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Williams: "We came out the traps firing on all cylinders"

Midfielder commends the flying start to win over Derby County

18 August 2018

Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams lauded the positive start to Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County.

Williams scored what turned out to be the winner after 20 minutes at The Den following Jake Cooper's early opener, with The Lions standing strong to resist the late Derby pressure despite David Nugent's reply.

“We came out of the traps firing on all cylinders and took an early lead," the midfielder said.

“We hung on a bit towards the end, but we stood strong and got the three points.

“[The goal] was a fantastic shot that was going in all the way! It got a touch on its way through, and luckily enough it went into the top corner."

The win showed an improvement on a fortnight ago, where The Lions let slip a similar lead to draw against Middlesbrough in the League opener.

Williams says the team have learnt and were able to absorb the pressure of Frank Lampard's side.

“Obviously we learn from our mistakes, but I think Derby didn’t do what Middlesbrough did, pushing their centre-half up and loading balls into the box. It was a different dilemma we had to deal with today, and we stood strong.

“I think the way the gaffer sets us up means we start strongly, and that’s how we play. I think we need to carry it on into the second halves of games, but five points from our first three games of the season isn’t a bad return."

Following the win, Millwall now face two consecutive away fixtures in South Yorkshire against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United - a prospect Williams claims the squad are looking forward to.

“After the game last weekend [at Blackburn Rovers], I wanted to play the next game as quickly as possible because we weren’t great in the second half – I think everyone is chomping at the bit to play each game.

“It’s a squad game as the gaffer says, and everyone wants to play and push on.”

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