This Fringe Player Now So Important For Newcastle


With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa having been brought in last January, and with Steven Taylor pushing hard for a center-back position alongside Coloccini the captain, it didn’t look in the summer that Mike Williamson had much of a future at Newcastle, and we even thought  he may be sold.

Mike Williamson heading ball

Mike Williamson – big chance for the 6’4″ center-back

But the big man didn’t want to leave Newcastle, and after playing solidly now for one and a half games for the first team, Mike is certain to start at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, and he has become an important player again on Tyneside.

We have to say that Mike is simply a first class professional,  who is a team player first and foremost, and he’s said in the past, it is always an honor  to play for Newcastle United.

And he steadied things at the back in the second half on Monday night, after Frenchman Yanga-Mbiwa had one of those games when he looked all at sea in that first half,  and just couldn’t get to grips and handle the powerful and physical Lukaka,

Mike has talked to the local press today, and responded to a question about the Newcastle fans chanting “We want our money back” after that pathetic first half display:

“All I can say is that we’re equally if not more disappointed than them,”  “We’re frustrated. We want to get back on the training pitch and put it right.”

“The fans can see it, and the players are the same. We’re striving to find that consistency and balance.”

“We’ve got some fantastic players. We struggled, but Everton are a fantastic team with a fantastic manager. They’re still unbeaten, which says a lot.”

What Williamson offers Newcastle is some experience of playing in the Premier League, and since signing on from Portsmouth for £1M in January, 2010 the Stoke-born player has made 103 appearances for the first team, but still has to score his first goal for Newcastle.

Maybe on Saturday?

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151 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    “All I can say is that we’re equally if not more disappointed than them,” “We’re frustrated. We want to get back on the training pitch and put it right.”

    How many times did we hear this last season??? How many times will we hear it this season? Remy said it after Hull, it was said after the City game. Less of the chit chat, more of the actually doing it.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Go Mike the saviour! Good for you man.

    Ibiza, you should thank your provider for ‘not showing you’ that first half!

    Repost:

    JFK will only be interim, like you say ED. But, something has to give with our current situation:
    *We never score from corners (PS. Stop that tactic where you all bunch together. It doesn’t work!)
    *We can’t ‘combine’ well.
    *Players seem lost.
    *We’ve turned big internationals into shells of players.
    *Our tactics… what tactics?
    Do you feel confident regarding Cardiff? I don’t and neither do the players, AP and MA. We just don’t know if we’ll play well, regardless of the result: We could win yes, but we could draw or get spanked too. That’s what football is about I know, but the odds must be 1/3 for each result. That’s nuts.

    On Cardiff, just checked all bookies odds. They are overwhelming favourites to win (yes it’s home, but it’s embarrassing nonetheless), 2 to 1 the other results.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Cyrpus…I have 🙂 In fact, I’m contemplating sending them a nice fruit basket.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Cyprus,
    Cardiff have looked decent at home, picking up 4 points from games against Man City, Everton and Spurs. It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that they are favourites to win the game, I’m more shocked that they aren’t odds on!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Hang on…suddenly:
    Krul is rubbish
    Colo is rubbish
    Cabaye is a traitor
    Ben Arfa is a liability
    Debuchy is worse than Simpson
    Santon should be replaced by a promising but inexperienced youngster
    Tiote is a tiger
    Willo is the answer to all of our problems in defence
    Goofy is brilliant

    What’s next? People demanding we start with Ameobi up front?!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Repost.

    Lads you are basing our good improved second half performance down to Everton taking their foot off the gas.

    That’s not entirely true. It was a good second half for us and we were much improved.

    It’s a game of two halfs and we beat them 2-0 in the second half. We were much better than how we started. Our pass completion was 85% our best of the season.

    All this drama is starting again pointing fingers and it isn’t necessary six games in.

    I’ll lay it down to individual errors for the time being as that’s how I seen it.

    We started bad and Everton were excellent.

    Just my 2 cents.

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    ibiza….i’m sure the TOON can spare a couple from the first team…!

