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Williams' Joy At First Goal

Midfielder delighted to get off the mark as Wanderers again showing fighting spirit

10 April 2022

MJ Williams was delighted to get his first goal for the club to cap another Wanderers’ fightback.

Williams opened his account in his 62nd appearance for the Whites to secure a 1-1 draw against play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

The defensive midfielder was the unlikely hero for Ian Evatt’s men after Jordan Storey had given Wednesday a second-half lead.

It looked as though Darren Moore’s side would hold out for a vital victory until Williams found the ball at his feet following a corner and from 12 yards out coolly slotted the ball into the corner past Bailey Peacock-Farrell to secure another battling point for the Whites.

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And the midfield anchorman couldn’t be happier to have scored his first goal since January 14, 2020 and first in League football.

“Goals don’t come very often for me, so I was delighted to get the goal,” said Williams, whose last one came for Rochdale against Newcastle in a 2020 third-round FA Cup tie.

“I didn’t know what to do when it went into the back of the net, I was made up.

“People close to me have been saying when are you going to score and the gaffer said ‘any chance of a goal?’ to me the other week.

“I was just delighted and hopefully I can go on and get a few more.”

Wanderers came from behind for a third successive game to claim a point following 1-1 draws against Wigan and Portsmouth to move into League One’s top 10.

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Williams’ last-minute strike again showed the never-say-die attitude that Evatt has instilled in his side.

And Wanderers have now scored 23 goals after the 75th minute of league games this season – the highest figure in the country.

“I’m sure we’d like to get the first goal at times, but we know the determination in that dressing room,” added Williams, who was one of the Whites’ driving forces on his return to the starting line-up.

“The gaffer always says keep it tight up until 60 [minutes] and obviously if we score before then it’s brilliant.

“But if it doesn’t happen before 60 we don’t panic as we’ve got the players to come off the bench.

“Like Baka, who came on today and I thought he was brilliant. So yeah, it’s a good stat to have.”

 


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