Newcastle defender Williamson: We can prevent mini-crisis

The Toon centre-back has cheered on his fellow team-mates, claiming that his side are still well on track for finishing in a Europa League spot despite their recent poor form
Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has rejected talk of a "mini-crisis" at the club, and claims that hard work will help to turn around their Premier League fortunes after a bad run.

Alan Pardew's men haven’t managed a win any of their last four matches, taking only two points from a possible 12.

Despite their recent lack of form, Newcastle remain in sixth place, two points clear of a confident Liverpool side who handed a hefty defeat to rivals Everton in midweek.

"People are going to look at that and, by the standards the boys have set earlier on in the season, they are going to start calling it a mini-crisis and things like that," Williamson told reporters.

"But I just think in the last three or four games, the luck just hasn't been on our side.

"We have worked hard, we have put as much preparation and heart into the games and we just haven't had the rub of the green; with the other night [against Arsenal] and the penalty against Sunderland, 2-0 up against Wolves. Things like that.

"We just haven't had that luck, but the lads have been working hard - that's what can turn it around, hard work, and that's what we have got in that dressing room."

Newcastle’s overall form compared to three seasons ago is nothing short of incredible. The Magpies have been sitting within the top six for the majority of the season and have managed to pull off a number of high-profile wins in recent months.

"You watch Norwich and you know what they are about. They are a very hard-working, disciplined side and the physical presence up front they have got - it wasn't just against that, they do that week in, week out.

"They try to get as many crosses into the box and create as many opportunities to score a goal as possible, and they have done that fantastically well this year, which is proved by where they are in the league."