We Have Had Two Fantastic Days Of Training

Mike Williamson is one of the few players who have had a good season at Newcastle, especially since he started the season as Newcastle’s fourth choice center-back in August.

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Mike Williamson in action at Manchester United

Mike has played a lot of games for Newcastle this season, and he will start tonight and this will be his 33rd appearance for the side this season, and that’s the most games he’s ever played at the club in one season, since signing from Portsmouth in January of 2010 for a measly £1M.

Mike is upbeat and says the squad has had two fantastic days of training:

“We look at the table and think if we hadn’t have gone through this form what could have been. That is the frustrating side of it.”

“The lads have got high expectations of themselves in the dressing room. We just need to get back to basics.”  “We have had two fantastic days of training and it has been positive and upbeat.”

“That’s what we are looking to take into tonight. For me this is a standout game that you relish playing in.”

We can only assume that two fantastic days of training means we scored from every corner kick and from every free kick we practiced over those couple of days. 😀

That’s what we need tonight – some good set plays – and we assume Paul Dummett will be left-back and will be taking most of the corner kicks and free-kicks.

Mike Williamson has played 133 times for Newcastle, but has still to score his first goal for the club.

Maybe he can get one tonight?

62 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    2fantastic days , ???????? That’s good news .! Should tear them apart tonight then !

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    So, tonight could well make it 6 losses in a row, but we are in a strong position!! Cardiff made the scum look like Barca yesterday – we have absolutely no excuses for not blitzing them at SJP.

    With Liverfool losing yesterday, the league could be decided on goal difference. If they need, say, seven goals to clinch the Title, would anyone back Pardew to have his defence coached to protect the keeper??

    6 losses in a row will almost certainly become 7 losses out of the last 8 and the goal difference could be off the scale – Pardew says he coaches the defence personally – what more needs to be said??

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Willos said to have had a good season individually but although hes played nearly every game and we’ve conceded a truckful of goals so even though hes not made glaring errors i think hes a class
    below premier league standard! His headed clearances always go to the opposition and hes got the pace and turning circle of the titanic! Makes alot of good last ditch tackles but a quicker centrehalf possible would be able to make those challenges alot sooner…
    Also offers zero threat from set peices which is awful for a 6’4 centre half…
    Not sure either him or Coloccini are good enough and it winds me up that MYM doesnt get a run at centreback! Ppl say hes been shakey but its when hes played out of position that he has a mare

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking at the abysmal records we’ve broken I think they should be realising how lucky we’ve been that we had a loan player scoring a lot of crucial goals to nick us points. Cabaye’s freekicks and long rangers have been a result of individual skill rather than Pardew bringing out superb team play.

    Pardew is full of himself.

    Other players, including Colo have criticised Pardew, so Hatem isn’t on his own. Someone needs to tell the deluded fool, because he is in love with his own ego.

    We still float a ball to Williamson. Says it all really. Clueless.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Also, funny how recently the players that have supported Pardew are Shola, Gosling, Elliott and now Willo… All players that shouldn’t be anywhere near newcastle contracts
    Its telling that none of our international players, the players we should be building around have had anything to say… Debuchy, MYM, Santon, Tiote, Sissoko , krul and coloccini (and ben arfa) have nothing to say in support of pardew? Theyre only talking of leaving and underacheiving ……

  • stuart no9

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Graeme – As for pards personally coaching the defence , I think that would be a little bit of information I would rather keep to myself if I were pards . I think that just shows that he can’t see any problems with the defence to own up to that . ??

  • firebug666

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    2 days training this week and they try to say they are NOT on their holidays yet!

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Stuart No9 – the other way to look at it is that Pardew coaches the defence personally, but we seem to have a problem scoring at the other end.

    I guess that makes it a nailed on 0-0 draw!!! lol

  • martoon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    I think some of you are being a little harsh on Pardew about HBA. Pardew has obviously tried to build a relationship with HBA which worked at first. HBA is obviously a very prickly character and his relationships always seem to end badly. Look at when he came here, he deserted his old club and set up in a hotel demanding a move and if I remember correctly wasn’t a French actress suing him for deformation or simething. We all know Pardew has his faults but HBA is no angel either.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    @graeme if pardew coaches the defence personally, what are the chances he only picks the players that don’t roll their eyes at his coaching?

