Dyer impressed by the Woody effect

Last updated : 28 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Woodgate is available to make his long-awaited debut against Chelsea on Saturday, but such has been the positive reaction to his arrival from the likes of Titus Bramble, Andy O’Brien and Aaron Hughes that he is not certain of a place in the starting eleven.

"It's been great management from the gaffer," Dyer told The Journal. "He's gone out and got Jonathan Woodgate and it's given all the other defenders a lift. They've thrived on the pressure of Woodgate coming in.

"Woody is a £9m England international and the other lads know they are going to have to raise their game to his level if they are to stay in the side.

"I don't know what the gaffer's plans are, but knowing Woody, when he is fit he will want to play, but it's up to the manager.

"I know I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, but that's what he's paid for and he's made these sorts of tough decisions all through his career."