Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor combined for a classic piece of comedy defending at Sheffield United yesterday.

However, neither Steve McClaren or Tim Krul were laughing.

The Newcastle Head Coach will now appreciate the problems he has to solve after five pre season friendlies, nowhere more so that at centre-back.

Whilst he will hope Chancel Mbemba’s visa will be sorted this week and Fabricio Coloccini will sort himself out, you have to accept that at least in the short-term we will all have to ‘rely’ on the Williamson and Taylor partnership.

Have a look at the footage below and it is hard to work out just who is most in the wrong, Williamson getting caught out of position so far up the pitch, or Taylor’s shocking attempt to play offside.

Maybe the part that best sums it up is when the pair collide, just before the unattended player puts the ball in the back of the net.

Watch the double act below via @NUFC_Vine.