Williamson – It Will Be Tough, Parker – Newcastle Definite Threat

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!!

21 comments so far

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    3-0 Newcastle, HBA to score again. Hopefully both Cisse and Ba too.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    i’d like to think that

    Tottenham are a threat to NUFC 😉

  • Klatoon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont like playing the ” if ” game but

    If we hadnt thrown it away against Wolves,

    If we had held on for a few more seconds against Arse,

    If Demba had put away that derby Pen,

    Its scary to think how high we’d be now…

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Klatoon, you aren’t the only one mate. I have thought about that lots, and it’s not as though those things are far fetched, they are points we had pretty much in the bag. Another 5 points for us, and 2 less for Arsenal.

    And with 3 very winnable games to come, a CL place would have been there for the taking. Still can’t believe we are even considering it to be honest. Pardew has worked miracles.

  • redondo77

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Parker is playing mind game.
    Tottenham’s form lately is not really good, I think they can’t handle the pressures, they were expected to finish 3rd and Arsenal already beat them, now they are under pressure from us and Chelsea. They will crumble and I think there is problem inside since the issue of Redknapp predicted to be next England manager, the players are worried who will stay and go if Redknapp goes.

    Chelsea will lose vs Arsenal, the Arsenal game is between Barca games. They probably will lose tonight game, too many games this month (8 games).

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6


    so it’s basically between us and Spurs, i agree

  • munch27

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    i’ve noticed the words “Pardew Wonderland” bandied around the day i’m at the game today and believe me if we are 7 up Ba (3) Cisse (3) HBA (1) “i’ll lead the choir” but until then lets hold off from sending pards to the realms of SBR and KK lets see how this season ends and the summer goes.

  • Klatoon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Its actually another 7.

    But the biggest IF has to be, Steven Taylor not getting injured !

  • toonincheek

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    klatoon –

    If ‘ifs’ were the basis, we would probably have qualified last year.
    All other teams have ifs and buts of their own.
    Waste of time thinking it.
    Come to think of it, even bigger waste of time replying!!

  • MrToon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Ben Arfa to rip Alonso apart! He looks like the week link in Bolton’s defense. 3 – 0 toon

  • Let’s not get too carried away lads, we can all play the ‘IF ONLY’ game but remember there are always 2 sides to a coin…

    IF we wern’t so lucky against wolves away
    IF HBA pen against Manu utd wasn’t given
    IF Shola didn’t score a last minute equaliser

    Don’t get me wrong i’m not trying to put a negative spin on things just saying I think we are right were we should be based on our performances this season.

    4-0 Cisse to score first. 😀

  • Tsunki

    Apr 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Munch27 – sorry about thjat tripe about my lads first game it was actually his mates first game who we took along and no-one was dazzled on that drizzly boring night thanks to boltonms crap tactics. My lad was 7 but he was days away from his 8th bday and it was the Barca friendly when we were taught 3-0 by Kluivert and co. My boy was impressed by all the steps we climbed to get to the top level and I nearly expired.

    My memory is failing me these days…. 🙂

  • jayjo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we should forget the if’s or buts what we need to do is as follows :
    Bolton 3 points
    Stoke 3 points
    Wigan 3 points
    Bottlers 1 point
    Chelski 1 point
    Everton 3 points

    If we manage this then we WILL be in Europe and my Mrs can kiss her holiday off

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    4 hours to go

  • jayjo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Also what are your thoughs on strenghing the team , I think

    1 x CH
    1x CM

    Keep all players in the first team squad .. I dont think Guthrie is a suitable keep he is playing for a contract hence the improved performances

  • jayjo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    My player of the year ….. Perch

    If you look at the slating we gave him he had been a revelation , my hats off to any player who has taken a kicking from all corner to be able to put in performances that have been outstanding

  • jayjo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Players to go :

    Simpson – because he thinks he is world class

    Ba will go … but no player is bigger than the team i would love to see him stay

    Saylor fit , Young Abs back , Abeid to break into first team ,

  • juanpeterbeardsley

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    4th place is a big ask for us we would need to win most of games left and need Tottenham to drop points I see them finishing with 71 or 72 Arsenal too far ahead now may end with 75.
    The only way to make sure we qualify for Europa is to finish above Chelsea which is in our hands as we play them.To qualify in 6th we need Liverpool to knock Everton out next week in the FA Cup

    If we dont qualify still been a brilliant season HWTL

  • r and r

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    I have to disagree jayjo, Demba Ba comes across a very humble person, a good role model for younger players.I think he was just frustrated against Swansea and rightly so , it’s a good sign when players show their commitment and concern.
    It was Pardews decision after all and he received Ba’s emotive glances.
    But I also believe that Ba will go to PSG in the summer, and we’ll certainly miss him.I hope I’m wrong because he has been a revelation at the toon this season.If we only receive 7m for him ,a replacement of similar ability would cost double if not more.
    Or we could do nowt and hope Best starts going to church!

  • juanpeterbeardsley

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Jayjo @

    Time to cut some slack to Danny Simpson,,,? the stats dont lie he is one of the best rated rbs in league.
    Priority should be Lb and Ch in the summer….. subject nobody leaving

  • giimps

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Raylor has to be in with a shout too….Never in my wildest imagination did I see the team play so well with him in it at leftback, and anywhere he has been asked to play he does a good job.
    Raylor, Williamson, Perch, Simmoand Guthrie have all exceeded my expectations so far this season.
    My man of the season would either go to Krul or Jonas, without whom this season would be so different.
    Probably Krul for keeping us in certain games and organising whoever is in front of him and giving them the confidence when the chips are down.
    Whoever gets it though, there are another 20 who have done as well in some games.
    As for where this ends this season, what a rush it has been.
    Cheers to the players and Pards and especially to Carver, and as much as they have made mistakes previously. a special thanks goes to Mike Ashley and Lambias for sticking with it when they were getting so much stick (from myself as well).
    Lets push on and make Europe a reality, keep the stars in the summer and build with quality.


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