This Player Now Surprisingly One Of Newcastle’s Best


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.

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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. 🙁

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141 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    May 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    A great piece from John Gibson telling it exactly how it is .
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/sport-opinion/john-gibson-ugly-nasty-noisy-7073688

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  • roblee7

    May 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed….Amongst all this doom and gloom, how about stickin an article up on Gateshead’s success yesterday? i know its not NUFC but most gateshead fans are NUFC fans and its a bit of good news for the North East in general.

    HEED ARMY!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #3

    So basically if we can keep Colo and Willo as our starting CB’s we’re all good?

    Lovely stuff. Panic over.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Stuart…He forgot the bit about them all being sh*t from top to bottom, but close enough 🙂

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    When a team loses 6 games in a row there is no the best,one of the best etc.Whole team is bad.Something like Mourinho’s answer after Newcastle game:I should pick the other 11.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Honestly,from the past Coloccini is better with Steven Taylor than with Williamson.Williamson was better with Mapou Yanga Mbiwa but Parde for unknown reasons didn’t give a chance of this two together once again.

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  • ochytoon

    May 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    “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.”

    Is that why they’ve finished bottom of the table, conceded 15 more goals than us, and scored 11 less goals than us (a team who’ve been abysmal since January) Mike?

    “If you look at the season we finished fifth, the last 25 games we (Mike and Coloccini) played week in, week out together.”

    The season we finished fifth? That was two seasons ago…. Riding on past success much?

    “We’ve got a good understanding.”

    19 goals conceded in something like 6 games, Great understanding Mike. Nothing like the 5 clean sheets kept with M’biwa right…

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 3m
    Shola Ameobi could extend his Newcastle United career if Alan Pardew gets his way http://bit.ly/1id4a1z #NUFC

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    HD…At last, some good news! I really wouldn’t put this past the club, if he was “good enough” for this season, why not next? Ughh.

    Ochy…It is maddening that Pardew didn’t revisit the Willo / MBiwa partnership at some stage. It was working well and whilst I understand he wanted Colo back in the team, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

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  • asenski

    May 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    here we go !!
    don’t have any hesitations that if pardew stays players like shola and s taylor would be given new contracts

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  • cyprus

    May 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    IF we keep our best defender (Debuchy) and Colo, with Haidara on the left, all we need is one big and fast CB, unless Mbiwa can step up, although he looks dazed these days (Pardewed?)

    I know we’ve considered hundreds of goals but I see our biggest problem in MF and going forward. We have an amazing D MF in Tiote, we are missing an attacking MF like Ramsey. Surely there’s one around?

    From there, we need one top winger and two CFs (unless Cisse is reborn). One established, the other a good prospect.

    So that’s a total of 5 players, IF king HBA stays, together with Sissoko, Tiote, Deby.

    A good coach (Laudrup) could do things with such a set up.

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  • Graeme

    May 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    It was mooted last week that Shola could become a Player / Coach next year!! No idea what the youth have done to deserve that though.

    M’biwa & Williamson were excellent together while the hairy one was off seeing his Mrs in Argentina. There was no playing reason for change, but P45DUE changed for the sake of it. Result – we started leaking goals faster than the Titanic.

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  • cyprus

    May 5, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Forgot Santon. Great player, try him on the wing?

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  • ochytoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza
    I really don’t understand the bloke sometimes. He has players like M’biwa and Haidira at his disposal but continues to stick with the likes of Dummet and Coloccini, despite our awful defensive record with them in the team.

    Williamson is not one of our best players. He is incredibly average. His lack of pace and poor positioning has cost us a good few times this season. That’s not to say I think Colo is much better and in fact he has been at fault for A LOT of goals this season. The fact he’s our captain disgusts me quite frankly.

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  • cyprus

    May 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    considered=Conceded

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  • asenski

    May 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    haidara was superb on saturday
    hope pardew could see it

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17

    asenki,
    If Shola and Gosling are given new contracts I think it’s more to do with the transfer budget that Carr/Pardew/ Whoever will be given rather than a desire to keep them here, Pardew has been bigging up Shola because he’s been told only one striker is coming in and as we all predicted Shola will still be here next season warming the bench behind Cisse and Gomis more than likely.

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  • Graeme

    May 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Ochy – we did seem to play so much better when Tiote wore the armband, for sure. He grew into the role and loved it. Maybe he should become Captain in the new season!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Cyprus…Colo is on his way out. Whether that be that he wants to go or the fact he is reaching the end of his shelf life. We are at a time where re-building is needed, I’d say now is the time to replace him. But that’s just my view.

