Williamson admits Newcastle still suffering after late Crouch goal

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson says the side are still thinking about Stoke's equaliser last weekend.

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has told the Shields Gazette that the team are still suffering after conceding a late equaliser against Stoke last weekend.

The Magpies looked good to back up their win against Hull City, but a late header from Stoke forward Peter Crouch prevented them from picking up all three points.

Newcastle’s focus will now be on the match against Crystal Palace this evening but Williamson has admitted there is still a lingering feeling of disappointment.

“It’s still very hard to take considering the chances we created and how well we defended,” said Williamson.

“There are a lot of positives to take from our performance.”

Where John Carver has a challenge is ensuring that there’s no ripple effect once the game against Palace gets under way.

Alan Pardew has the obvious advantage of knowing the Newcastle team inside out and he’ll urge his Palace side to exploit the smallest signs of weakness from within his old team.

The disappointment may also work in Newcastle’s favour because it’s a first chance for the team to get stuck in as they look to make up for the late Crouch goal.

The best way for any team to react to disappointment is to respond positively when they next have a chance to impress, and that’s precisely the case for the Magpies.

Newcastle have a very good team and a coach who has taken the responsibility of leading the side in his stride.

The incentive is now to put three points on the board, get one over on Pardew and get moving in the right direction.

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