Newcastle Must Learn From Defensive Lapses Against Norwich

The Newcastle players have certainly been coached by Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches to be positive in their outlook on the game.

Mike Williamson – as positive and upbeat as ever

And with 9 games left in what could be a memorable season for Newcastle (fingers crossed), Mike Williamson has given an interview today in which his positive approach to the game comes through big time.

One of the things Hatem  Ben Arfa will have to learn, and learn quickly,  is not to try to dribble the ball out of defense, or when he’s in the right back spot don’t pass the ball straight back into the middle of the penalty area to a Newcastle player.

That’s what the Frenchman did early in the game against Norwich, and we assume Pardew was not happy with what he saw.

And it seemed to go to Mike Williamson’s’ head a minute later, as he amazingly tried to dribble the ball clear, and then lost the ball, and Newcastle were lucky that the ball was hit just over the cross-bar, but that’s poor defending and far too risky, ans the lads need to cut it out.

But after that scare early in the game, Mike had a solid game, and of course the Newcastle captain Coloccini was again strong at the back, and the great news was that we managed to hold onto our 1-0 lead in the second half.

Williamson talked to the local press today:

“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on us.” “We’ve got to get ourselves mentally and physically right.”

“We’ve got nine big games left, and we’ll take a lot of positives into them.” “The lads have been brilliant all season, and it’s all about keeping the momentum and sticking together.”

“There’s a simple task here – it’s an honest group.” “They work hard every day. There’s been no difference from the first game to this game.” “It’s just about continuing what we’re doing.”

“Hopefully, we’ll get the rub of the green.” “I know it’s a cliche, but they will all be like mini cup games for us.”

There’s no doubt that the Newcastle team spirit has been great to see this season, and long may it continue.

The only time Newcastle have beaten the 50 point mark in the Premier League since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in 2004,  was back in 2006 when we ended up with 58 points under the guidance of  Glenn Roeder.

And with any luck, although you can take nothing for granted, we could even beat that total this season.

If we do, then we’re likely to have qualified for Europe, just like we did back in 2006.

Howay The Lads!!

12 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    might be wrong, but i’m fairly sure Douglas’ contract is up in the summer and he can move for free….?
    Also, think Pieters is a done deal, pretty sure they were negotiating that 1 in january, similar to how they did the cabaye deal!

  • jayphoto

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Williamson looked a liability against norwich! WBA are a side lacking in height upfront but have a lot of pace, I would play perch centreback alongside collo as they won’t have the arial threat norwich had and Perch has definately earnt his place in the side! Also, thought Cisse has looked much sharper than Ba recently, if we play 1 up top maybe it should be him and give Ba a bit of a rest! We don’t need a big striker against WBA because against Jonas Olsson he won’t win anything arially anyway! He was the only defender i ever saw dominate Andy Carroll in the air and neither shola or demba are as strong as carroll was aerially!

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s not called “defensive lapses.” It’s called “Williamson.”

  • martoon

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    jayphoto @2 – I like Perch but he is no CB. I think, as mentioned on previous blogs, we would be better using him as a 2nd holding midfield player to try and stop the runs before they reach the defence.
    I think you’re right about Douglas’s contract.

  • juanpeterbeardsley

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    I Think Olsen is suspended he got sent off two games back,WBA will do what Wolves Norwich and they did to us last time play into the space left behind Santon which pulls Colo across and leaves Williamson as easy prey for their forwards.The solution is easy teach Santon to defend or replace him?

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    williamson has been well and truly found out and i just wish he would stop with all these bravado statements

  • martoon

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    juanpeterbeardsley @5 Bad news his suspension was only 1 match so he is back 🙁

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    @6 Indeed, its getting a little tiresome, especially since he has had a hand in a fair amount of the goals leaked since he came into the first team. He should really be concentrating on making sure his own mistakes dont happen again. The only one fit to give statements about the defense IMO is Coloccini as a) He was actually playing when the defense was one of the tightest in the league and b) He seldom makes a mistake and c) He is the skipper

  • StuW

    Mar 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    We have sone really tough games left, ad the aimple fact is that WBA and co are teams we need to beat. We got a litle luck in mid-week, with the teams around us not picking up 3 points, but we need know we cannot rely on that.

    Playing 1 striker would be my choice, with someone tucked in behind. Tiote and Cabaye are not playing as well as they have been, so we need them to pick it up again, especially against physcal midfield teams like WBA.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Mar 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Isn’t opinion great, as we all see a different game.

    For me we look poor at the back every time Tiote is missing.
    He gives the protection that the top clubs get from their central midfielders.
    Without Tiote in the side we look average at best.

  • StuW

    Mar 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    @BTE – I agree totally, Tiote us our key player, or cornerstone. Witgout him we dont functuon, our play is sloppy, and we cant retain or win back possession in the midfield.

  • mickg108

    Mar 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #12

    I may be wrong,,but doesn’t Scharner ( Big Twat) play for WBA ??,,every time Willo mentions Toon defending he has a Mare..


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