I have read this site pretty regularly over the recent years (ED: We’ve only been going five months though it does feel like years!) when I have been exiled and I have often held my tongue when people have said negative things about our players. Sometimes I disagree and occasionally I do.
Today I feel that all those that have had something negative to say need to bite their tongues.
Williamson and Perch were untouchable today. They handled Suarez, Bellamy and Carroll far better than they had any right to do. In addition, Guthrie managed to boss the midfield alongside Cheik and Cabaye in a fantastic display by our players. Admittedly Perch took a bit of a tumble when confronted by Reina but it was nothing when compared to the Donkey-Dive. Williamson handled the strikers with aplomb and received a well earned Man of the Match award.
These displays show just how much we should be supporting our squad players and just how much we have to thank Alan Pardew for. The likes of Williamson, Perch and Guthrie will never be fan favourites, but cometh the hour cometh the man, and today they all performed admirably.
Every player who dons the stripes should have our support and while they are competing in our colours should be supported 100%.
If you don’t like or rate a player then that is your prerogative, but at the end of the day if they play for the institution that is NUFC then they are worthy of your encouragement.
Days like today show just how much a ‘Squad’ player can raise their game to compete. Negative comments will only counteract that.
I am not suggesting that anyone should be an automatic inclusion in the first 11, only that their contribution should not be discounted and that they should be able to be proud of their efforts without anonymous abuse from the internet.