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06 6 For about four days following the 1-0 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane it seemed everyone I met, as I walked my dog, repeated the Sky Sports mantra of the moment, "Fourteen saves Tim Krul made, that's a record in the Premiership, you know". "Brilliant, wasn't he?", I would reply, thinking he was, but so were others who perhaps didn't stand out so, didn't grab the headlines, didn't get a mention, and some of them had done it two games in a row having beaten Chelsea the weekend before. Two straight wins, and against Top 6 sides, leaves my mind a jumble as I recall the home defeat to Hull City. Beat them and go joint top was on offer that day, and looked as if it would happen during the first twenty minutes and again at halftime. But, well, typical! Yes, typical Newcastle United, no matter the generation or team, beat the clubs above and loses to them below. Frustrating doesn't cover it for the ever present fans. But there is some consistency finally being shown in the back four in the unlikely frame of Mike Williamson. In the strained groin absence of skipper, Fabricio Coloccini, the Potteries-born centrehalf has brought no nonsense, play it simple attitude to the back line. Both full backs, Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy, are enjoying the license to adventure forward from the no frills, no risks insurance Williamson provides. As they go deep into opposing territory they know everything is being covered and organized behind their backs. But Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is the player who is truly reveling in the simplicity Williamson brings. There are no complications in the understanding he has developed with his partner, and thus he simply gets SUPERMAC SAYS on with what he is best at and not feel he needs to complicate matters. The man from Bangui is hugely benefitting from this straightforward simplicity, and hence, the rest of the team forward of these two stalwarts is able to get on with their jobs much better. been “ My mind haschanged immensely by Yoan Gouffran with his determination to get into the heart of the game. . . ” Tiote creating the shield in front of that back-line, and, thank heaven ̰