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!!