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  • stan anderson

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Big Mike Williamson our saviour,hahahahahaha.
    I knew he,d come back to pull us out the sh-t.
    Shola on the mend yet ?please hurry back tour club needs you to join in big Mike to turn it away from disaster.WHOOHOO.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    You’re right, but if we ‘fear’ that away game, which one shouldn’t we fear?! My point is that we are consistently inconsistent and that boils down to management, surely. Do you know if we’ll play well, regardless of result? I don’t! 🙂

    Maybe you know or have heard: how well do they look at other teams? How ‘scientific’ are they with their preparation? KK was on TV talking about how coaching is not an exact science at all. I get that, but hasn’t the whole thing progressed? Do they just send them out telling them to ‘do what they know’ (a la Redknapp – his words) or not?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    TDS,
    For my part, I haven’t really changed my opinion on any player, but I do feel that Santon needs a kick up the arse, so would switch him with Dummett for the next game. He put in one of the worst displays I have seen from a full back in many a year. I don’t think Dummett is better, but if players have no incentive to improve then we see complacency which is something that seems rife at the club.

    As for HBA, well I’d be happy to ship him out anytime now. Individually very skillful, but it is to rare that any of that skill translates into what is best for the team. He will score the odd wonder goal, but let down his team mates more often by trying to do too much or by blazing a pointless shot high and wide when others are best placed. I don’t particularly rate Sammi, but having missed the Villa game I have only seen HBA have a 15minute spell where he excelled this season.

    Tiote would drop back out, Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko back as a trio.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Someone in commentry on the game mentioned that Everton had only lost one game in the calendar year and it had been something like 7 or 8 games since they had conceded at home.

    Alas some one through the night wrote that our defence has always been porous – so being a bit of a nerd on stats had a look at our premiership record.

    In 19 years in prem scored 1041 goals conceded 953

    only once have we conceded less than 40 goals in a season
    37 in 95-96
    8 times less than 50
    8 times less than 60
    and twice less than 70 of which last year was the worst conceding 68

    Something wrong somewhere!!!!!
    different managers different coaches, seems to be the same outcome

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  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Pardew is here for another 3 weeks atleast cause he will get something at cardiff.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    Must disagree with you there. HBA is our only world class player. I really don’t get his terrible displays in the last two games but without him our points tally would’ve probably been… zero!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Lilongwe

    Without HBA where would we be this season though? I think he’s generally been good but we can’t rely on him when we need solidity in midfield that’s for sure. I definitely wouldn’t want to lose our most exciting player.

    I haven’t really changed my opinion much either. I think Remy and Goofy have had good starts to the season but I think many of our problems in defence are simply the players not being well organised. They’ve had plenty of time to get used to playing with each other now so it’s about time they do it. I’ve no problem with dropping Santon for Dummett or MYM for Willo if it gives them a kick up the bum. We tried it with Cisse and then had to bring him on because we were desperate for another goal…

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  • HullMag6

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Mbiwa and colo together doesnt work for most matches, both too similar. Mbiwa is more likely Colo’s replacement we need a commanding aerial minded cb alongside say similar to hangeland/vidic. Willo will have to do at the mo or saylor if he can cut out the antics.

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  • goalseeker

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Be careful for what you wish for. Pardew to be sacked is the cry and then the saviour takes over Joe Kinnear, do you really want that for our team because with Ashley playing the way he does with the team Kinnear will be running things. He who has won every nmajor football trophy in existence (sorry for the misprint I meant his mind), he who does not know the palyers names and insults (sounds like Di Cannio & look what happened to him), he who knows more about football than either you or I, he who can pick up the phone to every manager in the Premier League (he has still not said that all the manager’s respond with ‘Tell the fat ***** I am busy’). Pardew is not perfect but he is better than the alternative.

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  • jimmysmith

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    By his own admission he now has the players to play the way he wants, when he hasn’t for over a year, and at times we have looked great this season. Needs to be given a little more time to get the side playing consistently, not till January, but till November, I’d say. It’s still early doors and having stuck with him this long, why get rid so early in a new season and just as there are some promising signs.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Considered that it might be because the fans demand attacking football? The season we got 5th we ground out results and many fans complained about the quality of football.

