We Let The Football Do The Talking

Mike Williamson made his debut for Newcastle on January 25th, 2010 in a game against Crystal Palace,  after Mike arrived at Newcastle not having played a first team game that season, where he was squeezed out at Portsmouth, and he was the best player on the field in that competent 2-0 win.

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Mike Williamson tackles Ross Barkley on Monday night

And in fact Mike played that game while on loan,  and then signed on for £1M, and played for the rest of that promotion season in place of the injured Steven Taylor.

And Mike more often than not plays well for Newcastle, and he has an excellent temperament for a big game, and we expect the 6’4″ center-back to play well at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

Mike started the season as 4th choice center-back behind Colo, Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa but has a chance to stake a claim in the first team,  after some dreadful Newcastle defending in the last two league games.

This is some of what Mike said in the local papers today:

“It’s a big club, and there’s plenty of competition for places,” “It’s up to the manager to pick the team. ” “I’m sure he’ll pick the 11 players and bench that will be suitable for Cardiff.”

“Most of the lads just let their football do the talking in the second half.” “I just had to win my tackles and headers.”

“The manager knows what he’s going to get from me, and I think he just wanted to freshen it up.” “There was a reaction,” “The manager said a few things, and the response was good.”

“But it was a frustrating night overall as we didn’t play how we can.”  “Our offensive players worked hard, but we didn’t get what we wanted.”

“It’s a very difficult place to come, especially when Everton play like they did in the first half.” “They’re big and physical, and technically they’re good as well. “

“We struggled a little bit.”  “Credit to the lads, they came out and restored some pride.” “Gouff was a bit unlucky with his chip. We hit the post, and Loic had a good strike right at the death.”

It’s interesting to note that in the last one and a half games that Williamson has played for Newcastle, we  have kept a clean sheet with Mike in the middle.

That’s what we really need at Cardiff City, after leaking six poor goals in our last two league games, and it’s looking like defending could again be our weakness once again this season.

It’s a pity we didn’t go after Ajax center-half Toby Alderweireld in the summer, who was available for £5M, and is now at Atletico Madrid.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • Slank

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1


    Scottishmag1 @ 13

    My formation would be 4-2-3-1.

    I would keep Krul. As good as Elliot is Krul is our number one.

    I would keep your defence of (Debuchy – Williamson – Colo – Dummett). I much prefer Dummett to Santon as I believe we need a left footed player at left back. Since the departure of Enrique the crosses from the left have virtually dried up.

    The midfield must include Tiote and Cabaye plus one other whether that is Anita or Sissoko. Anita has some really nice touches and can see a pass and gets stuck in even though he is a midget whereas Sissoko, much like Shola, doesn’t use his physical presence nearly enough.

    The forward line must include Remy. As much as I like Goofy I would go with Ben Arfa on the right and Sammy on the left. Ben Arfa and Sammy will attack their fullbacks. If either these two are having an off day I would bring on Goofy.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Let your football do the talking against a team who were coasting at 3 nil up. Come on Mike…

    A Cabaye individual effort, where no teamwork was in sight and a hopeful punt into the box and some good individual control by Remy.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Lauren Robert 32 and Transfer Sage
    From previous thread…I think yall are both correct.
    We have no movement with runners. Thus we need full backs even more.
    Lets say gouffran has the ball on the right wing. With no movement from any forward player, he needs to pass it to debs who slowly keeps coming forward until he is a right winger and gouffran is near the corner flag.
    We finally make a cross, loose the ball and we are screwed.

    Im not a football manager, so just giving my thoughts.

  • Rake

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Gouffran has done nothing wrong and will keep his place. I would pick the same defensive line as you and say to Mbwia you’ve got to prove yourself to get your place back same to santon. I would like to see Pardew put Mbwia back in and say to him it was a one off the other night but that stops from now on go out there and show everyone how good you are. Can’t see it happening but would be an intresting managerial move.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Willo came on when Everton took their foot right off the pedal. Everton still had chances, but they weren’t pushing on as much and weren’t anywhere near the attacking force of the first half. Yes, Willo did okay, but I reckon MYM would have looked better in the second half as well.

    Last season Lukaku tore apart a centre back pairing of Willo and Colo at SJP just as easily as he did with MYM. The difference then was Krul was in top form.

    I’d stick with MYM and Colo for Cardiff, but only because we have no real competition as Willo has proven he is no more then back up at this level. Santon, HBA and Tiote would miss out, Sammi, Dummet and Cabaye coming in.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Willo goes for the first ball and tries to win headers. Both mbiwa and collo dont.
    Lukaku spread the ball well after getting it down unchallenged catching out our game reading defenders. That too far away from the box at times.

  • stan anderson

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Pdrdew s a mouthpiece,nothing more than that.
    He stands infront of the press and tv people and spouts off any crap to try to kid us all.
    No input in the signing of players,no say on the running of the club just a wll paid frontman to take the shit that flies when things go wrong.
    My we are sinking fast.

  • stan anderson

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry that should say Pardew,but you know who i mean.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Whoa ho
    Proper talk on football on hear this morning instead of all the Ashley/Pardew crap.
    Goufron – got to play him and Remy as he/they gives us movement up front and also track back unlike the static Ameobi and Cisse.

    I would play Iron Mike as he will give us height strength in the air against a physical Cardiff attack.

    Ben Arfa – would use him as a sub.

    Krul – don’t know. I think he has lost his bottle after his shoulder injury against the Mackems. He is a great shot stopper but his weakness is command of his six yard box.

  • Goodfella

    Oct 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10


    Haha Mark Halsey has got a cheek after the FA defended his ridiculous decision at Wigan when poor haidara nearly had his leg snapped above his knee. The Idiot is trying to sell his book (who the hell would want to read that shite apart from Fergie)


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