Once Alan Pardew brought back Fab Coloccini last Saturday for the Norwich game, and broke up the blossoming partnership between Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the back, we knew that in the next game, one of those two would not be in the starting line-up against West Brom, and we think on Saturday Mapou could be that unlucky player left out, and he hardly deserves to be dropped.
Mike Williamson guarding Oscar during Chelsea win
Mike Williamson continues to be the surprise package this season for Newcastle, and ever since he came back into the first team against Everton in that second half, he’s been an ever present for the Magpies, and has played extremely well.
And Mike has great concentration during games, and we’ve always though he epitomizes the Geordie spirit, even though Mike was born in Stoke and raised in Devon – far away form the Geordie Nation.
And the 30 year-old has talked to the local press today:
“It is tough when you are not playing because as a professional that is all you want to do.” “So it was a matter of biding my time and remaining positive.”
“The manager made it clear on the first day of pre-season there would be competition for places, and anybody who wanted to leave had the opportunity.”
“I always felt if I worked hard then I would be ready when I had my opportunity and I always believed that opportunity would arise.”
“It came in difficult circumstances at Everton, but we have done well collectively ever since.” “Every time I have the opportunity to play, I pride myself on clean sheets and defending first.”
“It is no-nonsense stuff from me.” “I will always give 100% and do everything I can to stop the opposition and then give the ball to the creative players and let them do their jobs.
“It is a statistic I am very proud of and one I hope the manager is aware of.”
That statistic Mike talks about is that he’s been in the Newcastle defense 23 times of the last 34 clean sheets kept by Newcastle since we got back into the Premier League just over three years go.
We were not aware of that stat – and it comes from Lee Ryder in the Chronicle today.
Now the question is can Mike make that 24 times on Saturday?
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