    It’s not very easy to play attacking and successful football unless you have your pick of players like Man City.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    One quick question, if Pardew – like the rest of us – could see after only 5 min. that something was wrong (talking about the Everton game), why did it take him 45 min. to make changes?

    …changes are here two subs (one of them being the only player causing Everton problems in the first half); Would it be fair to claim that regardless of those two subs chances are that we would probably come out in another gear for the second half anyway?

    …So did he really change anything?

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Ben Arfa was carried out of 4 your eyes only on the eve of the Hull game by the way.

    I knew I had something to share 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Cyprus,
    I’m not saying we should fear them, I’m saying that the bookies have probably called it right, if anything skewed it slightly in favour of us due to our Premier league history.

    We shouldn’t be fearing going to any ground, and that is one of my main issues with Pardew. In his interviews before games he always says how difficult things will be. The players look sh*t scared every time they kick off against a top half team. The set up against Everton with Goofy on the right was a purely defensive move to stop Baines causing us problems. Why not press higher, get at them and keep Baines pinned back by causing him problems?

    KK saying coaching isn’t an exact science, it wasn’t even something he was half good at, he was great at lifting players when things were good, but struggles to even lift himself when it gets tough. I couldn’t tell you much on how we look at opposition nowadays. Allardyce used to have it in meticulous detail, but I don’t know on Pardew.

    From what I can see though any focus we have is on the threats they pose, not their weaknesses. And any changes to our strategy seem to be to ounter their attacking threat – Goofy is the perfect example. Baines is good, but none of that Everton back 4 are great defensively, and Barry is as slow as a cart horse, and 1/2 the player he once was, we made him look like Schweinsteiger the space we afforded him to spread the play about. But we were so deep he had time and space to do it.

    This in turn left Remy isolated, once or twice he got the ball in attacking positions and had absolutely no one in support. I remember in the second half he did superbly to get to the by line and cross the ball, only to see that his nearest team mate was Cabaye, about 15yards outside the box.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardews favourites are/were jonas,perch, perhaps shola,tiote

    Its strange we have no one like them brought in.
    We play jonas very game but would we buy jonas ?

    Im not saying its good or bad but perhaps our transfers are disconnected from pardew.

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  • low fell mag

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    It is time now for the club to replace Pardew .
    In my opinion Pardew is a good man and a good man manager and I think he has the players on his side.
    The down side to him is the coaching staff he has along side him.
    A fresh manager with better coaches is what we need.
    3 goals that Everton scored were quite comical, 3 goals that Hull scored ,the six Liverpool and not forgetting Arsenals 7 and the scums 3 .
    Looking at our goal keeper and the four defenders , four of those are international players of a very high calibre.
    It simply is not working,

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Pardew sets sights on top 10!

    “Alan Pardew believes Newcastle are still capable of finishing in the top 10, despite a stuttering start to the season.”

    Wohoo 😀

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Jesp,

    We’re only set-up and built for a mid-table finish anyway.

    Enjoy the fit starting eleven while it lasts haha 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Cyprus/TDS,
    I’d happily sacrifice a player who plays for himself, albeit a talented one, for having a team and a unit that creates and does more as a group. HBA scores occasionally, but he loses the ball more, misses the target when others are in good positions and rarely puts in a decent cross. He has been the same his entire career, flattering to deceive.

    It would be great if he could learn, or Pardew could train him to do this, but so far the chances don’t look good.

    To be clear, in a 433 formation, I don’t want him to defend in the slightest, the midfield trio should have the capabilities to do this, with HBA only really needing to sweep round as cover when attacks are on the opposite side from him. It is the fact he too often lets himself down with his decision making that really frustrates me.

    I think that without him, in his current guise, we can be a better team.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Ed,

    There is alot of re-directing to porn sites and to the app store on here at the moment.

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  • jimmysmith

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    At times we have defended well this season. We’ve had 3 shockers, one against City in the first game of the season, a shocking first half away to a good Everton side with a tip top striker and got pinched for being too attacking at home against Hull bedding in a more expansive approach.

