Newcastle defender Mike Williamson is hoping for a return to the defensive resilience which characterised their start to the season to help in the charge for Europe.

The Magpies conceded only eight goals in the first 11 Barclays Premier League outings of the current campaign as they got off to a flying start. However, in the 10 league games since the turn of the year, their defences have been pierced on 16 occasions, with 10 of those goals coming in disastrous visits to Tottenham and Fulham.

The 28-year-old former Portsmouth stopper said: "It's one of those, it's the unpredictability of football. All you can do is prepare well and apply yourself 100%. Of course it has been frustrating to concede goals - that's the main frustration for a defender - but I am sure it will turn around."

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