Newcastle's Mike Williamson on how different players respond to Tyne-Wear derby

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One of Newcastle United's players has been looking ahead to a vital weekend encounter with Sunderland.

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has been speaking to the club’s official website about the upcoming Tyne-Wear derby.

While the attention is currently on the international break that will soon change, with Newcastle and Sunderland going head-to-head on Sunday.

Newcastle have a disappointing recent record against the Black Cats, but with a new man at the helm at the Stadium of Light in the form of Dick Advocaat, it remains to be seen if that will continue.

Sunderland are currently just one point clear of the bottom three while the Magpies are in 12th place, nine points better off than this weekend’s opponents.

Looking ahead to the match and how it affects the players involved, defender Williamson said, “It’s up to the management whether they feel they have to pump certain players up or calm certain players down because everybody goes about it differently.

“But more than anything, it’s just about preparation, making sure we’re at optimum levels mentally and physically and making sure we all do our jobs.”

A win for Newcastle would be a wonderful way for them to welcome domestic football back after another international break, but everyone knows anything goes on these occasions and it is not until the final whistle that the elation and the regret can be felt.

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