    The rest of the time the defense has performed. I’m not ready to throw my hands in the air, particularly as we look good going forward.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #29

    Prodigy…I am so excited 😉

    …guess we will have to look at the face of both JFK and MA every other week now as well 🙁 Dreadful!

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  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    If Pardew asked to buy Jonas, he would never get his wish.
    Yet , cause we have him, he plays every game.

    Pardew dint want to sell perch.
    Yet he was sold.

    Says a lot about the pardew and transfers equation.

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  • boater

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    I find it hilarious that Williamson is being allowed out of the dog house. His mere inclusion on a team sheet was driving this blog into meltdown, with most of you foaming at the mouth and masturbating into each other’s ears.

    Perhaps the truth is we (continue to) fail to defend as a team – no cover from fullbacks and an AWOL midfield. Would Kompany and Vidic have fared any better with Everton scything through us every 5 minutes? Probably not much better.

    Sorry – you can all go back to scapegoating individuals again. As you were.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    defences are built on cb partnerships. willo and colo is the best we had. they were the backbone of the defence we had in season we finished 5th

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Jesp,

    It’s funny Mike and Joe seem to be taking in all these games all of a sudden eh?

    They have plotted Alan’s downfall over the summer, now there sitting with the popcorn watching it all unfold.

    What does Mike see in Joe Kinnear?

    Apart from being his wingman in the bar he has got nothing to justify his job role at NUFC.

    It’s all like an episode of only fools and horses. Which I love!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #34

    @low fell mag // Oct 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    i somewhat agree with you. we have huge international players, and the job is just too big for him. I think Pardew would be far better off coaching the likes of Norwich, Fulham etc.

    its not easy coaching 11 top international players and it takes alot to gain their respect and trust. The quality of players at disposal is too much for Pardew to handle. We need a continental coach with a fresh injection of ideas and someone who will command respect and make them play to their potential.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    On Santon, if he is going to be a primarily attacking full back, he has to start actually having a final product when he goes forward. 6 assists in 160 career appearances. Compare that with Baines who managed 7 in the Premier League last season alone, and a 35 year old Ian Harte who managed 4 in just 16 appearances in the Prem last year.

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  • Wiz

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    We know about Willo. He turns his back and relies on his arse to repel goalbound shots. He is slow, cannot turn, and cannot time a tackle. He’s not bad in the air, provided he is in the right place. Any manager who chooses Willo ahead of any one of Coloccini, Mbiwa (a very good player), Taylor or Dummett is doing something wrong.

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  • Slank

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #37

    low fell mag @ 23

    Yes, you have hit on something that others don’t appear to mention or ignore and that is the two Geordie coaches Stone and Carver. Their job is coaching, pure and simple. I doubt they have any other responsibilities whereas a manager has to cover many other bases and can’t always be hands-on.

    Perhaps there is a problem with Stone and Carver.

    Perhaps it’s time to shake up the backroom, may be replacing them or getting someone in to oversee them who is a seasoned specialist at hands-on coaching.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Prodigy…I gotta tell you that JFK appointment will always baffle me!

    …fools and horses you say?

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  • ArtyH

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #39

    Top and bottom of this situation is on Monday evening Colo and Y.M and or Tiote, should have marked young Lakaku out of the game by using the old English tactics, roughed him up a bit, he is a big lad but still young and would have had something to think about other than ripping our back 4 an new you know what. A good couple of really hard tackles by both our C.B’s or Tiote in the middle third should have been made early on to signal our intent, but no it was come this way young man and test our goalie.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Slank,
    I think if you read back over the summer posts there were lots of posts regarding the ability, or mainly the lack of, of our geordie duo. Not to mention Beardsley, Donachie, Richardson etc. We were led to believe that coaching staff would be brought in, it wasn’t. I’d prefer to see a whole new set of staff, from Under 17’s through to first team including Pardew. The second longest serving manager in the prem, and he is still struggling to get a team playing with any sort of identity or clearly defined approach.

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