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Williams analyses season so far

Midfielder wanting to finish on a positive note after securing Championship safety

29 April 2019

Shaun Williams has discussed Millwall’s 2018/19 campaign after The Lions secured Sky Bet Championship football next season following Saturday’s draw at The Den with Stoke City – coupled with Rotherham United’s later defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

The League results over the weekend see Neil Harris’ men mathematically over the line, four points clear of Rotherham in the drop zone with The Millers only having one game left to play.

“I think it has been a battle to get across the line,” Williams said.

“There has been a mixture of things – sometimes the quality of our final ball could do with improvement, or taking chances for the number we often create.

“But the dressing room has always been focused on the task at hand, and we will look to finish on a high in our final two games.”

The Irishman denies The Lions felt pressure during the Stoke stalemate at The Den, and says the team have always remained fully focused in recent high-stakes encounters.

“We haven’t felt under pressure, I don’t think – certainly against Stoke we didn’t.

“Any tension or nerves around the ground is understandable in the situation we were in, but that doesn’t spread onto the pitch with the concentration we have on doing the job.

“We have responsibility, of course – because we’re the ones who can affect it on the pitch, along with the crowd’s backing which is fantastic. I don’t think we played with pressure on Saturday.”

Williams – who suffered relegation in his first few months with The Lions in 2014/15 and was a significant part of the subsequent promotion-winning side two years later – outlines the aim for this term from last summer.

“I think our objective at the start of this season was to reach 50 points as quickly as possible.

“Unfortunately, it hasn’t been like last season when we achieved that early on and had a good run, but that’s just football really.

“You could argue that our position in the table is probably where we’re meant to be budget-wise. But we’re fighting for our livelihoods as well as for our club, and we know we need to show that we’re earning it.”

With fate now sealed with two League matches remaining, Williams assures that the squad were fully prepared for any outcome from the weekend ahead of the final week of the season.

“We knew on Saturday that after we got the point, we would come in Monday morning knowing what we needed to do – so even before the Rotherham result, the atmosphere among the players was assured.

“It was a bit eerie during the Rotherham game whilst they led which is normal really, but regardless we always knew what we’d need to do should results not have gone our way.”


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