Williamson: Bad start to huge week for Newcastle

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson tries to deal with Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck
Newcastle defender Mike Williamson tries to deal with Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck
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MIKE Williamson admits that Newcastle United got what they deserved at the Emirates Stadium.

Alan Pardew’s side were convincingly beaten 4-1 by Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League clash – not what they wanted ahead of a pivotal week.

The Magpies are back in North London to tackle Tottenham in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final, then host Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

Newcastle’s defence had a torrid time gainst the Gunners, with Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both netting twice.

Ayoze Perez gave the Tynesiders a glimmer of hope in the 63rd minute, diving to head home a Jack Colback free-kick, with the visitors trailing by three goals.

Defender Williamson said: “It’s a tough place to come, and we didn’t perform to the levels we did last week (against Chelsea), and that was frustrating.

“But Arsenal are a fantastic team with fantastic individuals.

“I don’t think it was about our energy levels or character, it was about the quality. We didn’t reach the standards.

“At the end of the game, the manager said to us that we cannot just turn up at a place like this and expect to win. The result was hard to take.”

Newcastle today started preparations for the Tottenham game, with 4,200 fans heading south in support.

While the domestic cups are not a priority for the club’s hierarchy, Williamson insists the players are determined to go even further in the competition.

“We want to progress and see what we can do,” said the 31-year-old.

“It could be a fantastic night, and hopefully we can get a good result like the last time we were there (Newcastle beat Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the league earlier this season).

“It would be fantastic for the club to challenge for a trophy.

“We’ll get back to the drawing board, and if we turn up and make sure we do the basics, we will fancy our chances.

“It’ll be tough, but we’re confident.

“It’s something exciting to be part of and builds confidence. It’s a huge game for us. A win would give us positivity, confidence and momentum.

“Everyone will be pushing. We want to get to the semi-finals.”

Williamson could be replaced in defence at White Hart Lane by Steven Taylor, who served a one-game suspension against Arsenal.