Alan Pardew Praise For Newcastle Defender

It would be good to be privy to what has been going on in training this week at Darsley Park, and which defenders Newcastle manager will bring in for the important game at Cardiff City tomorrow, but it looks certain that Pardew will make at least two changes to the side, with Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson set to start tomorrow.

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Mike Williamson gets in a tackle against Barkely on Monday night

Both cam on at half time at Everton, and both had a major influence with Mike steadying the back four, and he made some good headed clearances – something we didn’t see much of in that first half.

And Yohan looked the top player he is, and he’s now back fully committed to Newcastle, and has quickly been recalled to the France squad by Didier Deschamps.

This is how Alan Pardew praised Mike Williamson in yesterday’s news conference:

“I can’t go into detail on what’s happening,” “But the most important thing is how you react to not playing.”

“Williamson is a good example of that. He’s conducted himself well on the training ground, and when the opportunity came against Leeds in the Capital One Cup last week, he did well.”

“Then when he had the chance on Monday night he took it. I have to repay that in my view.”

Mike is not a world-class center-back by any means, but he’s the type  of player who is proud to wear the Newcastle shirt, and this will not be the first time in his Newcastle career that he has come in and steadied the Newcastle ship, and we are hoping he can do that big time tomorrow afternoon in South Wales.

Mike could even be a surprise package this season for Newcastle – a club he does not want to leave any time soon.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    All fine and dandy playing him against big physical centre forwards like Matt Smith and Lukaku, but againts Bellamy and Campbell? Now that worries me a lot.

    Also, Gosling off to Blackpool for loan, hope he does really well there so we can use him as a incentive to help us get Ince in the future.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    deserves his place over mbiwa, a CB should be able to defend first and foremost…williamson had a bad run last year but was solid the year before.

  • Tinman

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Tanfer, you could well be proven wrong against Cardiff mate. Agree he deserves a chanc but its the wrong game to play him.

  • Tinman

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4


    Sh!tty keyboard

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    pards is picking players based on what he sees in training maybe there is a glimmer of hope after all he could be the new jose mourinho 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    As someone said if Willo is the answer what the hell was the question!!

  • roy

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    On the 5th of October 1946 the great Len Shackleton, made his debut for Newcastle United. In a 13-0 demolition of Newport County, Shackleton, scored six goals and later said that Newport, were lucky to get nil, we were that good!

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8


    possibly, but mbiwa was totally outclassed and made so many basic errors i dont want to see him in the team.

    I think we can still defend well against cardiff with willo in the side, pace troubles all our defenders anyway

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I said the same the other day, I think willo will struggle with pace, but I do think he’s a very capable defender. Comes in for unfair criticism at times.
    Couldn’t care less if willo is the answer or not if he is then good news, if not he will get slated so no difference. Just so long as we win.
    3 points tomorrow and realistically the only bad result thus far will have been the hull game. As surely we didn’t expect much from everton and city.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10


    who is a better CB than mbiwa? that could be the question

  • BandB

    Oct 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11


    That is a good spot. The club appears to have told the Telegraph today that such meetings are routine.
    The cups thing was also a puzzle. They didn’t rule out going for a cup. They just said it wasn’t a priority. Less of a priority than “taking a look.” at the likes of Obertan and Sammy, although I wonder what it is they don’t know about them by now. If we were to get to a quarter final, it would be interesting to see which would take priority. Given that cup wins mean Europe.

  • Sav

    Oct 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    MYM wasn’t dropped because he was out-muscled. His positioning and concentration were way off on the night, leaving Pards little option but to drop him. He needs to sort himself out to improve and make the team and the World Cup.

  • Phil K

    Oct 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Time the new arrivals need to show a desire and determination. Williamson has been responsible for letting goals in, but not the frequency we’re getting from the new arrivals. he deserves a chance, and it’s up to those dropped to actually show they CAN do it. Little evidence so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Willo has and always will be a good back-up, a squad player, nothing more. Though in dire times like these when our so called ‘stars’ aren’t performing, players like Willo can come in and show them how it’s done for a while.

    It’s a pity Willo can’t head any balls to goal, if he’d improve that he would be a huge threat in set-plays, he just tends to get his accuracy all wrong, poor lad.

  • K T Cat

    Oct 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #15

    The goals given up in the last two games have been shocking as both Mbiwa and Debuchy simply vanished at crucial times leaving shooters wide open for no apparent reason. They may be physically superior in speed or agility to someone like Willo, but at least he’s got the concentration to try to do his job. Both of those games could have been won (or at least a draw) had they just played basic defense.

    Heap all the scorn on me you want, but I’d also say the way goals are raining down on us, we really miss Jonas. At least he’d get in there and molest the shooters rather than wandering around the pitch, picking daisies or whatever it was the rest were doing.


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