The groin injury to captain Fabricio Coloccini is a bit of a blow to the Newcastle side, and we have our worries that he may be out quite a few weeks, and we’ve really had no information of how bad the injury is, or how long Colo will be out for. On Physioroom.com Colo has no return date and is listed with a groin/pelvis injury.
Mike Williamson – we kept our shape
Mike Williamson’s came on for the second half against Everton, and has played very solidly for Newcastle since that time, and he’s helped steady the Magpie ship.
Williamson turns 30 in a couple of weeks time, and he thinks that Newcastle play a certain way, and then players who come in know what’s required and can fit into the scheme of things, and players aren’t missed too much.
And as Mike says, if we can stay tight and compact – it doesn’t matter who the personnel are – here’s what Mike said in the local papers today:
“The manager’s had to look at the strength in depth and bring players in,” “We’ve had a lot of different players coming in, but it’s all about continuing that philosophy we’ve got and staying tight and compact.” “If we can maintain that, it doesn’t matter who the personnel are.”
“We’ve taken a lot of positives. It was a great point in the end.” “Liverpool were full of confidence. We only have to look at the players they’ve got. The manager’s got them playing collectively, and it was a very difficult time to face them.”
“We stood up and limited their chances and created a few of our own.” “I think we’ve got some fantastic defensive players, and we showed our defensive qualities.” “The character in the group showed through, and it would have been easy to let our heads go down after the sending off.”
“But everyone dug in and stayed together. It was a great point.” “It was all about trying to organise and keep our shape and discipline, and making the right judgement calls.” “I thought all the lads, from the front to the back, were fantastic.”
In fact Newcastle have looked good since that second half at Everton, and now the challenge is to keep it up and keep picking up points, and maybe one of these days we can win a game by more than one goal in the Premier League, and certainly our goal difference can do with improving.
Maybe we can do that at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, although first things first, and all 3 points are what we want in the derby game, to make up for the disaster that happened in April at St. James’ Park.
My arm started to hurt just thinking about it.
What do you think?