31-year-old Newcastle star makes excuse for Sunderland defeat: Will supporters accept it?

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson believes that injuries were partly to blame for the side's derby defeat against Sunderland.

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has told the Chronicle that things will turn around for the side once John Carver has a fully fit squad from which to select.

Frustration levels have risen at St. James' Park on the back of a derby defeat to Sunderland at the weekend, but Williamson believes that the Magpies had a legitimate excuse for coming unstuck against the Black Cats.

The languid centre-back says that injuries and suspensions have hurt Newcastle's chances and feels they will be back on track once key players make it off the treatment table.

“We had a patched up back four and we lost the game to a wonder goal," he said. "We are just going through a tough time at the moment.

“When you are having a difficult period things do go against you. We have a lot of injuries and suspensions, it’s hard.

“Get a few players back from injury and it’s a different ball game again but at the minute it is about showing a reaction.”

It is true that Newcastle are having to operate with a makeshift backline at the moment, but it is unlikely that supporters of the club will accept Williamson's excuse.

Newcastle brought their current problems on themselves, due to their recent transfer dealings, and it is no surprise that their lack of cover in defence has been exposed.

At the moment Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Massimo Haidara are all on the treatment table and it means that Daryl Janmaat has been forced to play at centre-back, with Williamson the only natural fit in that position available for selection.

It still does not excuse gutless performances like the one the side put in against Sunderland, though, and Williamson's words are unlikely to do him any favours.

It will be up to the team to prove through their actions over the rest of the season that they do have the passion required to represent Newcastle, and Williamson will be hoping that once players start coming back they can do just that.

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