There should be big praise, for Big Mike
At the beginning of the season a group of tabloid journalists complained after being allocated an interview with Mike Williamson because he wasn't a "big name."
Even at the time, it was harsh on a player who had made the step up from playing in the Championship and taking on some of the best performers in the country with minimum fuss.
I won't beat around the bush, Mike Williamson does not get enough credit for the job he does and deserves more recognition.
Perhaps he is downplayed by some because he has plied his trade in the lower leagues but that should not be an issue given stars like Stuart Pearce, Ian Wright, John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley, David Platt and a host of others all done the same and still reaped the benefits in football.
Against Man United, Williamson didn't look out of place against some of the best players in the world with Nani, Valenica, Hernandez, Owen, Giggs and Rooney all making scuttling runs in and around the penalty area.
And let's not forget defenders at Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all failed to keep clean sheets against Man U this season.
Perhaps, Williamson's biggest asset is his down to earth outlook on life and appreciation at what he has around him at the club's training ground.
Failing to attract such players was a problem for Newcastle for years and instead paying over the odds for big contracts and so called bigger names only left the club in debt.
True enough, Newcastle are not playing in the Champions League nor even the Europa League with the current group of players.
But a blend of grafters like Williamson and three or four quality players - with a proven goalscorer a must - to go with Hatem Ben Arfa, Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and perhaps a fully fit Stephen Ireland next season, you just don't know what can be achieved next season.
And Williamson would be a worthy part of those plans.