This Player Was Outstanding – Like A Rock For Newcastle

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.

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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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15 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1


    Falcons got beat but we played better than we have for a while. Was a canny game to watch.

  • John Tudor

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    why do think they are not performing and winning games

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Willo my Mom yesterday. Pivotal in nullifying villas attacking threat. Simple things done very well and all around the back and centre mid breaking things up. One particular stop he made I stood up and applauded.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4


    Just when we began turning the screw Villa went on a break with benteke and it was 3 against 2 of ours….willo cut out the ball (not the best pass but still important) and saved us from what would have been a clear cut chance for villa.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Willo my Mom? Sorry Mom. I meant MoM.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    It was the one where he simply took it off bentekes foot as he tried to sidestep him. Made him look a complete amateur 🙂 I think it was bentekes anyway.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    From NUFC.COM

    The win took us on to 40 points and back to eighth – cause merely for relief, not satisfaction or pleasure.

    Exactly my thoughts

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Transfer, Cisse should have been better, but he was wrecked well before that chance.

    If he had regular chances and wasn’t just rebuilding his confidence he’d have done better.

    We are bound to get a couple of chances. The Remy miss came from their defender gifting us the ball by being stupid in his box. Rather than incisive play.

    It just a sad way to scrap for chances.

    Remy celebrated right in our corner. He was going mental.

    I would be too if the team have the team fed me scraps.

    Like a hungry man eating a meal, he will devour his food.

    Markaccus, yes it was inside the box. Note, we scored from inside the box. Think about that for a second. The team with the most shots outside the box and one of the least inside the box (16th I think).

    But it was also down the fact that he manufactured that himself from a loose ball. It wasn’t laid on a plate through two or three great passes.

    Scraps, deflections, opposition errors, long shots, own goals freekicks, penalties and individual skill is how we make up the bulk of our goals.

    Teamwork goals are few and far in between. It is very frustrating a saddening to see.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9


    We were promoted last year, but we get no financial gain from it until start of next season. So we have had to get in bargain players and try to scrap for every point (sounds familiar 😀 ). If we stay up we have a good coach and should be able to build a good side.

  • daztoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Williamson came back in the side with a point to prove and playing for his toon future.The lad has been mr consistent for us and deserves all the credit he’s been getting.

    Yeah Remy got the goal but Willo’s vital interception woke the players and crowd up for the last ten minutes yesterday.

    Man of the match for me yesterday.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Romour central!!!!!

    Mike williamson is tsunkis mam!!!

  • Markaccus

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Rumour* ffs phone keypad.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Sad to see so much negativity knocking about despite the win. An underwhelming performance, of that there is no doubt, but given the run we had been on, and the lacking of confidence evident when we didn’t turn up against Spurs this was a good way to bounce back.

    Nerves were evident from the pitch to the stands, but both a clean sheet and a win are very welcome.

    I get people are disappointed by the overall performance, but a win is a win, and on the back of the run we have been on I’d take a scrappy, late one nil win any day of the week.

  • daztoon

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14


    Was working in Sheffield few years back and the falcons were playing Rotherham so went to the game Tuigamala was playing and Rob Andrew was the coach .

    The man was just a monster as wide as he was tall

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    What is pretty obvious to most who can see the bigger picture is that negativity and nervousness on the terraces quickly transfers itself to the players. It’s a 2 way street though. I thought we started ok yesterday (5-10 mins) and the crowd were in good voice but when the crowd nervously quieted down as Villa settled, the doubts also returned on the pitch – until Willos interception when the mood changed and we became a different team all over the park. Remy scored the goal but the crowd made the assist.


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