'He wasn't quite right' - Pardew criticises Newcastle star Mike Williamson for poor display

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United's Mike Williamson struggled in their fixture last night against Burnley.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew felt that Mike Williamson was well short of his best against Burnley last night. 

The centre-back was named in the starting line-up to face the Clarets, but struggled to reach his usual standards. 

Danny Ings proved to too much for the defender to handle during the match and Pardew admitted after that Williamson's concentration was lacking. 

"Willo wasn’t quite right in his focus," he said to the Sheilds Gazette. "He wasn’t really as good as he has been."

Williamson made little impact on the game, failing to make a tackle or intercept the ball and winning just one header during his time on the pitch. 

  Won TackleHeaders wonInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Michael Williamson 0 1 0 1 45

The 31-year-old was replaced at half-time by Steven Taylor, and that was a replacement which helped spark a comeback. 

Newcastle had fallen behind after George Boyd curled home the opening goal of the contest, but Papiss Cisse levelled early on in the second-period.

They were not able to complete the comeback, though, as neither side showed the quality required to win the match. 

The 1-1 draw represents a decent result for both teams, but there was a sense of what might have been for Pardew's men. 

Burnley have improved of late, but Newcastle would have fancied their chances against a newly promoted side, after showing signs of promise recently. 

The Tynesiders are now in 10th position in the Premier League table, but they are still within touching distance of the European places and they will be looking to breach that gap as the season progresses. 

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