We’ve Got The Character And Resilience To Get Out Of This

Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson was interviewed after yesterday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City – the third defeat in the last four league games at home for Newcastle.

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Mike Williamson – we can get out of this

Mike seems confident that things will turn around sooner rather than later, and he said things were just not going Newcastle’s way at the moment:

“It feels like the last few weeks we’ve come out and there’s a lot of positives there but still we leave with no points, and that’s the disappointing thing.” “Obviously they’re the champions and they’re not there for nothing but we do feel disappointed with the result and it’s getting frustrating.”

“We had a few times where it flashed across their goalmouth today and they have one that goes across ours and goes through two people’s legs and it finds the net.” “That’s the period we’re in but I’m sure we’ve got the character and resilience to get out of this.”

“The players in that dressing room know it’s just a mentality at the end of the day. We’ve still got the same team as we had last year and we’ve got a positive outlook and quality in the team.” “We know we can keep clean sheets and we can score goals. It’s just trying to get back to that and not forgetting what we did, and that’s what we try to do each week.”

Newcastle had started the game well,  and it was Joe Hart who saved Manchester City a few times and denied Newcastle some goals that we desperately need these days, and our defending was again not up to par, and against one of the best sides in England, that’s just not good enough.

Next up is QPR at home next Saturday, and that seems to us like it’s getting to be a must win game to give our players some confidence.

What do you think?

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47 comments so far

  • geordie_upon_tyne

    Dec 16, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #1


  • geordie_upon_tyne

    Dec 16, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #2

    i dont think we played that badly yesterday but qpr is a must win

  • cyprus

    Dec 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Unless you are a Newcastle fan, sit back and enjoy, said the otherwise congenial hosts on TV. But they were not right, we bossed the second half and were hit by a sucker punch. Shame, because this was our best performance this season, we could’ ve scored many times, their goalie was on a good day. And, for their goals, though well taken, we were unlucky. Like the commentators said, City would’ve beaten Man U with that performance.

    Anyways, we need to play with this intensity against QPR, it is our MOST important game.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 16, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Losing 6 out of seven against largely modest opposition is so extraordinary it’s hard to take any reasonable perspective other than to say we need to stop the rot before it spirals out of all control.

    But those two sound home defeats against the Mancs surely tells us that slump or no slump, we are even at our best some way off consistently challenging the senior clubs.

    We played well yesterday, but City were far superior and the Utd game wasn’t so different, summarily outplayed at home.

    The message to the owner is surely more and ongoing investment if we are to punch at our natural weight. All things being equal we are a big enough club to be a match for any side at home.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #5

    how many of you think that our second half performance against city is a hope for better performances against mid table teams or any teams

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    @Go Toon Go
    “Drop out Vurnon Anita and you will win PARDE.Send Vurnon Anita back to Ajax.”

    WTF are you talking about? Do you watch any of the games? He’s been a MOTM contender for 3 games running, he’s constantly chasing everything down plays some cracking football some great passing and has been bossing our midfield

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    If we play like yesterday – NO problem
    Play like we did against Southampton – BIG problems.

    Liked what I saw yesterday especially second half.

    Couple of Points

    i) Got to play Perch and Tiote together as defensive midfield players.
    Fills up the huge space we have left all season in front of our back 4. Tiote has been isolated and other teams have targeted him when he was looking to get a pass away

    ii) Got to start with Anita and Marvo next week

  • south coast toon

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    had sky put in yesterday and tried to watch the highlights,had to make do with a text commentary yesterday and it souned like we could have got something out of the game and that they played well again, so was really peed off when the sky highlights for our game were all bloody man city with hardly a mention of us. how did anita get on as it sounded like he was doing everything.you dont mind loosing when they play well and hopefully they can take some credit forward from this game.defo need some defensive transferes jan

  • go toon go

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    I know what you are saying.His passes are not important when we lose all the games when he plays.That is the problem:He takes a lot of responsibility.Every single game with him is lost.Dont you see people.And after that Jonas is bad,Papiss Cisse is bad.We have now the players that we need.Just we need to buy new centre back and drop out Williamson and Anita.If you dont understand me then you will see when he is off we will win.And abot QPR don’t forget that they have Harry Redknapp.And he is big name in EPL.

  • Belly

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s a simple as this. Our full back looked so average yeastersay and were probably at fault for most of citys good play. We need to find a replacement for Simmo. Yeah he saved our skin on a few occasions last season but the guy just ain’t good enough. Especially going forward, his crossing is so poor. Santon had a shocker yesterday but I do like him and he’s got bags of potential. I think he could maybe move to right back when Simmo leaves therefor paving the way for Eric Pieters to join and play a left full back. I like Debuchey but I can’t see that deal happening, there’s possibly too much bad blood between us and Lille.
    We lack creativity in midfield and Cissé and Ba just doesn’t work. We need to spend in jan if we are to climb up the league. We haven’t got enough quality. We need numbers. I’m sure the club have done their homework on players and they will make some deals happen next month.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    go toon go – Clown

    you have single handidly proved why I hardly ever come on here anymore

  • go toon go

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Charlie in the Gallowgate.Mike Ashley brought a lot of players that are world class.And every single game that we lose with these players and at home on our stadium IS THE PROBLEM.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Go toon go

    We beat wigan with anita playing so stop talking shite everyone has been bad this season and the last few games we have started to look like a team again.

