Mike Williamson is a good lad, and he’s been under-estimated as a player by most fans in his time at Newcastle, since he joined us for £1M from Portsmouth just over four years ago – and Mike is also down to earth and tells things as they are.
Mike Williamson – no excuses
And that’s exactly what the 6’4″ defender has done today, as he has been interviewed, and he says there are just no excuses for the display on Wednesday night when we were ripped apart 4-0 by Tottenham and there seemed no fight or spirit in the side at all – and that’s never good.
This is what big Mike said:
“We’ve let the manager down, we’ve let the club down, we’ve let the fans down and we’ve let ourselves down,”
“Sometimes, the fans can be a little bit unfair but you can’t say that over the past few games. They are justified. We completely understand their anger and upset. Believe me, the players in there are feeling exactly the same.
“Every now and again when it is necessary, the manager tears into us and there needed to be some harsh words said because he felt it wasn’t good enough from the players out there on the pitch.”
“It might have come across to the fans that there was no heart and that’s a disappointing thing but what we have had at this club in years gone by, is a reaction and so when things like this do happen, the lads pull together.”
“We have players missing. A lot of quality missing. But the fact is that we need the fight, the spirit and the quality.” “For the next week and a half, we’re going to have to work on that and make sure that we do get a good reaction from this difficult period because the lads really are hurting.”
“We have let the manager down. We have let the fans down and we have let ourselves down so it is all about getting back to the basics now.”
It would have been interesting to hear what Alan Pardew said in the dressing room, but some of our better players like Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse, Ben Arfa and others have all under-performed in the last month or so.
And it doesn’t give us a good feeling about our strength in depth either – because when the big players like Colo, Tiote and Remy are missing we are simply not the same side – and that’s got to be worrying.
But the only thing Alan Pardew and the players have to do is to get back on track – get back to basics – and fans need to see a fully committed performance from all Newcastle players against Aston Villa a week on Sunday.
That’s simply the minimum requirement.
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