Mike Williamson had a decent enough game last night, and it was certainly better than the way he played in that 4-0 drubbing at Southampton, but most of our players have played much better in the last three games, including the 3-2 win after extra time last Wednesday night in London.
Mike Williamson and Peter Crouch last night
After the game last night Mike came out and talked to the press, and this is what he had to say:
“We are all frustrated as a group, but what he has done has shown composure and that is what you need in a situation like this.”
“He has obviously come in for criticism but he has thick skin. It’s ourselves that will get us out of this position. He goes through every detail to try to rectify this.”
“It’s just the nature of the league, but we are showing that we are fighting and pushing on to try to get that win. We just haven’t been able to get that.”
“We have shown on the pitch that we are 100% behind him and we are doing everything we can. We feel we have come very close and there has been small margins in a lot of the games.”
“We did everything we can and it’s the nature of the league that it is unforgiving.
“This is a huge club and the position in the league is difficult to swallow for the fans, but the lads are equally frustrated. We will turn up for training and we will work hard to put it right.
“Swansea are up next, there’s never an easy game in this league and Swansea are no different. We knew the start to the season would be difficult and we have to go down there and put a few wrongs right.”
We were decent enough at the back and in central midfield last night – with Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote playing well – but it was when we went forward that we got bogged down, and the big worry was we created very few chances.
The best we can hope for is that Papiss Cisse could start the game in south Wales, or else have Manu Riviere and Papiss Cisse share the duties up front during the game, but at some point it would be good if they were played together.
We’d also like to see Obertan and Perez start this game, maybe at the expense of Gouffran and Cabella, and that Adam Armstrong gets some playing time too, which he didn’t last night.
The expectations of our fans will not be high on Saturday, so Alan Pardew and the players have nothing to lose.
Go for it!!
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