Two Weeks To Dwell On Toon Defeat

05 October 2010 02:01
Mike Williamson says the team must suffer for two weeks during the international break after Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Manchester City. Mike Williamson: "It's difficult to go into an international break on the back of a loss. "But it gives us time to get on the training ground, look at the positives and work on our weaknesses. "Losing Hatem Ben Arfa is a big blow, too. "He has undergone an operation on a broken tibia and fibula, and everyone knows what that entails, the recovery mentally and physically is difficult. "Not only our team, but I think everyone in the football world feels for him and I'm sure everyone wishes him a full recovery. "He's been a great player and asset for us in the last couple of weeks and it's disappointing to lose him." NEXT PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES: Saturday 16th October 2010   Arsenal  v  Birmingham 15.00 Aston Villa  v  Chelsea 17.30 Bolton  v  Stoke City 15.00 Fulham  v  Tottenham 15.00 Man Utd  v  West Brom 15.00 Newcastle  v  Wigan Athletic 15.00 Wolves  v  West Ham 15.00  Sunday 17th October 2010   Blackpool  v  Man City 16.00 Everton  v  Liverpool 13.30  Monday 18th October 2010   Blackburn  v  Sunderland 20.00