‘Fantastic’ Arsenal were too good, admits Newcastle defender

STRUGGLE ... Mike Williamson challenges Danny Welbeck.
STRUGGLE ... Mike Williamson challenges Danny Welbeck.

MIKE Williamson admitted Newcastle United got what they deserved at the Emirates Stadium.

Alan Pardew’s side were convincingly beaten 4-1 in the Premier League by Arsenal on Saturday.

Newcastle’s defence had a torrid afternoon at the stadium, where Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both netted twice.

United manager Pardew spelled out the team’s failings to the players in the dressing room after the match.

Defender Williamson said: “It’s a tough place to come, and we didn’t perform to the levels we did last week (against Chelsea), and that was frustrating.

“But Arsenal are a fantastic team with fantastic individuals.

“I don’t think it was about our energy levels or character, it was about the quality. We didn’t reach the standards.

“At the end of the game, the manager said to us that we cannot just turn up at a place like this and expect to win. The result was hard to take.”

Newcastle today started preparing for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Tottenham.

While the domestic cups are not a priority for the club’s hierarchy, Williamson insists the players are determined to go even further in the competition.

“We want to progress and see what we can do,” said the 31-year-old.

“It could be a fantastic night, and hopefully we can get a good result like the last time we were there.

“It would be fantastic for the club to challenge for a trophy.

“We’ll get back to the drawing board, and if we turn up and make sure we do the basics, we will fancy our chances.

“It’ll be tough, but we’re confident. It’s something exciting to be part of and builds confidence. It’s a huge game for us. A win would give us positivity, confidence and momentum.

“Everyone will be pushing. We want to get to the semi finals.”

Williamson could be replaced in defence at White Hart Lane by Steven Taylor, who served a one-game suspension against Arsenal.