MJ Wants Return To Happy Place

MJ Williams is enjoying his football and wants to spread the feelgood factor as Wanderers aim to crank their campaign back into top gear.

Three successive defeats have put the brakes on the Whites’ early-season push.

But Williams sees Saturday’s home game against Gillingham as the ideal opportunity to try and get over painful losses to Wigan and Plymouth Argyle and get things back on track.

“It has been a tough week. The results haven’t gone our way. But, as the gaffer touched on, it’s been a bad four days really,” said the Whites’ midfield anchorman.

“The Sheffield Wednesday defeat, even though we lost, I thought we played really well.

“It’s the last two performances; the Wigan one hurt, and the other night against Plymouth.

“Now we’ve got to stick together. We’ve just got to get back to the way we were playing with all the confidence, the freedom and the energy we had in the team and I’m sure when it comes to Saturday we will be ready.

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“It’s probably just a little blip that we’ve had. We’ve set standards this season at how good we’ve actually been and we want to keep at those standards.

“This week has hurt us massively but I’m sure we’ve got a group of lads to go and get those wins back on the board.”

Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from the derby defeat to Wigan in their last home game when they take on the Gills, who are sitting 19th in the table following their mid-week win over Doncaster.

And Williams is determined to give a little pay-back to the fans, who were left disappointed a week ago but were out in number again for the 600-mile Tuesday night round trip to Plymouth.

“When you’re not winning it’s not nice but when we get back to winning ways I’m sure it will settle everything down and we will be back into the happy place we were,” he added.

“Hopefully we’ll get the fans back in and hopefully we’ll give them something to go home and be happy about this weekend.

“We know the fans will be with us and that’s what you need at times like this – for everyone at the club to stick together.

“We know results will changes, from the way we train and as we are as a group of lads.

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“We work hard, we all want to do well and work hard for each other and I’m sure we’ll get the result.

“That’s our main target for this weekend. We know it’s a big game for us.

“It’s going to be a tough game as well. We know what Gillingham are going to bring and we’ve got to be ready for it.”

While Wanderers’ fortunes have fluctuated in recent weeks and seen them slip to 11th place, Williams has remained a model of consistency.

The former Liverpool youngster – one of the catalysts behind last season’s run to promotion – has continued as an ever-present this term as a vital cog in manager Ian Evatt’s side.

And he is eager to continue one of the best spells of a career that has also taken in stints with Rochdale and Blackpool.

“I love my football here. I’m playing in front of these fans and once I get on the pitch I want to give my all,” said Williams.

“I feel like I’ve done well this season but I know there’s more to come.

“I just need to keep performing. I feel loved here and being a big part of the team has been absolutely brilliant for me.

“It’s probably the longest run of games I’ve had in a team for a long while and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“I just want to keep going and helping the team out and pushing on.”

To watch MJ’s pre-match interview click HERE

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