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'Big test' - Daws

Michael Dawson says we'll have to be at our best to bring anything back from Villa on Saturday.

Michael Dawson says we'll have to be at our best to bring anything back from Villa on Saturday.

We travel to Villa Park for a fourth-versus-fifth clash in the Barclays Premier League kicking-off at 5.30pm.

The lads are naturally still buoyed by last weekend's record-breaking 9-1 win against Wigan but defender 'Daws' insists the focus has been on Villa since the start of the week.

"Once we got to Monday, Tuesday it was all about Villa," he said. "Everyone is talking about the 9-1 but we have to go to Villa and try and to put that behind us and get a good result.

"We're three points ahead of them and it's a big game for us. We won there last season and it was a great performance and great result. It would be nice to do that again."

Daws, back in the side against Wigan, is preparing for a Villa side that has a bit of everything going forward - pace, power and no little skill.

"They have Milner, Young, Agbonlahor, Carew or Heskey - they have pace and big, physical strength as well. We'll have to be at our best and hopefully we'll put on another good performance."

Turning back to the 9-1 win, Michael admitted it was all a bit surreal as eight goals went in during the second half - Jermain Defoe bagging five of them.

"It didn't seem real, one of the crazy games and the second half was probably the most enjoyable game I've every played in," he beamed. "The goals were just flying in and it was a pleasure to play in and it was great to be involved in a game that will go down in the club's history."

As for JD, Daws agreed with Jonathan Woodgate's summary earlier in the week - it was no surprise...

"I see it every day in training and myself and Woody always say he's so sharp it's unbelievable," he added. "You hope you are not up against him because he's ridiculous.

"Since he's come back from his foot injury he's been scary, unbelievable.

"He's a top-class player and when you play against him in training you always think 'wow'. That can only help me though and make it easier at the weekend because you won't always come up against a player of his quality week in, week out."