Mike Williamson is one the very few players at Newcastle this season, who has over-performed, and we have to remember he started the season as the fourth choice center-back and he wasn’t even on the bench in our first game at Manchester City.
Mike Williamson – in action against Cardiff City
And Mike had another strong game at center-back for Newcastle on Saturday in the 3-0 win over Cardiff, which was a fantastic result or the performance was not fantastic – but anyway we got 3 points – and a win is a win – and how we needed that.
Mike is one of those players who is not the most gifted footballer, but he works on what he is good at, and doesn’t try to do the things he’s not good at – so he plays within his limitations – and by doing that he has become an extremely reliable and solid player for Newcastle, and the Stoke-born 30 year-old always gives 100% for the Magpies.
Through hard work and determination he’s made himself into a good player, and he was a fantastic buy for just £1M from Portsmouth four years last January.
Goals from Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor got us our first win in seven, after losing the last six games, and it looks like we may even finish in 9th place, which considering our terrible results and poor form this year would not be too bad a finish and the second best under Mike Ashley in the seven years he has owned the club.
This is what Mike said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I think relief is the right word,” “The lads have just been working phenomenally hard all week and we just wanted to show our togetherness, our heart and our fight.¨
“Our application has been there, but we’ve been on the end of some bad results. However, I feel like we showed – maybe not in terms of quality but in terms of resilience and passion – we wanted to win and hopefully get something out of the game next week too.¨
“Cardiff have got some fantastic players. They’ve got a solid base, a good back four, midfielders who can hurt you and strikers and we had to be wary of that, but I felt we did that well. We limited their chances, we rode our luck but we felt like we deserved the three points in the end.”
“Goals have been hard to come by, and clean sheets as well.” “As defenders, we pride ourselves on clean sheets and that’s what we’re taking out of this game. We know we had players to score goals, and it came together.”
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.” “I think that was my 31st start, and it’s been incredible. I saw in the program that I won a Player of the Season award which is just fantastic and for me, however small or big it is, I feel so honored to be recognized.¨
“It’s fantastic looking at some of the winners in previous years so it’s great and I’ve loved every second on the pitch.” “If you look at the season we finished fifth, the last 25 games we (Mike and Coloccini) played week in, week out together.¨
“We’ve got a good understanding and we just need continuity and I think, for me, it’s just a learning curve every game.¨ He’s fantastic to learn off, so it’s a good platform and hopefully we can build on that next season.”
We hope Colo is at the club next season, but even if he is, its likely that Newcastle will bring in another center-back this summer.
Mike has now played 34 times for Newcastle this season, and 135 games in total, and he almost scored his first goal for the club against Cardiff, but his shot, which seemed to be going in (famous last words), was deflected for a corner, as Williamson put his head in his hands – it was going in I tell you!!
Even with the fan demonstrations on Saturday – it was still good to get a win and break that terrible losing streak, and we now have 49 points.
That’s the second best points total since 2006, when we ended up with 58 points and 7th place after Glenn Roeder took over from the sacked Graeme Souness in early February, and we won six of the last seven games and drew the other one to qualify for the Europa League.
And when Glenn took over on 2nd February, after we had lost 3-0 at Manchester City, we were 11 points out of 7th place.
Overall we have done OK this season, but it has all been shrouded in negativity, by our relegation form since Boxing Day.