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Williamson And Perch The Best Two Players On The Pitch

9:23 am, Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

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. :D

Comments very welcome.

Tags: James Perch · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News


28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Looks like Guti’s biting Cisse’s ear in that picture.

  • 2 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM


    Haha, It does as well!

  • 3 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    ….seems he likes it too!

  • 4 winaldo1990 // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Ha your right he does lol

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    CODARM maybe guti didnt get his potion of curried goat??

    On a serious note how great is it hearing managers like old ‘arry n wenger backing us to push them all the way for 4th spot!
    Such an exciting season in all aspects cant remember the last time 3rd to 6th were so tight!!!

  • 6 lewytoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    lol @ tiotes face

  • 7 Oleg G // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I must say thou, after the adrenalin yesterday.

    Perch acted badly when he made that dramatic reaction to the touch of his face with Reina’s face. Reina was wrong and deserved the red card. But I would expect more class from a PL player than the reaction of Perch (also Tiote did the same against emm… who was that? Sunderland right?). I mean, this looks bad, this looks fake, and it make it look like a cheap shot of the player (in Hebrew, player and actor are the same word).

    I enjoyed watching Jose in the GK spot, but I think that Perch’s reaction was wrong and I don’t think he deserves the MOM in the blog.

  • 8 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Who wouldn’t like a cheeky nibble from Guti? Or a nibble of Cisse? Tiote just looks like he’s going to eat the camera man….the beast.

    Back on to serious matters (TADS)….It’s great. Don’t think they have too much choice though. Would be foolish to write us off at this stage. We’re showing some of the best form in the whole league (only bettered by ManU I think).

    Not getting carried away, but we certainly are in a position to make them think twice…Happy days

  • 9 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM



    Clubs can still arrange the transfers before the beginning of the window, so the July 1st date is relatively meaningless.

    But as we all know, most of summer business is done in the last two or three weeks of august after the managers have seen what they’ve got to work with for the season.

  • 10 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    It also looks like Cisse’s right arm is white.

  • 11 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Oleg…He did make a meal out of it. Apart from that though, he played brilliantly. He looks like he’s been training with Tiote after some of those tackles yesterday. I think Colo and Saylor would have been proud of Perch and Willo

  • 12 obatoyou // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I never doubted our 4th possibility, reading on here throughout the season and even quite recently, that we wouldn’t even get 6th or 7th. Baffling

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Oleg i dont think its any different to carroll trying to get krul sent off cos if he had won that pen then krul would have walked

  • 14 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Williamson almost scored!

    From the photo though i think Gutti was hungry! Cheick is looking more and more like Mr T every time i see him!

    @10: That,s Cabayes arm!

  • 15 obatoyou // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    July 1st isnt meaningless, as that is when the player will be eligible to play for the team!

  • 16 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    TADS…Only difference would be that Perch was technically in the right. Made a meal of it, but it was a red card. You can’t do that. It’s not a question of how hard he went at him, but the fact he did.

  • 17 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    @Oleg G

    Don’t forget Barton’s reaction to Gervinho in the 1st game of the season!

    Imo, if somebody threatens to attack you, you have every right to go down if they make ANY contact with your head. As it is impossible to know exactly how hard you have to hit an person in the head to knock them over (size, strength, weaknesses etc.), in turn you can’t argue that a person should have to stay on their feet if they get a knock to the head, there are just too many unknowns when it comes to head injuries.

    However, I question whether Reina even made contact at all!

  • 18 geoff777 // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Not sure if this has been posted before ..

    Good shot of Andy’s dive …!/AndiLap/status/186519460486709248/photo/1

  • 19 spitfire_ // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Papiss take a piss on Liver-fool. Get in theeeeere.

  • 20 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Well I suppose Jonas won’t get a better chance! I would probably have given him a nibble when his beauty little header lobbed Reina in slo-mo off the post and – is it? Isn’t it? – ITS IN!!!! :)

    WIllo and Perch as ‘best’ maybe unfair on others (Tiote who actually had the deeds to the centre of the pitch yesterday, he absolutely owned all of it / HBA playing with enrique gerrard and carra like a cat with a squeaky toy) I think most significant players would be more accurate, given the importance of them doing very well in their assumed roles, which they certainly did.

    And I never saw it mentioned but due to the unfeasably un-eatable hot and slurpy NUFC mince and onion pie I was late back to my seat for second half KO and missed Willo’s header off the post! How much of a hero would he have been if that had gone in? :)

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Tsunki to be fair it was a great header!

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    stick with the 4-3-3 and benny in the front 3. To be fair, pardew got there in the end and is now reaping the benefits of a passing fluid midfield. I hope we never go back to the 442 long ball which is the biggest reaon I’d never want carroll back.

  • 23 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Geoff….I reckon would KK would be a good £50m for him like.

    Tsunki…I get what you’re saying. The whole team had a great game, but those 2, who most expected to be the weak leaks, were not. Both had strong games. Imo, Gutti and Guthrie were probably the 2 least effective players. But neither had “Bad” games.

    Can’t believe you missed willo’s header. I was certain it was going in. Gutted for the lad, would have capped off a great display :)

  • 24 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    It’s crazy how unsuccessful we’ve been from set-pieces and corners this season.

    You’d have thought we’d get a few headers from Willo and Collo (i think he’s got 1?).

  • 25 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I’m not sure that the formation agaonst diverpool will impress chelski or citeh too much (although the same heart against any team would be fearsome) but it should be enough to destroy our next two up. How good is it that we have the next 2 games comin up so quickly I can’t wait! Hope the lads aren’t knackered by monday though, or the neggers will start pouring out from under their slimy rocks :(

  • 26 martoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I like to reflect on the match before posting.
    Absolutely thrilled at the win – I think I wanted to beat the bindippers more than the mackems. However without sounding too negative there were a couple of problems that need addressing: In the first half Liverpool did carve us open 2 or 3 times and if they had been able to finish we could have been 2 down before Cisse scored. I love Jonas but I think most of the problems were on his side which maybe shows you can’t play him LB against the likes of Bellamy. In the second half Bellamy & Gerrard seemed to switch and Jonas handle Stevie G much better. Not sure about Guthrie’s performance and thought we could have tried a few shots at goal when Enrique was keeper. Overall though a brilliant performance against a decent team – still in OV. :)

  • 27 Klatoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    On the previous post some1 reckoned we should sign Pieters before the Euros and I fully agree, reminds me of what happend with the portuguese RB Miguel who we lost after a great showing at Euro ’04. His price rocketed and he ended up at Valencia (who didnt have todays financial woes then).

    Get him signed ASAP

  • 28 Marty-Toon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    ’twas a great header and he deserved a goal yesterday.
    Last ditch tackles and great heading ability yesterday
    Can he keep it up?
    Couple of good games now have given him confidence so hope he keeps going to the end o the season

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