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MJ Ready For Lift-Off

Midfielder raring to go as Whites aim for happy homecoming

11 January 2022

MJ Williams is looking to re-ignite the feel-good factor when Wanderers return home tonight.

The Whites face high-flying Wycombe at the University of Bolton Stadium in a first home fixture in six weeks.

Prior to their COVID-enforced shutdown and a run of four successive away trips, Ian Evatt’s men were unbeaten in six home games and with just one defeat in nine across all competitions on their own patch.

Third-placed Wycombe will test that record but Wanderers pushed table-topping Rotherham all the way on their League One return to New Year’s Day.

And Williams – who missed the 2-1 defeat at the New York Stadium due to COVID – is expecting another big performance against the Chair Boys to extend the solid home run.

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“That’s our aim now. We’ve got two games at home and we want to take maximum points from them,” said Williams.

“We’ve had good home form recently and we’re looking to carry that on.

“With the Rotherham game – which I watching from home – I thought the lads stood up to the challenge brilliantly.

“It’s going to be the same tonight. We’ve got to up the challenge that’s ahead and put our stamp on the game.

“Up against the top teams this season; the Ipswich one I remember we won 5-2. That was a brilliant day and they are the days we want back, starting from tonight.”

Ipswich are the next visitors on Saturday as Wanderers aim to start climbing back up the table from their current position of 17th.

And Williams – whose dislocated shoulder in a narrow 1-0 loss at Wycombe in November ended his ever-present run and kept him out for four games – is likely to be a key man in a squad strengthened by new arrivals and a slight upturn in fortune on the injury front.

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“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling strong,” added Wanderers’ midfield anchorman.

“That day was a big blow for me but I’m sure now that’s behind me and I can have a good end to the season.

“I hadn’t missed a game and I was delighted with that because in the past I have probably missed two games with the passed injuries I’ve had.

“I felt like I was in good form at the time but I’m back now and hopefully I can have a good end to the season.

“There’s a lot to play for. It looks like we’re far off if you can put a few good wins together I’m sure you can climb up that table and everything looks a lot brighter.

“We’ve got to get our heads down, put the work in and show how good players we are because we are a good team.

“At the start of the season we showed that. Then we picked a few injuries up and it was difficult but now the squad’s getting back you can see everyone is fighting for a place in this team and that’s the competition we need.”

To watch MJ’s full pre-match interview, click HERE

Tickets are still available for tonight's game with information available HERE


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