  • ganiyu

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Cisse-ba combo is making nufc look like the senegalese national team.sell one of them and get scot sinclair.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15

    I would like to see us go for it in January and really save our season:

    Mathieu Debuchy
    Ryan Shawcross(would be a massive signing if possible)
    Moussa Sissoko

    Personally I think we need a new striker aswell but with the addition on Sissoko and if Pardew can get some balls behind him we can play

    ——Ben Arfa—Cisse—Ba

  • go toon go

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    GeordieToon89.Clown or not.Read carefully my words and in the future you will see what i want to say before it is too late for my Newcastle United.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Scott Sinclair we couldnt get him from city he only signed in the summer…

    I agree the last couple of games we have started to look alot better and yday we played really well we were just lacking at the back and Tiote is way off this season

  • sirtoongospel

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Go Toon Go is clearly taking the pi55. And if he isn’t then he should seriously consider watching another sport.

    Anita has been incredible and the reason we have improved slightly. I watched the game again last night when I got in and it is obvious that we have good players who are also quick thinkers. Anita, Marv, Cisse and I have to say Perch moved it quickly yesterday.

    Then you have Cheick, Jonas and Demba. Slow; need too many touches and generally lose the ball.

    With cabaye and HBA to come back there is the basis of a brilliant team, especially on the counter attack. The addition of 2 good defenders would see us transformed.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Go Toon Go
    Your responses make absolutly no sense at all
    Anita has been the main driving force in midfield over the last 5-6 games he’s been solid and pure class

  • go toon go

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #20

    eaststandgeordie1982.Yes,we beat Wigan.But how.With red card in 10 minute.Every club will do that.That is the only game that we won with Anita.And because of red card in 10 minute i dont count that game.I love my team and look for mistakes in team.I’M not against Anita but in our team he can’t be in first team.We are weak with him.He takes a huge responsibility that doesn’t give effect.


    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Go Town Go:

    There are not many occasions when i totally dis-agree with what someone says on here.

    But, Geordie Toon89 has echoed my sentiments about coming on here, because its mis-guided comments like yours about Vernon Anita which is one of the main reasons i hardly ever come on here either!

    Now your entitled to your opinions, and you may even start calling people names and insulting them when you feel agrieved!

    But Anita happens to be one of our better players in the last few weeks. And his performances have been MOTM standard!

    On the other hand Williamson is not Prem standard and needs to shipped out, can,t wait for the transfer window, when i have an idea we are going to be in the bottom three!

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    go toon go

    are you sure you watched the game??

    anita was by far our best player, his free kicks and corners where all put into good places, his passing and chasing were first class,


    there is match of the day, its mainly man c highlights , but if you watch, you will see, anita was class, and then watch jonas, omg,, shocker,, his positioning was all wrong

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Go toon Go
    Mackem in disguise

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Go toon go

    Why dont you point out how many times tiote has lost the ball and its cost us, i would rather see anita ahead of tiote because against big teams we will get punished for giving the ball away we cant afford to do that, anita is the only player that seems to press players when they have the ball he has great vision and is calm on the ball it was always going to take him time to get to grips with EPL, fulham, stoke and citeh defeats came down to our defence not anita.

  • blew

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Every game is massive not just QPR, Harry is a strategist and a top motivator his team will be ready.
    QPR will have pace down the wings and powerful heading ability for the crosses and set pieces, for sure.
    We can only hope. Harry will make plans to stop Jonas, do that and we are beaten.
    Dont get excited, the last sentence is meant for fun – just like Go Toon Go – throwing down some corn, amusing himself, dont bite

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #26

    question time

    who is likely to leave in jan,,

    lots of talk about who is coming in,, but i think some need to be shipped out

    i think ARS will come in for 1 ov 2 of our players
    cabaye or HBA,,

    i also think BA will go

  • go toon go

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #27

    This is my last comment.I have written enough for this blog and i told my opinion.Next games will prove my words.

  • ronjohno

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #28


    What a waste of space

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Go toon go

    I think you need to look for the positives in our play over the last few games not mistakes, looking at things the way you do could lead you into an early grave.

  • ganiyu

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #30

    And pls tell mr pardew that he needs more bodies in his mid field and that he has to drop cisse(forget the no.9 fairy tales)

  • ToonMauritius

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #31

    good morning lads
    just found that there is a kid in the blog

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #32

    Go toon Go
    From local rag Sunday Sun
    Vurnon Anita
    8 His best game in a Newcastle Shirt – looked a class act

    and from the match reporter
    “If Newcastle United had played as they did yesterday in their previous half-dozen Premier League games then everything would be well within the Geordie Nation.”

