Archive for tag: Mike Williamson injury.

Toon ambitions scuppered by defensive injuries?

December 5th, 2011 | 88 Comments |

Injuries to Taylor and Coloccini will force a rethink at Newcastle United.
Who will replace them?
Newcastle United’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea pales into insignificance compared to the prospect of playing without Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.

I’m not particularly worried about the 0-3 scoreline on Saturday. Things didn’t go our way with the sending off that didn’t happen, the loss of Coloccini early on then Taylor near the end of the game and the infernal woodwork that saved Chelsea on a number of occasions.

That’s not to say that Chelsea weren’t threatening – they were – but on another day I could have seen us get a draw from that game, or at least only lose to a scoreline that was more reflective of the game than 0-3. I think what I’m trying to say is that we certainly weren’t completely outclassed or anything like that.

Looking ahead, though, what is worrying is our extensive injury list, particularly in the defensive region. (more…)

Newcastle v Birmingham match preview: top 10 finish in Pardew’s sights

May 6th, 2011 | 12 Comments |

Premier League table 2011-05-06
Pardew wants a top 10 finish
Birmingham City are the visitors at St James’ Park on Saturday, where Newcastle United will be keen to go after all 3 points and try for a top 10 finish.

Birmingham are 3 places, 2 points and 15 goals worth of difference behind us in the league with them occupying 15th place against our 12th place.

They’re also just 3 places and 4 points above the relegation zone, although personally I think they’ll survive.

If we can take all 3 points and Stoke and West Brom have poor results we can sneak into 10th which, judging by his recent comments, is now Alan Pardew’s aim for the remaining 3 games.

Mike Williamson Injured – Steven Taylor In

Of course, thanks to a recent training ground mishap, Mike Williamson won’t be partnering Coloccini in his usual place in central defence. This means a return for Steven Taylor, about whom Pardew said:

Steve had a fantastic younger part of his career and then he’s hit a bit of levelling-off when he’s not gone forward or backwards. That can be dangerous for a player. He needs to get his career moving in the right direction again. (more…)