the truth is the defense was poor again yesterday, especially for that soft second goal, and we must tighten up – and it’s not people like myself who are pointing that out – it’s the facts.
In the last five league games we’ve conceded 13 goals and scored seven, so our goal difference is -6 in those games.
The problem is not our ability to score goals, we can do that and generally do it very well, it’s that we cannot stop the other side from scoring, and yesterday was a great example.
A clean sheet in the second half and we had all 3 points and would have had improved our goal difference to +2, but we let in a couple of poor goals, and lost 2 valuable points because of that.
And it’s true that the game against Manchester United was a good one – and it’s a game where every player had an excellent game for the Magpies.
Lets’ see what Mike has to say:
“I wonder what those people were saying when we beat Manchester United 3-0?” (fantastic performance all around) “What was that? Do you listen to those people then?
“I’m sure people have their opinions (we do) and some of them are probably fair enough, but it was pretty much the same side that turned Manchester United over 3-0.” (that’s what’s so disappointing)
“The Tottenham game was just a bad day at the office, we all know that. It doesn’t change the dynamics of the league and we will just get on with it.”
“We have got a team here that is good enough to keep clean sheets and really that was just a freak result.” “ I’m really enjoying my minutes on the pitch.”
“You can never take them for granted and every footballer will tell you, you never know what is round the corner.” “I’m just relishing playing, having the shirt and playing next to Colo.”
If the Tottenham game was a bad day at the office then so was the game at Fulham when we managed to leak five goals in the second half, after we dominated Fulham in those first 45 minutes.
And we are just a little nervous about the upcoming game against Sunderland, and we just cannot leak goals against Sunderland, especially if we manage to go ahead, like we did yesterday.
Mike’s a good guy and a decent defender, and he has every right to stand up for the back four, but the record just doesn’t meet any scrutiny.
I’m very willing to have him prove me wrong on Sunday afternoon through – and a clean sheet would be simply terrific.