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No surprises for Woody

Jonathan Woodgate was a proud captain during what he described as an ‘incredible' performance in the 9-1 win over Wigan on Sunday.

Jonathan Woodgate was a proud captain during what he described as an ‘incredible' performance in the 9-1 win over Wigan on Sunday.

The defender wore the armband for the first time this season and what a time to do it as we romped to the victory that takes us back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

And a display like that comes as no surprise to ‘Woody', who has the unenviable task of defending against our in-form attacking players on a daily basis.

So he was delighted that we produced the goods when it mattered most on Sunday, saying: "It was a great victory and you couldn't have got any more out of us. It was a great display throughout the side, especially going forward. It was incredible.

"To be honest, it happens in training. Look at the strikers we've got. You're never surprised because they do it every day.

"At half-time the manager said to us that Wigan had got back in the game and we needed to start pressing again. We did that and got the goals quickly.

"There were games when we didn't play as well, like against Sunderland, but we still got the points and that's the sign of a good team."

But ‘Woody' knows there is no time for us to sit back and reflect on such a memorable afternoon with another massive game away at fifth-placed Aston Villa coming up on Saturday.

He added: "Every game is important when you are looking to finish in the top four, and staying in the same position as we are in now is what we must aim to do."