  • stuart no9

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Jay— your right about willo .he couldn’t tackle a fish and chip supper , and as an arial threat ? He’s the only 6’4 defender that’s 6’2 when he goes for set pieces .

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Say we do have 50 to 60 mill to spend, which is the general consensus, and Ashley pitched in the same, which he clearly could. Wouldn’t we then have some side if it werewell spent. A side that might challenge the top four, and isn’t that simply putting your assets on the pitch. It’s hardly flushing it down the toilet. Really, why is Ashley so mean. It doesn’t really make much sense, to be just so plain obdurate and cheap. What’s the point, when you are so cashed up.

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    How is 2 days of training and aiming set pieces at Williamson going to change anything??

    The squad should be training at least 5 days out of 7 ….

    There’s seems to be problems with checking fitness levels in our club as well as 2 days of training will certainly ddo blob

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Personally I would take 1-3 players + whole coaching staff revamping from bottom to top, yes that includes the cockney twat Pardew getting sacked rather than bringing in 5 championship quality British flops and sticking with pardew..

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Jayphoto – if that were true – there wouldn’t be a defence.

    Checks GD stats –

    Oh, there isn’t – as you were then lol

  • firebug666

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    I think we will be lucky to spend the Cabaye money this summer. My gut feeling is 1 or 2 in, maybe another on loan, and the rest made up from players returning from loan deals.

    Ashley does not like to spend money, and Pardrew thinks we have a strong squad mainly needing a Cabaye replacement and a striker, and I guess that’s all we will get.

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimmysmith – are you suggesting that the club will spend £60 million?

    Have a look at the 7 previous years he has been at SJP – there is nothing to even remotely suggest he will spend the Profits, The TV Money, the Transfer surplus on players.

    To consider he would add another sum on top – outrageous thoughts lol.

    Dont forget, even “Free Transfers” seem to cost us £10 million each; then there is the plumbing problems, painting & decorating to be added into the equation.

    Its a wonderful thought, us spending some of the profit to improve and strengthen the squad – we will just have to wait until August and then judge what actually happened!!!

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #18

    It is always dangerous to generalise but here’s my take on a rather silly contention. Toon fans generally resent the sense of entitlement that the scousers and Man U fans display. It’s all very well for the armchair fan to espouse their wisdom along with the media football luvvies but for many Liverpool are an American Franchise which many fans despise and loathe.They are no longer a football club they are a business wanting to suck profits out of football back to the States( sound familiar) but honour and integrity you must be joking and let’s not forget they have absolutely no Class. You heard the churlish Rodgers comments post match after his team were given a sound lesson in planning and application. You can have a chat about football with the Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Spurs ( mentioned as so called big clubs) following without having to listen to the history of the club and the return to former glories. I still remember us winning 2-0 under Keegan and the treatment post match. Many reading this will appreciate totally what I am talking about.

    As for you’ll never walk alone- in past seasons the toon army have drowned it out. Let’s not forget that Liverpool have had a CL free season. The scallywags are not the
    best fans in football or the friendliest and welcoming to away fans as many of our longer supporting will testify. You have to get around the grounds to fully appreciate the relative merits- for me the Southampton fans in recent seasons have been the best for the craic. They do fear the what goes up most come down syndrome and the departure of not so much Shaw and Lallana as Pochettino.

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Before the usual suspects comment can I say that some of the content will be appearing in a well known football periodical- before I am accused of plagiarising.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Actually think Southampton will be Relegation candidates next season. Nailed on they’ll lose Lallana and Shaw, and Lambert will a year older. In Cortese they had someone with a vision for the football club, in Katharina Leibherr they have someone with No interest in building the Southampton brand, no knowledge of football and no interest in football. Its widely speculated that Leibherr will Asset strip this summer and then sell on hence the departure of Cortese. She was also said to be mortified about the amount paid out on Ramirez and Wanyama Its also highly possible that Pocchetino will go in the summer, he’s on a giant bonus for a top 8 finish and has enhanced his reputation nicely after it was tarnished in spain! Southampton face a seasons start of no lallana, no shaw, no pocchetino and very little incoming players. All speculation ofcourse but I think southampton fans have big cause to be wary about a come down

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    “Jay— your right about willo .he couldn’t tackle a fish and chip supper , and as an arial threat ? He’s the only 6’4 defender that’s 6’2 when he goes for set pieces .”

