Mike Williamson Criticizes Critics Of Newcastle Defense


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.

Comments welcome.



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276 comments so far

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    You want have the shirt for much longer, you’re a total donkey. Probably the single worst display I’ve seen from a CB since the days of Boumsong/Bramble.

    We’re really scraping the scrapings of the scrapiest barrel with him in our team.

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  • t00ntime

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    You guys have to get ur facts right… This season most of the goals we have conceded have come down the left not the right.

    Simpson might not be great but he is more reliable then santon. Not saying santon is bad, but lots of the time he attack’s and then slowly walks back to his postion leaving jonas to defend. Simpson doesnt have that luxery and nor shud he. Our wingbacks need to learn how to defend by themselves so that we can play with 2 offensive wingers.

    Pardew made the 2 subs at the free-kick cause cisse’s groin was hurting so he had to get him off before it got worse. (NUFCtv intetview)

    People say ben arfa is a liabilty, no he isnt, he is the exact opposite. Obertan is useless if he starts and shud come on late in the game. Ryan taylor is way to defense and cant attack for his life, lile yesterday 45min he is in the box gets the ball perfectly and yet cant get a shot off.. Ben arfa wud off. Ryalor isnt bad but he is a squad player not a starter. We have too many people on the pitch picked for work rate and not skill. When ben arfa plays bad he still creates 2 great chances for himself.. Yeah a real liability…

    Williamson is our weakest link in defense not simmo, look at 46th sec… Wth is williamson doing he just lets himself get turned and the keeps backing off, when he is in the box! Also there 2nd goal, he thinks he is a balarina :S spinning circles in the box… NO, block and move on to the next.

    And is it just me Or was the ref a little more wolves way yesterday :S Ba was climbed on like a ladder every long ball :S never got a free kick, and before the 2nd goal, jonas is standing there with the ball and a wolves guy charges through the back of him… Nothing given, tiote barely touches the wolves guy (it is a foul) and they get a free kick, why didnt we for jonas?

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  • shearermania

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    willo is like bramble without the raping…..

    but then again you can say he gets raped almost every weekend!!!!

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    He is talk but NEVER won enough header

    the problem is that Saylor is injured and we dont have any more Centre Back

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  • cestriasteve

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I dont think O Neil has to watch any videos of Newcastles defence, pressure on Simpson and Williamson isnt good enough to cover/tidy up for him.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    tall*

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  • tomtoon7

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    such a shame we didnt bring in a solid cenreback in january,my fear after ydays game that with willo n only perch as back up,we may not qualify 4Europe.HWTL!!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    toontime

    To be fair I think the majority of goals we’ve conceded have just been from long balls. Williamson and Colo just cannot deal, but Coloccini has other redeeming attributes I’m not sure Williamson does.

    Santon relieves the pressure on the team incredibly well with his attacking runs, where as Simpson gets, at the very closest, 2/3 up the pitch then launches a long ball in to the box. It wouldn’t be so bad if they actally found anyone, but he can’t actually pass.

    Santon made a fantastic run in behind their full back yesterday, and was wrongly ruled offside – awful awful call. You’d think the lines on the f#cking pitch would help them.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    From the last thread.

    Ajax played 4-3-3 against Man U I believe, they seemed to do alright. Napoli played 3-4-3 against Chelsea, they did alright. The formation is only the foundation of your tactics. Players either hiding or under instruction not to break the shape and the ultra-slow tempo (that AP believes is his team controlling a game, when all it really does is make everyone far too relaxed, lose concentration and be liable to gaffs) are the main problems.

    Way too defensive and I don’t have any affinity to that. I see us like an Ajax, with a attacking identity that we’ve built a reputation upon, you’d never see them adopt a similar style to AP.

    I keep saying it, but Brendan Rogers would be superb up here.

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  • shearermania

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    willo started so bad yesterday..after 15 sec he headed ball staright into a wolves attack…before a minute gone he allowed doyle to turn him and doyle should have scored….his passing was nervy and erratic and he got beat in almost every cross…..i fear now for his confidence…….jeez he must be pants since you hear people mentioning perch ahead of him

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  • Les Grossman

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike Williamson you are the weakest link …f*** off!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Surefooted

    It took Swansea about 5 years to implement that passing style of football. It started before Rodgers was even at the club, under their previous manager.

