Shaun Williams describes Tuesday night’s victory over Wigan Athletic as ‘thoroughly deserved’, after turning around a first-half deficit to claim the points at The Den.
Williams netted the equaliser on the hour mark from the penalty spot, just one minute after The Latics’ Josh Windass fired over from 12 yards at the other end. Paul Cook’s visitors had already taken the lead on the stroke of half-time through a fortuitous deflection off Jed Wallace.
Steve Morison then finished off a fine move for the winner eight minutes from time, following great work from Shane Ferguson and Lee Gregory in the build-up.
“It’s obviously a fantastic win, it was thoroughly deserved,” Williams states.
“We were unlucky on Saturday to dominate the game but come away with no points, and then after being on top in the first half, [Wigan] scored with an own-goal off Jed [Wallace]’s shoulder, which is one of those things.
“Luckily, the crowd stuck with us, got behind us and pushed us forward to get the win tonight.”
Starting the match as Lions captain, Williams took it upon himself to help inspire his teammates in the dressing room at the break, after conceding the opener despite a dominant start.
“I said to the lads that it’s only us who can get ourselves out of this predicament. We needed not to go into our shells, we had to show what good players we are and what a good team we are – and it worked.”
Manager Neil Harris commended Williams’ ‘class and character’ to step up and fire home the penalty following Wigan’s miss from the spot, with the Irish international relishing the duty of putting the ball in the net.
“Obviously their penalty miss was a let-off for us, it would have been even harder to come back from two down. I had the responsibility of taking the penalty – if I don’t score, it’s down to me but luckily enough I did.”
Williams finally credits the way the team created the winner for Morison’s first of the campaign, and speaks of the importance the win has for momentum going into our next encounter at The Den with Ipswich Town at the weekend.
“We’ve shown that we never lie down. The quality from Fergie [Shane Ferguson] and Gregs [Lee Gregory] leading up to Moro [Steve Morison]’s winning goal showed a lot of composure and confidence, so it was great to get the winner and get Moro off the mark.
“It’s massive going into Saturday. Obviously, this is only one game and it doesn’t tell a season – we’ll just look to the next one and perform like we have done in the last couple of games, and hopefully that will be enough for another three points.”