  • south coast toon

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #33

    havent seen enough of the game to comment on performances, but all the games anita has played in lately he has put so much effort into, his corners and free kicks have mostly been into the right areas, i think if we are going to single out and critise players pherhaps we should look at defence,and mr t, alot of the newer players r coming in to team that is well below there level of play, and to come in and stand out says it all, we just need the rest of them to perform mr t is key to that as is the defemce. i for one am glad we have anita driving us on at the mo lets just hope its infectious

  • JDdubai

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Losing to Man City, Man U or Arsenal wont be the reason we are in relegation trouble, its losing to the crap sides that matters.

    Still if, IF we can replicate that second half performance then QPR wont live with us, however I havent seen anything this season to suggest we can deliver that kind of performance against the “little” teams or in fact in 2 matches in a row.

    Everyone needs to step upto the plate, not going into the whole Jonas debate as it doesnt make a difference, he will play every PL match until at least Cabaye returns.

    Just wish Marveaux would get a chance, look how much Anita has improved, every game he gets better and more used to the tempo, he would be amazing right now if he was playing in a half decent team….

    And Go Toon Go, just go…

  • jeff

    Dec 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #35

    character resilience and MIKE WILLO

  • hotdog

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #36

    jeff – I am one of willo’s biggest critics but ill praise the lad for yesterday. One of our better performers and his best game by a country mile. That obv does not mean that he is good enough though!!
    I said this week that we are shipping goals, another three, all be it, against the champions. We need new signings at the back and quickish.

  • Scotttoon

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #37

    Although our first half performance, apart from the 1st 10mins left me heading for the noose at half time, I was really impressed with our character and attitude 2nd half. Sky commentary even pointed out how Man City couldn’t cope with us bossing the midfield up until the sloppy 3rd goal, and I think as MOST would agree, Anita was key. He seemed to be everywhere yesterday. He was involved in all that was good going forward and his tracking back to help our ‘in need of new addition’ defence also good.
    If only Cisse would have buried that 2nd half chance. Much improved going forward though, reason to be optimistic against QPR!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #38


    I think you’re looking at that through black and white glasses a bit. City could have been 5-0 up at half time. Admittedly we got some good effort and commitment for 20 mins in the second half when Anita was great, but overall, city showed us how football should be played.

    I am getting very, very worried now. Some people still saying no way we will go down, but we have lost 7 out of the last 8 games, with city apart, against some very mediocre opposition and at home too.

    I don’t know when stubborness and arrogance get blurred with stupidity and even though Shearer called it wrong on M.O.T.D, because last season Ba played left of a front 3, not right, he made the point.

    It seems as if the formation is going back to a kind of 433 hopefully, but at home especially, instead of Marveaux on the left of a front 3 we had Jonas and Cisse will never be a right winger, although to be fair Benny and Obi weren’t available so needs must yesterday I guess.

    Redknapp has got the feel good factor going at QPR and if we don’t beat the second bottom team at home, how much longer are we going to let it go on?
    Very worrying what Mister Tuff put in a thread yesterday and you can’t help wondering if Pardew is almost trying to engineer getting sacked.

    7 losses in the last 8 games is mirroring the worst run of results in West ham’s history when Pardew was there.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Let’s face it, we had an awful start to the season. We all blamed it on a shaky pre-season, players not being match fit, not being able to play the same team due to injuries and suspensions- particularly in our back five, luck, Europa league, whatever. Basically, our first 14 games of the season we have been pants for the most part. Some games were promising, some games had some decent performances in, but we still weren’t winning.

    The last few games, probably stoke, Wigan, Fulham, man citeh, has seen us play football that is probably of a better standard than what got us to fifth last season. The problem is we have the mentality that we have lost the last 4 or we haven’t win in ten, or we are two points from the telegation zone. That is detrimental to us. The fans get restless, the players and manager get restless, and most importantly,
    The players push higher and higher up the pitch looking for goals and wins, we leave ourselves massively exposed to counter attacks and defensive mistakes. I think the winning goal In every one of our last matches has came from a counter attack. That is the problem. We need to have a belief that we are good enough to win games, good enough to draw against citeh at home. Because yesterday, we were, and if we had kept organised and persevered, we would have scored again. But our players got desperate. This isn’t down to Pardew IMO, as he is normally very good setting the defence up, but the players themselves. We can all see that they want to win as much as we do, but we just need to go into a match with the mindset that we are able to score goals, good goals, and we just need to keep calm.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #40

    Well our worst ever Premiership start worse than the season when we got relegated but you must remember in that particular season the club was in turmoil, five changes of management the worst fan unrest since the early eighties due to the realisation that we have an owner whose ruthlessness is only matched by his lack of footballing knowledge, this year is different now supposedly financially sound and in the most stable position for years we are witnessing some of the worst football ever seen at our famous stadium and seeing us being out fought in the transfer market by the likes of Swansea and Stoke, Mike Ashley had a great opportunity to build on something special but instead of listening to the football people around him he chose to do it his way and entrust the even less football knowledgeable Dirk Llambias to make the footballing decisions.


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