Both Mike Williamson and James Perch, our two center-backs, came through for Newcastle big time yesterday.
Williamson and Perch celebrate Cisse’s first goal yesterday
Their form at the back for Newcastle was excellent, and it seems that Mike is coming into his best form at the business end of the season, with just 7 games to go.
Newcastle picked up a really valuable win yesterday, not only by the 3 points, but it was against Liverpool and Newcastle are now 11 points clear of Liverpool in 8th place, and 10 points clear of Everton in 7th place.
If the lads can hang on to 6th place this season and a weakened Liverpool can beat Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the chances of Newcastle making the Europa League look good.
Alan Pardew was delighted with the performance of his two center-backs yesterday as he had this to say about them after the game:
“Mike Williamson and James Perch were probably the two best players on the pitch and if we owe victory to any particular players, it was probably those two.”
“We have got some great players here – and actually, some of the players I inherited were the ones who won us the game.”
While it was a big day for Newcastle, it was the opposite for Liverpool who have now picked up just 8 points form 12 league games since beating Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield late last year.
The Liverpool players lost their cool near the end, especially goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who was sent off late in the game for head-butting James Perch.
Kenny Dalglish is not looking too good these days either, but his comments after the game seemed right:
“Maybe it was the frustration and disappointment, it’s up to us to harness that properly and work on it and take it as a positive, because if they start to enjoy losing games, we will have a problem.”
Newcastle have now won the first three of their last ten league games of the season, and next up is a good looking Swansea side on Friday in South Wales, and that game will be televised live around the world, and it has a strange 4:30 pm kick off time.
It’s the only Premier League game that day with most of them being on Saturday, and Newcastle will then play Bolton at St. James’ Park the following Monday – Easter Monday – with a 3:00 pm kick-off time.
Newcastle will be going all out for a win in each of those games – needless to say – but I’ll say it in any case.
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