Mike Williamson has taken his fair share of criticism this season from Newcastle fans, as have the defense in general, but an interesting fact is that we’ve conceded 26 goals after 17 league games, and that’s only four more than we conceded after the same number of games last season.
Mike Williamson in action against Sunderland – take that!
We know that Mike Williamson is an excellent professional, and that comes across in the interview he has given in the local press today, and this is what the 29 year-old former Watford and Wycombe Wanderers player had to say:
“You look back on games and on mistakes but there is no point dwelling on things like that.” “It is all about moving forward. I like to think I am a harsh critic and I always try to tweak things where I feel it’s needed.”
“I am always confident in my own ability that I can carry on playing for this team and that we can keep clean sheets.” “Last season, everyone in the streets would be coming up to us and patting us on the back, stuff like that.”
“Now they are asking us what’s gone wrong and when will things turn. But that is going to happen because this is such a passionate city. They live and breathe their football so it’s understandable.” “You just have to look at the amount of shirts in the city – that is just the business we are in.”
“They deserve to see a few more better displays from us. The lads now that and we are all working hard to try to put things right and give the fans something to cheer about like we did last year.” “It’s just a case of trying to get that consistency and get back to the levels we played last year.”
“We have definitely upped our game in the last few weeks and have been a bit unfortunate not to get more points.” “Set-pieces are a big part of the game these days and we have not capitalized on them enough.” “The backroom staff are working hard to create different ways in a bid to get more goals because a goal at a set-piece is kind of a free one.”
“We feel that as a team we have not contributed enough through our set plays so that is something we have been working on.
Mike has now played 93 times for Newcastle, but still has to score his first goal for the club , and he’s sent up for every corner so one of these days, he’s going to score a goal – and hey Mike – why not make that today.
For the record Mike scored 11 goals in 167 appearances for Wycombe Wanderers and three goals for Watford in 23 appearances so he knows what it’s like to score a goal – just not in a black and white shirt.
And I just noticed on our Facebook page we have 1892 likes – what year were Newcastle founded again?
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