Williamson ruled out of Magpies test

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BOSS Danny Wilson will have to make one enforced alteration to his midfield for the clash with Notts County.

Lee Williamson, who has been playing out of position on the right flank, is set to serve an automatic one-match ban having chalked up his fifth booking of the season at Bournemouth. His other yellow cards came against Oldham, Tranmere, Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle.

With Williamson ruled out for the Bramall Lane meeting with the Magpies, Ryan Flynn is in contention to start for the first time since the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy [JPT] victory over Rotherham United. Flynn, a summer signing from Falkirk, impressed as a substitute against Oxford, Carlisle and Chesterfield and is in the frame for a first-team recall.

Although Flynn is the natural replacement for Williamson, Wilson has options at his disposal in midfield, including Johannes Ertl, David McAllister and Nick Montgomery.

The threat of suspension also hangs over Stephen Quinn, Michael Doyle and Richard Cresswell. The trio have all been cautioned four times in the 2011/12 campaign and will miss a match if they are booked in either of the next two fixtures with Notts County or Hartlepool.

Since being dumped out on penalties of the JPT by the Bantams, Wilson’s men have re-grouped and recorded four straight home wins in all competitions, defeating Oxford, Carlisle, Torquay and Rochdale, conceding just two goals in the process.