    I do like Swansea, but I think you may be under illusions about how they actually play. They don’t play attacking football at all – see their goal count this season. And where was all the passing football when they came to St James’ Park? They sat 10 men behind the ball, played for a 0-0, and we had about 60% posession!

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  • mikenotiades

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Agreed toontastic… Would love it if we managed to get Vertongen, Pieters and Douglas… Add to that more cover on the wings, another striker and keep what we’ve got, and we would deserve to challenge for top honours. In my opinion.
    We don’t deserve it yet…

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14

    TDS

    I know it takes time, and in some instances, particularly when you haven’t got the calibre of player you’d ideally want and playing away from home, you have to go defensive, but they blow teams away at home, playing some of the most exciting, yet simple football I’ve seen in this league.

    We’re getting visibly worse under AP as he implements his methods more stringently.

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  • mikenotiades

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    *toontime sorry.. auto-correct 🙂
    Although I’d probably agree with his point of view on this too lol

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  • LenDixon

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Mike sh1thead is a disgrace to the toon shirt.

    One of those Shola Ameobi type players who wouldn’t get a game for any other premiership side, yet somehow manages to be a stalwart at our club.

    FFS! GET THESE RATS OUT OUR CLUB!

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  • LenDixon

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #17

    How can a guy who is 6’4 lose every bloody header?

    Mike Williamsh1t you are a disgrace and don’t deserve to wipe Collo’s arse let alone play alongside him.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Surefooted

    I have two points though.
    Firstly, Pardew’s West Ham & Southampton teams both played fantastic passing, attacking football. I think that we’ve been exceeded everyone’s expectations this season and because of that, Pardew feels that he needs to get into Europe this year – hence the team playing like they’re terrified to lose. I do wonder if things would be different if we weren’t doing so well and being hyped up as European contenders.

    Secondly, I see a lot of people moaning about all our players being turned into work horses. While that’s clearly true, I personally think that it’s that method which has done us so well this year. No way in hell would any other team containing Williamson, Simpson, Jonas, and with first reserves of Perch, Guthrie and Raylor be in the mix with Chelsea & Arsenal!

    I don’t want a change of manager – I just really hope that in the summer we see a few defensive additions – who are even remotely comfortable with a football – and see a gradual change in emphasis. If we’re still playing like this come next season then something would need to be changed.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Also goal count isn’t indicative of a teams philosophy and style. We happen to have an outstanding ST, who has a knack of scoring individually brilliant goals and converting hopeful crosses and half-chances.

    A single trade of Ba for Graham from the start of the season and I dare say we’d swap current positions too.

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  • geoff777

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Williamson is a liability.

    He has always been a shirt-puller when he panics.
    He’s defending the indefensible.

    The stats don’t lie.

    Yesterday he was terrible.
    Easily the worst player on the pitch.

    We need a couple of decent centre-backs.
    Get rid of Williamson.

    He’ll never learn how to defend, seems he hasn’t learned to keep his mouth shut either.

    The article is badly timed – makes him look a right tw@t.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #21

    len dixon @17 totally agree. willo is the only player i know who is 6′ 4 and when he jumps is 6’2 . also to all on this blog who think collo is too old and needs to be sold before he is 30 . need think again!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #22

    4-3-3 would be our best formation IF we had full backs that didn’t need baby sitting every game. Santon is improving and considering it’s is first season in the league he’s doing well, but according to the Mirror Simpson is about to turn down the offer of a new deal which wouldn’t be the biggest lose to deal with

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  • Durham_Toon

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    To all those throwing abuse at Willo I really hope your mackems in diguise. He had a bad game but to abuse the lad does nothing but make you look like tw@ts.

    You are the people we need to get out of our club.

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  • LewSpi

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #24

    For me, Jonas is the most frustrating player I have ever seen grace the turf of a football field. His passion is just non-existant, example..yesterday he made a very good run into their final 3rd, and it came to nothing, Wolves began a good counter, meanwhile he was stood actually in their goal for a good 15 seconds before WALKING back to our half. Fair enough he goes until the end of the game, but that’s because walks around aimlessly for 75% of it. Winds me up so much. I would have no qualms in dropping him, atm we need guys who are going to roll up their sleeves and dig in, and for me, he does not have this.

