Williamson And Perch To Step Up To The Plate


Newcastle captain Coloccini is out for the next two games with a hamstring problem.

Mike Williamson – we can cope without Fabricio

With Steven Taylor also being out with an Achilles problem for the rest of the season,  Newcastle do not any specialist center-backs to come in, and it will be James Perch who will do the duties next to big Mike Williamson in Sunday’s game  against Liverpool.

And James has been in really good form this year for Newcastle, and the 26 year-old has shown when he has a specialist center-back alongside him, he can do a good job in the center of the Newcastle defense.

Mike Williamson will also need to step up to the plate on Sunday, and he was interviewed on the Newcastle web-site today:

“It’s a big loss.” “Colo been huge for us this season. He’s not only our captain, but also a fantastic player.” “But the second half at West Brom showed that we have enough in the squad to cope without him while he is out.”

“Perchy came into the middle and he has been one of our best players in recent weeks.” “He proved again that he can step in, be it at left-back, centre-half or wherever, and do a brilliant job.”

“Liverpool have the likes of  Suarez, Carroll, Downing and many others who can hurt you. They have some fantastic players.” “It will be tough but hopefully if we can apply ourselves like we did last weekend at West Brom, then it can be a good game.”

“We are carrying some momentum at the moment and have got a huge chance against Liverpool.” “There is a great buzz about the place at the moment. We are a hard-working group of lads with a good mentality.”

“And obviously off the back of two good wins, we are looking forward to the big game on Sunday.”

Mike had a good game on Sunday but he was at fault for the West Brom goal,  when in doubt kick it out is a good way of dealing with those situations.

Here’s Mike’s interview after the West Brom game with a certain Hatem Ben Arfa, who seems very happy with things and was the Man of the Match at The Hawthorns, and Mike also tries to explain the dodgy goal we conceded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1oIJo2o3eU

With being short of specialist center-backs this season,  Newcastle must buy at least one center-back in the summer, with the possibility of that being 6’4″ Douglas of  Dutch club FC Twente.

The 24 year-old Brazilian is a free agent in the summer, and Newcastle are specialists at picking up top players out of contract, but Newcastle will still face some severe competition from other clubs.

The Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge has now been rearranged for Wednesday May 2nd, and we will have 12 days after our home game against Bolton Wanderers  on Easter Monday, 9th April,  before we take on Stoke City at home on the 21st April.

Following the Chelsea game, we have Manchester City on the following Sunday at home, and those are the only two games we have against sides above us in the league table during the run-in to the season.

Both games are within five days of each other – two wins?

Comments welcome.



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96 comments so far

  • JAMSHA

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #1

    NEW 1 – O FOOLS

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  • Jonny

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #2

    NEW 3-0 FOOLS

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #3

    TOON 6-0 FOOLS!

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  • Toon Tang

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #4

    FOOLS!

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    He said the second half in the last game showed we can cope. We lost the second half 1-0, so probably not the best example.

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #6

    He said that we showed in the 2nd half we can cope. Does he mean after he got punched in the head from Krul after messing up an easy defensive manoeuvre?

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Mike Terrifies me, he is an accident waiting to happen and i hope it isnt sunday, think we might go a bit longer than last week as Ba and Cisse may get more joy against scumpools back 4 not the biggest, this may mean we lack a bit of possession but at the same time means Mike and simo dont have to take a chance trying to play football. We will be nice and compact not allowing the game to stretch, might be a suprising 1-0, pardew would be a miracle worker if we clean sheet on sunday.

    This is one game were i dont giv a sh1t about performance it is truly all about the result.

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Amen check amen

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #9

    HWRA
    What would HE call a man who drives round on a tractor shoting “the end is nigh ” ?

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I think this is the game where Mike either attaches his own ‘for sale’ sign around his neck or he shuts up the doubters and makes a case for his long term future at our club!

    This match will see the spotlight fall upon big mike and his side parting and I just hope that like Perch he stands up to be counted.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Beetles give the gig up mate, we all know it’s you 😛

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  • JDdubai

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Im more than happy for Willo and to a lesser extent Simmo just launching the ball long rather than trying to play proper football, at least its safer as with the ball at his feet Im literally screaming at him to get rid of it!!!

    That moment when he hasnt got a pass on and you can see his brain trying to work out what to do with it as the forwards are closing him down…..JUST GET RID OF IT MAN PLLLLEEEAASSEEE!!!!!

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Therein lies the necessity to have a comfortable ball playing defenders at CB and RB.

