MIKE Williamson is ready to go again for Newcastle United against Maritimo tonight – three days after his game-changing goal-line clearance at Goodison Park.
Williamson will be one of the few survivors from the team which drew 2-2 with Everton on Monday night.
With defenders Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson all sidelined through injury, manager Alan Pardew’s defensive options are limited.
But Williamson – who cleared a Victor Anichebe shot from the goal after it crossed the line – isn’t complaining ahead of the club’s first Europa League Group D game.
“It’s the first chance I’ve got to play in Europe, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it,” Williamson told the Gazette.
“Everyone who has ever kicked a ball has probably dreamed of playing on the biggest stages, and I’ve had that opportunity with Newcastle United.
“We won’t underestimate the game, but we feel we’re strong enough to get the win.
“We’ll get more opportunities, and it’ll make the squad stronger
“Hopefully, we can progress and build on the winning mentality we’ve got at the football club.”
The linesman at Goodison Park waved play on after Williamson’s dramatic clearance.
Reflecting on it, Williamson said: “To be totally honest, I thought it wasn’t in.
“When you watch the replay you see it bounce up, but when I looked down it wasn’t over the line.
“I had a discussion on the pitch with a few of the other players, and I was convinced it wasn’t in. But I was wrong.
“You do whatever you can to keep the ball out of the net.”
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