    6’2 wow you are being generous more like 5’10.

    Willo is a solid 4th choice cb that is all he should ever be at a prem club.

    Gosling, Cisse and shola are not even a 4th choice prem level they would be lucky to make it in a championship club.

    Also what clown wrote about vuckic coming back in to contention he cant even get a game for Rotherham

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    On a newcastle note, actually think the only way Pardew survives till next season is to play some of these younger players. (Apparantly in an interview he says we have 6-7 that will make a huge impact in 2 seasons time) (transfer window excuse at the ready)
    He should play some of them now, Armstrong especially could be given 3 games till the end of the season before a loan next year. Bigirimana , Good and Haidara should also get minutes it will only help with their development. Also think the couple of players that have really played well in the reserves league should be travelling with the first team squad and given 5-10 minutes at St James park vs cardiff to inspire them for next season. Those players would be possibly Aarons, and Kemen. Satka and Mbabu should also start to be intergrated into the 1st team squad.
    To be honest it really pisses me off seeing Abeid tear it up in Greece. He should have been recalled when we sold Cabaye and given those 4 months to prove he’s first team material !Also think Campbell would been a good recall as he would have been a much better replacement for when Remy was injured as we desperately lacked pace. I know campbell isn’t having a great season at St Mirren and I feel he may be better suited to the wing in a 4-3-3 but I fail to believe his pace wouldn’t have offered more than Shola or DeJong…. He definately would have shown more effort and workrate!
    With these changes implemented I think most proper fans would have allowed Pardew time in the view that he’s planning for the future and we’d expect a few defeats but could console ourselves in the knowledge that their was a longterm view… but playing Gosling and Shola…. thats not long term thinking, we have zilch to play for, why are we still trying to grind out stale 1-0 wins in the same tired fashion as we always do

  • Sav

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    S*****land – crap season, relegation contender, 3 good wins and ‘discovered’ a new striker. Result: Glass half full.
    Toon: Ok season after a bad start. Now fizzling out badly: No heroes left, Glass half empty.
    Our downturn coincided with the loss of Cabaye and having no-one capable of replacing him. That lack of investment in the squad is what has hurt us. No doubt about that. But now there’s this sense of better players leaving and doubt about whether the club will invest heavily enough. I do think its unfair to judge the manager on this season when no other side has had such a key player ripped out of it halfway through. Whether Pards is good enough hardly seems relevant if there is no shift in policy from the owner.

  • cyprus

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    So, HBA finished 🙁

    AP still thinks he’ll be working here in the Summer?! Has he not seen how we’ve gone backwards since he took over? No motivation, no cohesion, no inspiration, no tactics, alienated with his best players – excellent.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    @Nufc-83 – wasn’t me that mentioned bringing vucic back, think Rotherham was a pointless loan though! Seen Vuckic a few times for the reserves and once for Rotherham. He’s far far too good for that level and you can tell the players around him don’t share his superior vision or see the passes he makes. Hes not suited to that level at all and I think he’d probably perform higher in the premier league than league 2, hes the kind of player that needs better players around him. Saying that, hes got an air of Jon Dahl Tomasson about him, maybe suited to a slower paced league on the continent,…
    That said, everyone I know involved with the club say 2 things about him 1)he’s an arrogant p***k and his attitude doesn’t help him with the staff. and 2) His technical ability see’s him do outrageous things in training and he’s made many a keeper look stupid. Downside is hes too quick to rub it in their face after he creates these moments of magic. Wonder if its his attitude thats keeping him out of the rotherham side?

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #26

    fairplay to those who called for Poyet to manage us a year ago though! Wasn’t sold on him but if Sunderland stay up he deserves a medal! Worst squad in the league this year! By a lot! And by all accounts we’re taking them for one of only 2 players their fans rate in Colback! Playing good style too and have gone to Man City and Chelsea without fear. Kind of wish we had some of that determination and spirit at newcastle

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    I definitely think Ben Arfa is off unless Pardew is sacked.

    Predictions for today? I’ll start.

    6-0 to Arsenal

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Good news at Newcastle.

    Remy talks about being “excited” to play against OTHER teams that have something to play for at the end of the season – what a novelty to be involved in a match that is meaningful, even if it IS only meaningful for the other side.

