Mike Williamson made his comeback in the 2-0 win at the Reebok Stadium back on Boxing Day, December 26th, and has been an ever -present in the Newcastle side since then.
Mike Williamson – in action at Swansea
Mike came back from the ankle injury he picked up at the beginning of the season in the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United on August 25th, and it was a few weeks after Steven Taylor injured his Achilles against Chelsea, and is out for the season.
Mike say quite rightly that Bolton will be fighting for their Premier League lives this afternoon, and they have won three of their last four games, although they were hammered 3-0 by Fulham at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
But even with 9 points from their last four games, Bolton are still in 5th bottom place and only one point better off then Wigan and Blackburn, who are second and third bottom respectively.
Having only a one day rest is also a bit ridiculous for Bolton, but it will be an advantage to Newcastle, who have had an extra day’s rest after their winning exploits at Swansea on Friday.
Mike Williamson is hardly underestimating Bolton:
“They’re going to be fighting for their lives,” “We need to outwork them, and then we can play our football like we have in the last few games.”
“It’s always nice playing at home and we’ve got the crowd there, and hopefully if we can just turn up and keep applying the same principles, we can get three points.”
Newcastle are in the fight for 4th place and of course are getting some great publicity these days and today, former captain Scott Parker, now at Tottenham has said his former club are a definite threat:
“Newcastle might say they are not Champions League [contenders] but, as far as we are concerned, they are in the thick of it,” Parker said.
“They have got to be top four contenders when you get to this stage of the season and they are in the position they are in.
“We certainly consider them to be rivals. You wouldn’t have thought they would be in this position after we beat them 5-0 a few weeks ago.”
“But they have gone about their business quite quietly and have been under the radar really until now.”
Scotty may be hinting in that last line that Newcastle could start to feel the pressure, but the lads have been so professional over their last several games in picking up four wins.
We are the dark horse for sure, but who would have thought that not even three years after we were all in the dumps (and that’s an understatement) after being relegated – we would be fighting for a spot in the European Champions League?
Something is going very right for Newcastle these days – hey – and long may it continue.
Let’s get the win today and we’ll be on 59 points for the season and sitting pretty.
Howay The Lads!!