    Ochy…I genuinely think Pardew has played Dummet so much as he’s a local and he thinks that’s what we want to see. He also has been quoted in the past about liking to have English players in an English league, so I’m sure this plays a part. Still, I know that isn’t the point, the best players should play.

    Williamson is by no means the best player, but I would say he has probably performed the best throughout the season – which really is saying something.

    At the time of Colo being made captain, I was fairly underwhelmed, but tbh, I couldn’t see too many other candidates around. Tiote seemed to cope well with the responsibility in Colos absence though.

    For me, we need genuine leaders in this team. I don’t care one bit where they’re from, but someone on that field needs to know how to rally the troops. Problem is, i can’t imagine such a character being willing to play the clubs politics, which seems to be the main attribute we look at when hiring anyone these days. What was that about the future looking gloomy?

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  • ochytoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Graeme
    It’s because Tiote doesn’t decide he wants to leave every five minutes. How disheartening must it be for the squad to have a player leading them who doesn’t want to be here.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail…I agree. If Shola stays I wont be blaming Pardew, I can see why he’s reluctant to lose numbers, he can’t honestly believe what he’s telling us about this summers recruitment. Even if he does, he must realise we need more than 3-4 players.

    Still, no doubt they’ll get a few in, things will look a little bit better and everyone will jump on for another ride whilst Ashley waits for the new crops value to rise.

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  • asenski

    May 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #22

    jfa
    agree but let me add one more reason – isn’t it also because pardew believes that shola is still good enough for the Premier League . And I can imagine what a campaign gonna be with cisse gomis and shola as strikers

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    There was a story on the P&O footy channel this morning about Arsenal being interested in Bony and have been quoted 20M, if Mashers wasn’t so tight he could have had a strike force of 30 goals for 22M now worth 40M, we’d have sold them both anyway and Shola would still be getting his new contract.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail..Sorry, you lost me at “if Mashers wasn’t so tight”.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Ibiza & asenki,
    I can’t honestly answer if Pardew still thinks he’s good enough but if he does I think he’s the only person in football who does.

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    May 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #26

    congratulations to gateshead for getting to wembley. watched my first match there in 1953 and was a ballboy there when they were in the league . forget about fc from previous thread get in gomis . watched him score another good goal v marseille last night he is made for newcastle. will miss the game with lpool as i am off to zimbabwe for my shona daughter in laws funeral .with all the weeping and wailing dont know wich is the worst seeing us get stuffed or the funeral.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza,
    Mean, skinflinted, stingy, miserly, ungenerous, penny pinching and Scrooge like.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail..Oh right, now I get who you’re talking about!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza,
    I think we mean the same guy.
    On Gomis,
    That ship has probably sailed, whatever underhanded agreement we had with him to short change his club can work both ways, like Remy he can now go where he wants, another example on Mashers gambling with the clubs success, we could have had Remy in thd bag if it wasn’t for this attitude toward transfers, the policy that the now departed bills son claimed was flawless.

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  • asenski

    May 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #30

    on gomis just want to wsay that
    watched last night vs marseille and he was not better than shola vs cardiff

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  • JackButler

    May 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Willo is an honest pro, he’s never gonna be world class but this season he’s done very, very well and he deserves all the credit he gets…………………one of the only plus points to our season

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Does anyone know how that PEA guy we prtended to bid for is getting on at wherever he went.

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  • JackButler

    May 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew planning to make an offer to Shola………….hahahahaha the happiness never ends with this club

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9298513/transfer-news-newcastle-striker-shola-ameobi-open-to-staying-on-tyneside?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #34

    JB,
    Did you notice with Willo how much better he got when there was competition for his place, something they might want to try in every position.

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  • asenski

    May 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #35

    JFA
    PEA is far behind from what was paid for
    he is struggling to make the first team at BVB

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  • asenski

    May 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #36

    JB
    love that sort of news at NUFC
    it seems like big one shola is making us a favour by signing the contract
    it is ridiculous how that man is League 1 class but leading the attack of top 10 team in PL ??

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  • JackButler

    May 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    He’s like every other player at every other club, in order for then to perform at their best there can be no comfort zone,. they need to know that if they don’t perform they are gonna be replaced by someone who will perform………………..thats how it works unless you play for Pardew, then as long as you on his friends list you get to play irrespective of your performances

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  • JackButler

    May 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #38

    asenski

    no doubt come the end of the window Pardew will be crowing that Shola is like a new signing for us

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  • ochytoon

    May 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #39

    asenki
    To be fair, he has Lewandowski ahead of him. And 13 goals in your first season isn’t bad by any means.

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  • dantoon85

    May 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Shola gets a new contract and we sign Darren bent. Don’t be so surprised when it happens 🙂

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