Williamson wants to keep shirt
Magpies defender determined to remain part of Pardew's plans
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: February 14, 2011 1:19pm
Williamson: Impressed at Ewood
Mike Williamson is determined to hold down a regular role at Newcastle after forcing his way into the side.
The centre-half has benefited recently from an injury to Steven Taylor, with a door opening at the heart of the Magpies' back four.
Williamson has grabbed his opportunity with both hands, with an eye-catching display against Blackburn on Saturday earning rave reviews from manager Alan Pardew.
It is now up to the 27-year-old to prove that he is worthy of an extended run, with Newcastle in action again on Tuesday against Birmingham.
Williamson hopes to retain his place at St Andrews, and admits he is in no mood to give it up any time soon.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "This season's been fantastic.
"I've been working hard week-in, week-out, and doing what I can to keep the shirt."
Williamson excelled for Newcastle in their goalless draw at Ewood Park over the weekend, with his physical approach ideally suited to combating Rovers' threat.
On the game, he said: "Coming to Blackburn, you know what you're in for - they're a very physical team.
"They don't mind putting the pressure on the box by getting the big lads up.
"We knew if we didn't win the first ball, we would have to win the second, and that was crucial. I think we did that well and dealt with it.
"The back four stayed strong, and we were pleased with that. It's going to be tough and we had to stay strong, and I think we did that.
"It's another point towards safety.
"It's a difficult place to come and, had we had the rub of the green, we might have nicked all three points."