Mike Williamson sees Fraser Forster as tough obstacle in Southampton v Newcastle United clash

GOALDEN BOY: Newcastle's  Mike Williamson celebrates his goal against Palace
GOALDEN BOY: Newcastle's Mike Williamson celebrates his goal against Palace
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MIKE Williamson doesn’t fancy his chances of adding to his solitary Newcastle United goal against Southampton – as Fraser Forster will be standing in his way!

Williamson finally opened his account against Crystal Palace late last month – 139 games into his St James’s Park career.

The defender netted two minutes from time, but Wilfried Zaha claimed a point with an injury-time strike, with the match ending 3-3.

Alan Pardew’s side will take on his former club Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday still looking for a first Premier League win of the season.

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Forster is among new manager Ronald Koeman’s signings and Williamson sees the England international has a formidable obstacle.

Asked if he could see himself scoring a second United goal in the fixture, the 30-year-old said: “That would be difficult, as he does fill the goal!

“He’s a fantastic. He got to the World Cup and all credit to him. Everything is based on hard work.

“Hopefully, he’ll have a good season and show people what he can do.”

Despite losing the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw in the summer, Southampton have made a positive start to the new season under Koeman.

However, Williamson, in the Newcastle side convincingly beaten 4-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium in March, is confident he and his team-mates can finally get up and running in the league.

“Every week is an opportunity,” he said. “We believe we have got the quality in the squad to beat anyone on our day.

“Last year (at the St Mary’s Stadium) was disappointing.

“It’s a new-look Southampton team.

I speak to Fraser a lot and he said they’ve got a good group of lads who are working hard.

“I’ve seen them a few times this year, and they look strong. They’ve got a lot of quality and it’ll be difficult, but we’ll go there looking to get a win under our belt.”

While frustrated at Palace’s late equaliser, he was heartened by the “character” shown by United, who twice came from behind.

“He (Pardew) will go away and dissect everything we did wrong and everything we did right.

“We were caught cold twice, but we showed the character, resilience to come back.

“We had the physicality to match them. There were positives there.”

– MILES STARFORTH