Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Williamson: Comeback shows spirit

Mike Williamson believes Newcastle's performance against QPR proves that the squad is not divided

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson believes his side's 2-1 comeback win against QPR on Sunday proves there is no split in the camp.

There have been reports that the sizeable French contingent in the Magpies' dressing room are at odds with the non-French players but Williamson feels that performance shows such talk is wide of the mark.

"There has been a lot said about it, a lot of speculation but you could see the commitment and the euphoria after the game between the players," he said.

"There is a lot of passion now and we are a very tight bunch. Maybe a lot is said about it in the media but it is all rubbish because the lads are tight, everyone doing it for themselves as much as each other.

"There is a lot of relief in the changing room and with the fans. It was a tough, tough game. We had to show resilience and character and I felt that is what was needed."

Williamson acknowledged the club's fans have endured a rocky time this year, particularly compared the success of the previous campaign, which ended with Europa League qualification and widespread acclaim. But he feels those highs can be attained again.

"We are aware of what they (the fans) have endured this season," he said.

"As players, maybe we have not hit the heights both personally and collectively but we just want them to know it wasn't through a lack of effort and commitment.

"Hopefully we showed them that and we can enjoy the last game, the fans can have a great day out and we can try to get a big scalp against Arsenal.

"We've got the strength and depth and whether we add a few in the summer or not that is down to the manager, but I feel we have all the quality and the attributes to replicate what we did last year. I know it has been a tricky, tricky season but hopefully with a bit more of a rub of the green we can do what we did again."

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