    The team below is how I think we should line up, plenty triangles, plenty movement, plenty goals, to make up for our leaky defence.

    ————————Krul
    Raylor——-Willo——-Colo——Santon

    ————————Tiote
    ———Cabaye—————Guthrie
    ————————Hatem
    ——————Ba
    —————————–Cisse

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  • JackButler

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Funny that Willo is getting abused when yesterday’s goal’s came from a deflection and Ba and Colo leaving their man unmarked in the box

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Willo can’t be a horrible player overnight. I do like him but he’s going through a really hopeless patch right now. He NEEDS to be dropped to get his head together. I agree with the others that mentioned that that was the worst display of CB at newcastle since Bramble Boumsong.

    He needs to be dropped but the problem is we have no other centreback. Our hopeless defence picks itself every game.

    So we got no choice but to just try to score more than we concede. HBA needs to playing full 90mins regularly.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Durham toon,

    it’s hardly one game though is it. Williamson sucks big time every match, bar the manu one where he duly got his praise. What a really pathetically moronic thing to call people mackems in disguse when we call it how we see it. Willo and Simpson are desperately poor. Stop making excuses for them.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    @JackButler // Feb 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/transfer-news/Newcastle-Danny-Simpson-set-to-turn-down-contract-offer-article870458.html
    ———————–

    Couldn’t give a hoot if Simpson doesn’t sign a contract with us. Not bothered at all. Just get someone to replace him and use Tavernier as our backup right back.

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  • GeordieDan

    Feb 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    JackButler>

    Where you at the game yesterday? I was and it wasn’t just the goals Willo is getting stick for it was his all round non-contribution to the defence.

    Plus he actually headed a free header straight to the feet of Doyle for their equalizer so he does deserve at least the stick for that.

    He was being marked but he couldn’t miss an opportunity like that.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #31

    More than happy to see a new RB next season.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Ilove

    Has tavernier gone out on loan again? if not, he would definitely be worth a shot instead of simmo or maybe even willo.

    It’s obvious kadar won’t get a chance, but with willo and simmo so poor, I’d be tempted to draft streete in slowly.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #33

    @Rotonda heights // Feb 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Tavernier is at MK dons now. He started yesterday in their 1-0 win though. Willo and Simpson are very poor, but we don’t really have anyone to use. Using Streete is too risky.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda

    He’s at MK Dons, doing really well by the sounds of it. Hopefully next season’s fullbacks will be Santon, Tavernier and Ferguson, along with another addition if we’re lucky.

    It’s got to the stage where I’d be genuinely disappointed if Simpson did sign.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #35

    @Rotonda

    I agree, I think we could give Streete a few sub appearances.

    I think Ferguson LB and Santon RB should be our fullbacks for the remainder of the season

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Isn’t Tavernier’s contract up at the end of the season? I do hope we offer him a new one.

    From what everyone says it would be madness not to.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    We still have Marveaux who is injured. How i wish he wasn’t. Desperate for a winger like him who makes forward runs to receive passes. Our current midfield just stays there, waits for the ball to come to their feet, runs foward abit, hoof the ball to Ba or Cisse and lose it. Rinse and repeat.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #38

    GeordieDan – Agree he’s not the greatest centre half in the world, but what else do we have? Taylor is a massive miss as Colo is far from his best without him at his side. Taylor is the one man that seemed to tie to whole back four together.

    ilovetoon8788 – Think Tavernier is going to be a massive player for us and if Simpson see’s his future else where then fine, good luck to the lad, as we’ve done in the past we’ll be more than capable of replacing him

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Jack

    Simpson’s a great lad, and personality wise he’s the kind if guy I really love to see playing for our club. But the last year he seems to have got ideas above his station about how good he is.

    If we’re offering him a contract that’s lower tha what he expects, then it’s probably because it’s in accordance with what Pardew, Carver & the board see his quality & value as.

    In the summer, with a year left, I genuinely think we’d be lucky to get a million for him.

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  • pinkorbrown

    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #40

    From my observations this season, we concede FAR too many goals from having the ball put into our box and us not dealing with 1st and 2nd balls.Its the first things defenders are taught, if u dont win 1st and 2nds u will concede goals. Simple as that.

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