Mike Williamson has taken a bit of stick lately for his performances at the heart of the Newcastle defense.
Mike Williamson – hoping for European Qualification
And it was a mistake by Mike after 23 minutes of the Sunderland game that gave them a penalty last Sunday, that Nicklas Bendtner easily converted.
But Alan Pardew praised the attitude of the defender after the game, and the lad has already played 62 times for Newcastle but with no goals so far, after being signed just over two years ago for £1M from Portsmouth.
Mike came very close to scoring in stoppage time last Sunday afternoon, after Shola Ameobi had equalized for Newcastle, and that would have been some story.
Depending on how Mike and Coloccini perform through the end of the season, could decide whether Newcastle get into the Europa League next season, and Mike is hoping that’s possible:
“Of course it would a phenomenal feat for me but most of all for the team. Come our summer holidays if we achieve that we can look back, relax and enjoy what we’ve managed to do,” “Nothing is won yet though – we’ve still got a long way to go.”
“There’s a lot of football to play and we need to start getting those basics right again.” “We don’t get carried away. We don’t take pictures of the league table or anything like that, we just concentrate on our jobs.”
“The lads aren’t arrogant enough to take our foot off the gas. We’re an honest bunch of lads and we just want to work hard for each other every game. Regardless of which position we’re in, we’re going to go out and give everything to get results.”
“We’re a team, we’re not individuals,” “We can’t hide the quality we’ve got – we can get goals from anywhere. But those hard-working players still graft and put a shift in and do little things, the basics. Those have paid off over the course of the season.”
Newcastle will be at the Emirates Stadium next Monday evening against Arsenal, and that will be a tough game, but of course we did win the same fixture last season 1-0, so anything is possible for Newcastle these days.
6’4″ Mike Williamson has a job to do for the side through the end of the season, but we do expect Newcastle to bring in a top center-back in the summer, and hopefully a top full-back too, to bolster the Newcastle defense.