Newcastle have put together a win of six games straight while having some injuries problems and the really encouraging news is that we have achieved the results with a lot of our younger players and fringe players.
Mike Williamson in action yesterday against QPR
And for example we have won those six in a row without Cheick Tiote, and Papiss Cisse hasn’t seen much playing time and we will not even mention that Davide Santon and Siem de Jong have been out with long term injuries.
Alan Pardew had said before the game that Mike Williamson has been a great servant of the club in the nearly five years he’s been on Tyneside since signing on for a mere £1M from Portsmouth in January, 2010.
It’s fair to say Mike has been a great buy for Newcastle United.
And we remember after he hadn’t played for months, he was the Man of the Match in his debut for the club in the 2-0 home win against Crystal Palace on January 27th, 2010.
And Mike plays well when his place is under pressure, and the Stoke-born 31 year-old had a strong game at the back with Paul Dummett yesterday.
This is what Mike said after the 1-0 win against QPR:
“That’s the strength in depth we have got at the minute.” “The gaffer is confident to put players in and step up to the standards set.”
“They are a good team.” “A great team, with great players but we kept our momentum.” “And kept our positivity and kept our spirit.
“We got three points and it was brilliant.”
It’s hard to argue with Mike that we do have strength in depth this season, and one of the biggest problem Alan Pardew will have as players like Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote and others return from injury – is what’s his best team?
That’s always a good problem to have.
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