One thing that’s been obvious over the last few games is that Mike Williamson is back to top form.
Perch, Williamson and Cisse after the game yesterday
Mike had another very solid game yesterday, as did the very dependable James Perch, and our defense had to be near their best as Swansea had so much of the ball.
But Newcastle looked a well coached and well organized side, and every single player worked their socks off for the side in South Wales yesterday.
Even Papiss Cisse was seen in defense clearing the ball a number of times, and it was simply great to watch.
It was four wins on the trot for the first time since back in 2006, when Glenn Roeder led Newcastle to six wins in the last seven league games to get Newcastle into European competition, and that’s the last time we qualified.
Mike talked on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“That’s one of the main things,” t”When you keep a clean sheet, you’ve always got a chance of getting three points.”
“I’m sure the stats will show that Swansea had plenty of the ball today – but the most important one is the goals scored.”
“They’ve got very good movement and they’re all interchanging and it can be hard to pick them up when they’re going in, dropping out .”
“But I thought we did alright and we limited their chances to a few long range shots.” “And the run continues. The lads are working hard and it’s paying off.”
Fabricio Coloccini could be back on Monday, and if Cheick Tiote is not fully fit for the game against Bolton, it could be that Colo comes back in at center-back, and James Perch is used in defensive midfield.
Is James Perch now a valuable player for Newcastle, or is James Perch now a valuable player for Newcastle?
Williamson and Perch are good friends, and they both looked so solid yesterday, and in particular a sliding block by Perch very late in the game was simply brilliant, and this lad has come on a ton this year.
Mike was asked if he likes playing with his pal Perch:
“Very much so,” ”We’re both on the same level, we know what we’re all about. We get around each other and we’re happy to cover each other’s backs, and it’s working well at the minute.”
There were many good performances all over the pitch yesterday, and it was good to see Davide Santon come in and have a good game.
We have to remember Davide is still a work in progress, but he’s certainly improving his defensive play, and he looked a good player yesterday.
Davide is certainly one for the future and we expect Santon to be a much better player in the Premier League next season, after his solid grounding this season.
It was a terrific fighting performance from the Magpies yesterday, even through they were not as free flowing as of late, but the lads got the job done and got a very valuable 3 points.
And it’s four wins on the trot and counting……