Newcastle are surprisingly just one point off our pace of two years ago, and if we have a good run-in to the end of the season, there’s a chance we could finish higher than 8th place and a smaller chance we could qualify for the Europa League.
Mike Williamson – it takes hard work, persistence and belief
One of our best players this season has been big Mike Williamson, and there’s absolutely no doubt this lad is completely committed to Newcastle, and the Stoke-born player.
And there’s still plenty to play for the season, and Mike had this to say today in the local press:
“Everyone has got something to play for. If we can get a couple of good results there are targets.” “Looking up in the top half and the Europa League, that’s what we’ve got to push for.”
“We need to make sure we get the consistency we’ve had in the season.” “Off the pitch there might be things going on but that doesn’t affect us. We know our jobs and what we get paid for.”
“We know where we want to get to. That focus will keep us going.” “It’s just hard work, persistence and belief.” “There’s no secret. Every player gets frustrated when they are not playing because that’s what you are here to do.
“That’s where your passion belongs.” “Everyone has aspirations to play no different to myself.” “It was about keeping that belief and knowing when I got my chance it would happen.”
“You’ve got to be fit and strong enough to take that.” “Thankfully that’s what happened. Hopefully I can keep up that run.”
Mike Williamson forced himself into the starting eleven for Newcastle earlier this season at Everton, and he played well with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa last Saturday at Hull – but captain Fabricio Coloccini should be back for our next game at Fulham a week on Saturday against the bottom of the league side.
But that game will still be tough – but a third win in a row would be terrific.
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