Alan Pardew has hailed defender Mike Williamson as having had one of his best games against West Brom yesterday afternoon, despite confusion between him and goal keeper Tim Krul, leading to West Brom's goal. He told The Gazette;
"We’re really going to have to lean on the big fella (Mike) Williamson, who had one of his best games.
There aren’t too many options. If we can get Coloccini back, it’ll really boost us as well.”
Williamson has also given his opinion following the game;
"We've had a few results go our way, but there's still a long way to go. We're an honest group taking each game as it comes and keeping up momentum."
Talking about the Liverpool game he added;
"It's a very important game at home, so hopefully we can turn up and do well. They'll be looking for a reaction, they've had a few sloppy results, but are a fantastic team and have quality throughout."
Exactly, TTID. AP is a shameless rhetorician. Here, though, it's well applied.
Williamson had a decent game on balance but definitely looked out of sorts at the beginning of the second half. He was targeted by Long for the mismatch in pace and was nearly beaten a couple times. But he's our senior defender right now and he needs confidence.
it is good man management from AP, williamson has been poor recently and was again a startled rabbit when it came to a ball that he couldn't just hoof as far up the pitch as he could, he did the exact same thing against norwich but we weren't punished for it that time!
He's trying to give williamson a boost to help him through a tough period where he's going to have to be at his best!
the fact that krul didn't shout means it was Williamsons fault, in that position if your not getting the shout from your keeper that he is coming to get it you clear it anyway you can, that ball should have been kicked as hard as he could into the stands not headed across the box!
davenufc this may have been mentioned elsewhere but I was at the game what about Ben Afra?
I though in the first half anyway he was magical. One of the best performances I have ever seen, not just by a toon player, by anyone.
If we are singling anyone out it has to be this lad.
It's not a matter of singling out Williamson, so much as responding to AP's comment. Williamson made a HUGE blunder, but AP came to his defense, as any good manager would.
As for HBA, not only was he great attacking wise, his defensive effort was by far the best I've seen him put in. Although Ridgewell cut inside a couple times and made him look foolish, the fact that HBA was even in a defensive position to begin with was a huge spot for him.
Good point. I have to say, I don't follow these things closely but I'd say HBA has some praise coming from AP considering the latter's willingness to criticize him publicly. You know what Sun Tzu says about rewards and punishments...
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