James Perch and Mike Williamson were monumental for Newcastle on Sunday against Liverpool.
Mike Williamson blocking Andy Carroll yesterday
With Coloccini out for a few games, a huge factor was how James Perch and Mike Williamson would play together in central defense against Liverpool, but they were both excellent, and as solid as a rock for the Magpies.
Mike was again good in the air, and he was so unlucky not to get his first goal ever for Newcastle, when his header beat Reina but hit the foot of the post.
And Perch made some great tackles, and he also put his body on the line a number of times to block shots, and he often looked a man inspired on Sunday, and it’s no wonder that Newcastle fans are starting to warm to this lad.
Fans like nothing better than a player who gives his all for the side, and James was easily our Man of the Match with 55% of the vote.
James has been little short of a revelation this year, and in at least three games he’s played this year, he’s come out as the Man of the Match – and that’s while he’s been playing in different positions too.
It seems that Perch enjoyed the game on Sunday, and he had this to say today on the Newcastle web-site:
“We enjoyed it, me and Willo. We’re good friends anyway off the pitch, which always helps,” said the man who has played all across Newcastle’s defence and midfield this term.”
“It was just good to play with him – he’s a great player – and to get the clean sheet.” “We’re mates, so we can talk to each other, have a laugh if there’s a time to do that in the game.”
“And we can shout at each other, knowing we don’t mean it and that it’s for the football and for the club.” “We then have a laugh after the game. That’s what it’s all about. “
“But we are all friends in the dressing room and there’s no-one who we don’t all get on with.”
It will certainly help that the two of them are good friends, but it seems that most of the squad seem to get on well with with each other this season, and it’s been a long time since the team spirit has been so good at Newcastle.
James and the players knew it was a massive game for Newcastle and a monumental win yesterday:
“It was brilliant – a massive game, because we knew that if we won it would put us 11 points clear of them. And that’s exactly what we did,” he said.
“The team really played well. It wasn’t any individual being outstanding, it was a whole team effort and we got the three points we fully deserved.
“We knew how good they were going to be going into the game, but we also know how good we can be and we had belief in ourselves. We did our homework on them and managed to conquer them.”
It was a massive result for Newcastle, and that’s now three wins on the trot, at the start of our final 10 games of the season, and that cannot be bad.
Colo is expected to miss the next game at Swansea on Friday, but if Perch shows the same form in that game – win, lose or draw – it’s almost a certainty that Colo will not be risked against Bolton next Monday at St. James’ Park.
One reason for that is our next game after Bolton is a full 12 days away, at home to Stoke, and the Newcastle captain will have time to fully recover from his hamstring problem.
And he can then be fully ready for the final 5 games of the season, starting against Stoke City on Saturday, 21st April.
But next up is Swansea in South Wales, and that’s all that matters now, and while that will be another tough game, Newcastle will be looking for the win, to make it four wins on the trot, for the first time this season.
It would be a great time to do that on Friday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!