Mike Williamson is the only recognized center-back at Newcastle able to play in the derby game a week on Sunday at the Stadium of Light, and hopefully he will again be partnered by Daryl Janmaat, who had an excellent first game at center-back for Newcastle against Arsenal last Saturday in the 2-1 defeat.
Mike Williamson – hard training sessions
Newcastle have of course famously lost our last four games against Sunderland for the first time ever, so it’s obvious we have to do everything to end that hopeless run.
It seems John Carver is getting the lads super-fit for the game – just as long as we don’t pick up even more injuries in training – we only have 15 fit and available players including two goalkeepers.
This is what Mike has said today:
“We’ve got an opportunity to get some good training,” “The manager’s got us in, and there’s a lot of hard work before the next match.”
“We’ve got quite a rigorous schedule. We’ll make sure we’re ready.” “I think you can rip the form book up when it comes to that game.”
“It’s a great spectacle. I thoroughly enjoy playing in them – the atmosphere, the pressure and the intensity of it is brilliant. I’ve played in quite a few and I don’t need to get myself up for it – I know what it’s all about.”
So we can rip the form book up – well both teams are on bad runs – Newcastle have lost four of their last five games – and Sunderland haven’t won for 7 league games and have only 3 draws in that run.
Mike Williamson was speaking today at the launch of Newcastle International Airport’s “Give As You Earn” initiative, and it allows staff to donate directly to the charity partnership between the Newcastle United Foundation and Sunderland’s Foundation of Light.
It’s great the two rival clubs are able to come together on behalf of charity.
But there will be no charity when the game kicks off a week on Sunday.
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