Step forward the only Newcastle player who can hold his head up high after the latest derby embarrassment on Sunday…Mike Williamson.
The centre-back is hopeless as a football player, well as a Premier League one anyway.
That’s not his fault though, it isn’t his fault that he is still at a Premier League club after over five years of proving he isn’t good enough.
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Playing in the Championship, or maybe even lower, could and should be Mike Williamson’s ideal role.
Instead, season after season he gets thrown in at the deep end once again, normally after having been frozen out of the team. Comes in and usually manages a couple of non-disastrous matches before then falling to pieces as his limitations comes crashing down when playing any run of games.
Apologies to Mike and his family but that is football reality and I am getting to the positive bit…
Williamson was pretty much as bad as the other players against Sunderland but on the final whistle he proved a big exception to the rest.
Various players refused to speak to journalists and Mike Williamson was the only one who stopped and gave an interview (ED: Though Tim Krul did do a one on TV).
A number of reporters making special mention of Captain Moussa Sissoko being one of those who refused to speak, maybe he was given pre-match tips by usual Captain Fabricio Coloccini….
However, Sissoko did apologise by sending out a message on Twitter later. Oh , that’s alright then, a bit easier doing that shambolic act instead of facing the music and explaining why all the pre-match hot air came to nothing.
Below is part of what Mike Williamson had to say but to be honest you could have wrote it yourself as you know what he is going to say.
The point is though that he was willing to stand up and speak to the media and say it hadn’t been good enough and accept RESPONSIBILITY.
Nobody can now make anything right in terms of the derby result but the players can stand up and face the music. It isn’t nice but it is a major reason why they get paid a fortune, to represent the club and be accountable to the supporters.
Williamson says that there isn’t one player who doesn’t care, or who isn’t bothered, maybe the truth just is that unlike the limited (playing ability-wise) Williamson they just aren’t bothered/care enough.
“I can tell you that there is not one player in there that doesn’t care – it hurts everybody.
“We have to go out there and face it – we are all professionals and we play the sport because of passion and progression and wanting to be successful.”
Not one player is not bothered…;
“Not one player goes out there and is not bothered about the result or their performance, for me it hurts me very deeply…people are entitled to their opinion but it is not the case.
“We have to come together and stay together, we have to make sure everyone is working in the right direction and we all buy into it.”
Bring on Liverpool:
“It’s about character and making sure we get back to basics, the players feel it just as much (as the fans) and it is a horrible, horrible game to lose.”
“Next Monday (Liverpool away) can’t come quick enough, if we can put on a performance it can lift the confidence.”
Next Monday at Liverpool can’t come quick enough – help!
I don’t know about you but I’m absolutely dreading it…