Mike Williamson came in for the injured Steven Taylor in December and has fully played his part in Newcastle’s terrific resurgence this season.
Mike Williamson challenges Pablo Zabaleta on Sunday
Mike was a little rusty when he came back into the side, which was to be expected after being injured in the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United last August, but he quickly regained form and has been part of the Newcastle defense that has claimed 11 clean sheets since then, and 15 in all this season.
We have to hope the lads can get another clean sheet on Sunday, because if the team can be steady again at the back, we would expect Papiss Cisse, Ben Arfa or Demba Ba to be able to get at least one goal up front for the win.
Arsenal are at West Brom, in Roy Hodgson’s last game in charge at the Hawthorns, and Tottenham host Fulham , who are in excellent form, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that both those sides could lose, and a win would propel Newcastle into 3rd place in the league table.
That would simply be fantastic – but it’s possible nevertheless.
28-year-old Mike Williamson, bought for just £1M from Portsmouth just over two years ago, is right when he says the Newcastle dream is still alive, as he had this to say to the local press this morning:
“The dream is still alive and we’ll keep fighting until it’s over.” “If we can get in the Champions League it would be historic stuff. The lads and the manager will have achieved something fantastic.”
“We’re just going to go to Goodison Park and concentrate on what we’re doing. We’ll make sure we apply ourselves and do what we have done all season.”
“Whatever fate has in store for us we’ll find out at the end of 90 minutes. We’re just looking to turn up and put on a display like we have been in recent weeks.”
“We still have a chance of finishing fourth. So there is still a lot to play for. But generally we just want carry on with the momentum we’ve got and finish things off nicely.”
“It’s been incredible,” “The lads though have done it consistently from the first game of the season. They need a lot of credit for that.” “The whole squad has been fantastic and everybody has came in and played a part.”
“They’ve all worked tremendously hard, it’s been great to be a part of. We want to finish it off well and everyone will go away for holidays happy.”
In fact Mike says we have a chance to finish 4th, but we can even finish 3rd top with some help from Arsenal and Tottenham.
But the Newcastle task on Sunday is very simple – t0 pick up the 3 points – and if we can do that we’ll be very happy – whatever the Arsenal and Tottenham results.