Pardew finding right balance with Newcastle team selection, says Williamson

The 30-year-old thinks the Magpies boss has found a system where the team works well together, praising the clean sheets his side earned recently against Chelsea and Tottenham
Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson feels Alan Pardew is finally finding the right balance to his team selection.

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The Magpies currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, having recorded impressive wins against Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two games.

Former Southampton boss Pardew has utilised his players in a number of different roles this season, with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy featuring in several positions.

But Williamson - who has himself started just five fixtures over the campaign - feels the changes are paying off and helping the Magpies tighten up defensively.

"The gaffer's been searching for a mix that would give us some consistency in performance and now the team is working really well together," he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"Keeping clean sheets against Chelsea and Spurs shows he has found the right balance to keep it tight.

"It's a great platform because we know with the quality we have in attack, we'll score goals."

Newcastle will now aim to build on their impressive form when they play host to Norwich City on Saturday - with Chris Hughton's men also looking to follow up a win over West Ham prior to the international break.