Big Mike Williamson has been interviewed before the game at Crystal Palace this afternoon, and said it was good on Saturday that the fans showed their true colors and got behind the side, even though we had gone 2-0 down to Hull City after 70 minutes.
Mike Williamson in action last Saturday
In the first 70 minutes Newcastle had a lot more of the player and a lot more shots than Hull but two goals out of the blue had put Hull ahead in the games and things didn’t looks good but then Papiss Cisse came on and scored two late goals, and we at least picked up a point”
This is what Mike has said about the game against Hull:
“It was a tough afternoon, to go two-nil down when there was a lot of expectation was tough, but we showed our character, resilience and what it meant to the lads to come back.”
“I think people will make their own minds up about this squad but I think we showed the togetherness which exists within the squad, to get a result.”
“We wanted to be positive against Hull and I think we were. We had 21 shots and they had four on target, so it was frustrating but we were unlucky not to get three points.”
“The majority of the fans were fantastic on Saturday, there was a lot of speculation about certain things but the fans got behind us in those first 20 minutes and it helped a lot.”
“It’s hard to say things like that don’t affect you at all, it does bring a lot of pressure. The expectation of the atmosphere was worse than what it actually was, because I think a lot of fans showed their true colors and got behind us.”
“It was nice to see.” “The reflection on the season is that we had Manchester City first game and our display was good, but we lost. That performance was a positive. They had fantastic players.”
“At Villa we could have quite easily won, we had the chances and then with Palace we were 3-2 up so you’d expect to hold on. Then at Southampton it was a tough and unacceptable afternoon, we needed to put things right and I felt we did that against Hull.”
“I think our luck changes soon and we will get that win which we need.” “As a player you want to play the next day after a game and defeat like we had at Southampton.
“You want to put it behind you and bounce back and I think, after a tough week, we did do that against Hull on the back of a really tough week. We showed a lot of character.
“It was tough to come back from 2-0. Now we have Stoke to look forward to next Monday after the trip to Crystal Palace.” “There is never going to be any easy games in the Premier League, we just have to build on the positives we showed against Hull.
“We showed our character, togetherness and what it meant to the lads. Hopefully we can get a few wins under the belt.”
We expect Steven Taylor to be drafted in alongside Fab Coloccini tonight at Selhurst Park, so Mike could get a rest before the next league game at Stoke on Monday, but we really need to get through this tie in London tonight.
A win tonight will set us up nicely for the game at Stoke City, who are a team in form under Mark Hughes and beat Sunderland 2-1 last night at the Stadium of Light in the Capital One Cup.
It will be a tough couple of games coming up for Newcastle, but two wins would certainly lift the mood on Tyneside.
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