Williamson wary of Wolves threat

Fri, 24 Feb 13:21:13 2012

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson will not allow himself to relax when Wolves arrive on Tyneside.

The 28-year-old has found himself pitched into battle with some of the Barclays Premier League's most prolific frontmen since he returned from a prolonged injury lay-off on Boxing Day.

Williamson and his defensive colleagues have had to deal with the likes of Craig Bellamy, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Clint Dempsey and Darren Bent and in their last outing at Tottenham a fortnight ago found themselves on the wrong end of a mauling by Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor.

On Saturday they will be pitched into battle with a Wolves strike-force which has been unable to fire the club out of relegation trouble. However, Williamson knows just how dangerous it would be to under-estimate the likes of Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

"I pay no attention to the form guide or where they are in the league," he said. "There are world-class players in every team and you take your eye off the ball and you are going to be punished, it's as simple as that.

"That's why for me, there are no foregone conclusions in this league. You have to prepare and play as well as you can and keep to the standards you have set in previous weeks."


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