Looking forward to Sunday, Mike Williamson says he knows ‘what it’s all about’ having played in seven derby matches in his time at Newcastle.

The only derby win where Williamson has started the game is his first ever match against Sunderland, the 5-1 Halloween hammering. Though he did come off the bench for the last five minutes of the Ryan Taylor ‘over the wall’ victory in August 2011 at the Stadium of Light.

Mike Williamson talking to the official club website:

“I have played in quite a few before and I know what it’s all about – I know the meaning behind it.

“I think it affects people differently and it is up to the management whether they feel they have to pump certain players up, or calm certain players down.”

Making sure at optimum levels:

“It is just about preparation, making sure we are at optimum levels mentally and physically and making sure we all do our jobs.”

“The atmosphere on the matchday is electric, fantastic for both sets of fans and players, the games that I have played in definitely rank among the most important games.”

A great spectacle:

“It is a great spectacle and I thoroughly enjoy playing in them; the atmosphere, the pressure and the intensity of it have always been brilliant.

“It is all about keeping your composure and making sure you can play under that pressure.”

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