It was bad news that Newcastle could lose Fabricio Coloccini for the next four games with a hamstring pull.
Coloccini congratulates Papiss Cisse after first goal
But some good news to balance that is that Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor are expected to be fit for the Liverpool game at St. James’ Park next Sunday afternoon.
Tiote should have recovered from his hamstring problem, and Ryan Taylor has been out for the last three games with a calf problem, but that has now cleared up.
Newcastle still have a paper thin squad, and we have been short of center-back cover, since Steven Taylor was out for the season in early December.
That’s when he ruptured his Achilles, at the end of the Chelsea game at home, and we conceded two stoppage time goals because of it.
And the club’s failure to sign Watford centre-back Adrian Mariappa in January could still come back to haunt us, but we hope not.
Alan talked about the center-back worry at Newcastle:
“ Center-back is the position that’s the worry. We’ve known all year we were vulnerable there.” “To lose Steven Taylor was disappointing and to lose Coloccini now is tough.”
“We are really going to have to lean on the big fella Williamson who had one of his best games.” “If we can get Coloccini back it will really boost us as well.”
Mike Williamson has to step up to the plate while Colo is out, and he did play well in yesterday’s game, apart from the misunderstanding he had with goalkeeper Tim Krul.
But in those situations it’s always dangerous to wait for the goalkeeper to come out to get the ball, especially with goal poachers like Shane Long around.
In those situations in the future, Mike should just kick the ball out of the stadium – when in doubt kick it out, is what we were always told as youngsters.
But there’s no doubt Mike Williamson and James Perch have now become important players for Newcastle in our continuing efforts to get a Europa League position for next season.