    Things have gone from good to better, now the lads have had a nice kick-about over the past 2 days. Presumably things are hunky dory… perhaps in training a few of the crazy long range efforts that are now part of our game, actually went on target. (Watch out Arsenal, eh)

    The icing on the the cake is the prospect of Ben Arfa leaving. I didn’t think things could get much better after losing Ba then Cabaye, but what great news coming through that we can now make it the lethal trio shipped out. It makes for refreshing reading, what with the club treating Ben Arfa in disgusting fashion and anti-coaching/ruining him in the process… all the while circulating myths about his bad attitude etc, which has never actually been witnessed. We all know the rumours and statements that come out of the club are 100% truthful – so we will be much better off without Ben Arfa… hopefully Ameobi getting a contract extension in his place.

    If the Colback rumours are to be believed, things are certainly on the up. Colback, Anita and Ryan Taylor being utility players is certainly going to be exciting, we could have a guessing game every saturday, to see who gets to play where.

    The Colback/Anita/R.Taylor great guess the position game.

    “Where will they play this week,” will Colback play Left Back… will Ryan Taylor play right wing… will Anita being an attacking midfielder, “what will it be this week folks… nobody knows.”

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew is just jealous HBA can do things with a football Alan Pardew could only dream about when he was a player .

    Give Alan Mullins,Harewood & Gosling over Mascherano,Tevez & HBA any day of the week .

    Pardew is a born loser and a awful person as well .

  • 70TWO

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #30

    Ancientcoptic – U Rule!

  • Oldgit1

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    There is no incentive to purchase next seasons ticket. I for one have given up and am now considering cancelling sky sports. After nearly 50 years of undying luv for the club Ashley and Pardew have finally forced me away from the club.

    Nice one you twats.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #32

    @ancientcoptic a team of 10 utility players is the only way Graham Carr can ensure that Pardew stops playing people out of position.
    On that note, team for next season, in any position you fancy.
    Krul, – Ryan Taylor, John O’shea, James Perch, PAUL SCHARNER!. Santon, Jonas , Anita, Sissoko, Gosling, Gouffran,
    Only 2 players signed for minimal value.
    We’d be sorted. All percy would have to do is remember to name Krul in goal and the rest could just run around

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Was it Catchy in Norway who wanted Solsjaer as a manager ? Was he having a laugh ??? 🙂

  • Graeme

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Jayphoto – has Scharner managed to escape from that hotel in Jesmond? He must have been there 6 months, or even longer, by now!!

  • dcdick

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Od git 1 said
    “There is no incentive to purchase next seasons ticket. I for one have given up and am now considering cancelling sky sports. After nearly 50 years of undying luv for the club Ashley and Pardew have finally forced me away from the club.

    Nice one you twats.”

    +1 from me as well, I’ve seen a few highs & an awful lot of lows over the years but this season I really have had enough. It’s Pardews fault and, if he can’t/won’t stand up to Ashley what’s the point of being there.
    I’m that pissed off & confused about these last 3 seasons I don’t even know who’s fault it is anymore.

    Sad days at the Toon for sure

    & just in case anybody is not quite clear about this post

    “Pardew Out” !!!

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #36

    CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT: Ashley isn’t spending any of the TV money or profits in order to make Newcastle more sellable. By staying well in profit he’s allowing any potential new owner to invest heavily in the playing squad when they buy by saying “Look, the club has excess funds from the past X years therefore we’re now spending that” – this way MA gets his “interest-free” loan back + a tidy profit and the money invested is actually out of the pocket of the new owner in order to re-vamp the squad. Pie in the sky? Who the hell knows.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Well it didn’t take long but Pardew has angered me today already and we’ve not even kicked a ball. His quotes from the last thread had me bubbling up in rage. I’m getting increasingly sick of him palming off our form as the last 5 games, constantly! It’s been since Xmas you muppet. Who is he trying to kid? Himself most likely.
    The way he speaks as though 1 win and we’ll all be hunky dory. The bloke is a horrific joke.

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Ben Arfas going by far our most talented player Pardew is a clown

  • looizallan

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #39

    To the first comment, how on earth can you say you are considering cancelling sky sports and giving up on Newcastle. You may aswell give up as you obviously have no passion or commitment for the game, hate people like you who call themselves fans. I could never do that, twats

  • Ciaran

    Apr 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40


    Congrats. Big thumbs up to you. Your gullibility ahem I mean loyalty knows no bounds…


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