Williamson Back To Top Form – Perch, Santon Great Too

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……

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • pardew no 1

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    about pietres i would take him because he has lots of talent and lots of resell value get him signed up santon can play in europa legue if we still have simpson which i hope we dont just thinking of santon and hba on the right makes me jizz

  • Xavi

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    fantastic win at a tough ground.
    williamson has been great since saylors injury but lets not forget how good saylor was before he got injured and i hope he will be starting next season.

    we have needed a flair player like hatem ben arfa for a while and how good is it to have an outlet in a guy like him with pace and trickery.

  • achtoon

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    5th place, two points of 3rd and people like solano complaining about how the club is run. Yoy have to sell players to invest in young players. Look at chelsea, they have hung on to their best players who are now all old and they arent good enough now and think they run the club.

  • alip123

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Has to be said, Williamson in the last few games has improved massively; except for one or two dodgy moments against West Brom and Norwich since the mackem match he’s been good.

    Having said that, I think Bolton could be tougher than we thought cos they’re on a good run. But hopefully we’ll get a win. 9 points from the next three games would be taken up gratefully, and then it’s crunch time against Chelsea, Man City and Everton

    This is gonna be interesting

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    The defenders are doing brilliantly. All of them were top notch yesterday.

    I just wish people would stop wishing Simmo to leave in the Summer. He was great again yesterday, and in our last 4 wins nothing has come down Simmo’s side.

    Willo has been super and will continue to be if people stay off his back. With him, Perch, Simmo, and others, we have good players playing GREAT.

    Fans of other teams are asking where their great players have disapperared to? Silva, Mata, Modric, Gerrard, these are top top players who are underperforming. The timing couldn’t be better for our boys to find form.

    Looking at the fixtures, we could easily win our next two games, and in that time Arsenal play Man City and Chelsea, Tottenham have a couple of tricky away games in 5under1and and QPR (who are fighting for their lives).

    It could be that we are right in the mix with 4 games to go.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Swansea fans must be so frustrated.
    Amazing passing but no penetration.

    We were incredible. So organised and committed.
    Loving the 433, I hope Demba Ba signs a new deal, without a release clause.
    Wouldn’t want to lose him.

    The interest again in Erik Pieters is good news.
    He can play LB and cover CB if needed.
    CB’s Colo, Saylor, Willo, Pieters, Perch.

    Santon can play RB and link up with HBA.

    If Guthrie and Simmo sign new deals I think we only need a young forward. Two if we sell Best.

    Hopefully there’ll be enough cash to fund these transfers.
    Good times in the Toon.

  • murvar

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m pleased to see Willo getting some plaudits. It’s been scandalous the way some fans have slated him – overall he has been a really good acquisition who has rarely let us down. Everyone makes mistakes – even Colo – but it seems that when Willo makes one he gets unduly criticised. To concede just one goal in the last 4, with Colo missing 2 of those – is a great achievement.

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    alip123, totally agree, the beauty for us is that no one expects us to be in the mix. Pardew plays it down, the players do too, but deep down they must feel that they can win 4 from the last 5, and if the Chelsea game is one of them, we go to Everton guaranteed to have a chance.

    Bolton, Stoke, Wigan, all winnable. MAn City could be going throught the motions if the league title is gone and I would fancy us to turn them over.

    Chelsea might have bigger fish to fry with their cup involvement, so we might just sneak up on the rails. But even if top 4 is a bridge too far, then 5th is there for the taking.

  • Dannyo

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    When Collo is back, who do u think has to yield? Willo, Perch or a midfielder? Personally i’d like Perch to stay at CB, he has some much wanted pace.

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Dannyo, great question, and very very tough. The rumours were that Colo might make the Bolton game, and if he does, then Perch could move to CM? Tiote doubtful, and Cabaye took a knock?

    Have to say, Perch has been an absolute hero lately, and his friendship with Willo is obvious. Colo will play when fit, but will be so harsh on Perch if he has to give way, and similar with Willo.

    Pardews management skills are being showcased more and more when fringe players are doing such a cracking job.

  • west-ldn magpie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    All the boys did their jobs, but cisse is something else. He’s so lethal in front of goal and works hard defensively too + what a humble guy. Next toon legend.


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