Williamson aims for Newcastle Utd first team place

Leed's Matt Smith and Newcastle's Mike Williamson
Leed's Matt Smith and Newcastle's Mike Williamson

MIKE Williamson is adamant there’s life in his Newcastle United career yet – after playing his first 90 minutes in five months.

The defender helped Newcastle beat Leeds United 2-0 in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

Williamson hasn’t kicked a ball in the Premier League since the club’s win at Queens Park Rangers late last season.

And the 29-year-old’s focused on challenging for a place in Alan Pardew’s side over the coming weeks and months.

““Every opportunity you get to put the shirt on is an honour,” Williamson said. “I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s been a while since I’d played 90 minutes. I think it was QPR last season in the second to last game.

“I always enjoy having an opportunity to play in front of the fans, and it was no different.”

“I came in and we kept a clean sheet. I thought we limited their chances.

“The manager knows what he gets when I’m in the team.

“It’s tough. There’s competition for places everywhere.

“There’s strength in depth. It’s just good to be able to push the lads and make that competition stronger.

“I thought I did well (against Leeds).

“We go into Monday now, and I’ve just got to keep pushing the first XI. Hopefully, we can pick up again.”

Newcastle take on Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.

The club, now managed by Roberto Martinez, has won it’s last two league fixtures against West Ham United and Chelsea.

“Martinez is a fantastic manager,” said Williamson.

“He gives his teams confidence, and the freedom to play football. I think they’ve got discipline. It’ll make for a tough game.

“But I think we’ve got the players to go there and get something.

Goals from Papiss Demba Cisse and Yoan Gouffran saw off Leeds and booked a last-16 tie against Manchester City.

Williamson said: “When you come up against Leeds, it’s always going to be a tough test.

“It was, and we had to be disciplined. I thought we were. We kept our shape.

“Everyone was on their game, and some of our attacking play was fantastic.

“I thought we went about our job professionally. We were diligent. We could have had a couple more goals in the end.”