Williamson: Comeback shows spirit

Newcastle United

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson believes his side's comeback against QPR on Sunday proves there is no split in the camp.

The Magpies went into the game at Loftus Road still in the relegation battle – a situation which took a turn for the worse when they went behind to an early Loic Remy penalty.

But Alan Pardew’s side fought back to win the game 2-1 and confirm their Barclays Premier League status for another year.

There have been reports that the sizeable French contingent in the dressing room are at odds with the non-French players but Williamson feels that performance shows such talk is wide of the mark.

“There has been a lot said about it, a lot of speculation but you could see the commitment and the euphoria after the game between the players,” he said.

“There is a lot of passion now and we are a very tight bunch.

“Maybe a lot is said about it in the media but it is all rubbish because the lads are tight, everyone doing it for themselves as much as each other.

“There is a lot of relief in the changing room and with the fans. It was a tough, tough game. We had to show resilience and character and I felt that is what was needed.”