Loic Remy was obviously the star man yesterday for Newcastle, after getting the sensational winner late into stoppage time, but another player had a sterling game for us, and it was once again Mike Williamson, who has had a great season at Newcastle.
Mike Williamson – like a rock for Newcastle yesterday
The 1-0 win got us a point above Southampton in the league and into 8th position, and we gained 3 points on both Everton and Tottenham above us, as both lost their weekend games 1-0, Everton at Chelsea, and Tottenham at Norwich.
This is what Williamson told the Shields Gazette today:
“The last thing the lads want is for the season to peter out,” “We want to keep pushing, and to prove we can look up the league rather than down the league.”
“I thought the character shone through more than anything.” “I don’t think there was a great deal of quality on the pitch, but that’s what happens when a team lacks confidence.”
“But what you’ve got to do is roll your sleeves up and do the basics, and work as hard as you can, and I thought that was what the team did. and as long as we could keep the back door shut we could always come up with something like that.”
” Loic did, and the lads are buzzing.” “The result was as important as the performance.” “The gaffer said in the changing room before the game that we owed ourselves and the fans a result.”
“We had to show we had character and heart, and I thought that was written all over our performance.”
Mike was the fourth choice center-back at the start of the season, but he has been in the first team since he came on as a sub in the second half at Everton, when we were 3-0 down and we almost got something out of the game with two second half goals.
And Colo had a solid game in his first game back after his knee injury, and Mike And Colo have always had a good understanding at the back, when they play together for Newcastle.
And Alan Pardew was full of praise for Williamson after the game, as he had this to say to the Shields Gazette:
“Williamson, I thought, was fantastic against Christian Benteke in the air, who is probably the best aerial attacking player.” “I thought he was outstanding. We really needed a clean sheet.”
Mike epitomized the fight of the Newcastle players yesterday, and while the play wasn’t all that good, the lads gave it all they had, and we got what was a very vital win for the Newcastle club.
And Mike is only just behind Loic Remy in the voting for Man of the Match – so here’s you chance to vote, if you haven’t already done so.
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