    I watched the United match on Monday and the way Evra and Rafael play the ball out from the back is just beautiful watch at times, I long for the day that I can watch our entire back four being able to play the ball out with ease.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #14

    “a comfortable ball playing defenders…” I have an excellent grasp of the plural and singular syntax don’t I? Oh dear.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #15

    He shoulda just kicked it into touch
    The lads a decent player but just does rash things
    at the wrong times.
    Think we can do one over on the fools and we will be laughing lads.
    Was supposed to go to the game but flights from Norway were gettin expensive haven to fly to holland and up or to London and up.
    Bloody expensive with game tickets on top of hotel also.
    My brother and some buddies from Ireland are goin clothed in the horrible red jerseys,hope they’re sent home with their tails between their legs lol

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  • Klatoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #16

    An expansive passing game owes alot to technical fullbacks who are comfortable in possession and ball retention.

    They guarantee the CM’s passing options even when the forwards are being marked. We have this in Santon but he’s restricted by being on the wrong side.

    Now if Jose Enrique was still here and Santon was RB,we’d be a real joy to watch.

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #17

    HE would call him an inbred yokel that has tourettes and a mild case of cider intoxication! HE would also call him correct.

    THE END IS NIGH

    Optimism Valley shall burnnnnnn

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Comfortable with their balls? Lol
    Danny alves anyone,actually and Spanish top league full backs are comfortable on the ball but they do like to fall over and can be poor defensively.
    Jose was different of course but not included in the Spanish team at that

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    klatoon – fuch enrique, piece of sh1t – hope he gets tortured weekend, come on benny lad tear him a new one.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Klatoon Santon is not being played on the wrong side. He is a right footed LB, not a RB. He has played RB but his preferred position is LB. Is Enrique was still here, Santon would not be.

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  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Who does everyone hope HE is when the big reveal is over?

    Who does everyone hope it isn’t?

    Who does everyone think it is?

    Who actually cares?

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  • Jinky Jim

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Lee Ryder the cronnies leading sports writer has stated that the lads have a great chance against Liverpool at the weekend,especially after there hard fought 1-0 over West Brom last Sunday. It just proves that you don’t have to have a long neck to be one!

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Beattie I think I will overlook the blatant insult there! You’re lucky I’m a tolerant kind of fella! 😛

    C’mon Beattie we’ve toned down on the O.V stuff, so tone down on the Apocalyptic carry on please.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Hwra
    Farmer Geddon !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #25

    A bit gutted about the weekend,should have been away today so never got a ticket,now they’re all sold out. hmphh. : (

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail – keep on phoning the ticket line, you never know………..

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Slow night for banter. Anyone else watching this Schalke vs Athletic Bilbao game? Bilbao look a shadow of the side that beat United a few weeks ago, apparently they have fallen away in La Liga, so much so that they won’t even be looking at a Europa League place next season! And Liverpool will be. Madness!

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #28

    @ cheick the toastie, you say willo is an accident waiting to happen that worries you? he’s an accident that does happen, every game!

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  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #29

    just going to put the second half on now, i’ve got to go for a shalke win like.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Bound to have short odds on a Schalke win though because they have been absolutely all over Bilbao this first half it is untrue. Bilbao can be dangerous on the counter but aside from that do not look capable of stringing a decent sequence of passes together. Gunning for a couple of Schalke goals this half.

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  • roblar

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #31

    If our “magical 3” do the business up top then maybes the bin dippers will be to busy to worry willo..i agree with alot of posts on here that he majes mistakes (abit like bramble used to) but hes all we got so get behind him and give him confidence he needs. on a plus mr t is back to give some much needed protection

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  • MagPieMan

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #32

    How is Iker Muniain playing?. He’s such a joy to watch, would love it if we signed him.

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  • tarie4

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #33

    MagPieMan
    he is hardly in the game..its not his night tonight..

    Ruddy
    what U make of farfan…the schalke right wing…he is on a free at the end of the season too..

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  • tarie4

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #34

    What a goal from raul….2-1 Schalke

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Yep banter is slooowww> Beattie aren’t you getting somewhere near as bored as us with the messianic gag?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Farfan looks comfy with it like

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  • tarie4

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki and he also quick and looks strong on the ball too..

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Farfan is tidy as lads, I fear clubs with much higher wage capabilities are looking at him though.

    Llorente is just a class act though. It is a pity that these Bilbao guys are like married to their clubs because there are some fantastic players in that side.

    Athletic have been poor though.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #39

    That Fuchs guy for Schalke looks a real handful going forward and a fairly robust tackler at the back, like the look of him.

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  • tarie4

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #40

    GHOSD
    would love him here tho…
    bilbo just take the lead..

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