United defender Mike Williamson has given his verdict on the Mathieu Debuchy sending off and defeat at West Brom.

Williamson has become an integrral part of the team in recent months and like his manager felt that Newcastle had been in control of the game until the sending off.

However, he believes that Debuchy didn’t go into the challenge with any other intention than to win the ball and believes that the French full-back’s all action style is why the fans have come to love him, this is what the central defender had to say to NUFC TV after the final whistle;

debuchy sending off“Disappointing to lose, I think we were in control the first half and felt comfortable, we were confident we could carry on and make the pressure count.

“We had to bide our time but then the sending off changed things. The second half was a different game.

“He (Debuchy) is a wholehearted player and I’m sure that is why the fans love him, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

“He’s an honest and he has his eye on the ball, he never wanted to hurt anybody but in this day and age it is a sending off.

“It is massive (injury to Coloccini), he is our captain and a massive influence on the team but the gaffer has strength in depth so he will have to use his squad.

“He was out a couple of months ago and we managed to get some good results, so we have to just pick ourselves up and go again.”