Millwall's Williams: We're targeting League One top six

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

MIDFIELDER Shaun Williams feels the physical nature of last Saturday’s game against CD Tondela will benefit Millwall when they face Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Williams scored the Lions’ second equaliser but it wasn't enough to prevent the Portuguese side winning 3-2.

The former Republic of Ireland U21 international is anticipating a similarly robust contest at New Meadow but believes his side can get their season up and running with a win.

He said: “The first game of the season is always going to be a bit scrappy but if we battle as well as they do hopefully the three points will follow.

“Tondela’s approach to the game surprised us a bit. There was some rustiness but that’s part and parcel of pre-season.

“I don’t know how many free-kicks there were but it kind of ruined the flow of the game. It felt at times like we couldn’t get near them and then when we had it there were always two or three coming towards you.

“They worked it quite well and it’s something we have to sharpen up on but that’s something we’ll work on.

“It was the first game on the new pitch, it’s a lot bigger than it was last season, but that’s not an excuse. It was quite tough covering the ground.”

Williams has scored just three times since joining the Lions in January 2014, having mostly occupied a central defensive or deep-lying midfield role, but he says boss Neil Harris wants his midfield to show more attacking impetus this season.

“In play he has been encouraging us to break forward into the box whereas before it was more sitting back. Hopefully I can get forward and get a few more goals.”

Williams also emphatically dismissed the notion that Millwall will feel the pressure of being one of the marked sides in the league and one of the title favourites.

Harris' side are currently joint third favourites to win League One behind Sheffield United and Wigan.

When asked if that pressure would be felt Williams said: “No, not at all, not by us. We’re focused on our goal to get into the top six.”

John Kelly


66 thoughts on “Millwall's Williams: We're targeting League One top six

  • August 4, 2015 at 09:00

    Needs to be stronger in the tackle Williams and play good the whole season before he can talk about top 6. Last season he was a passenger towards the end and needs to get stuck in abit more

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    • August 4, 2015 at 12:46

      @dave666: Holds the ball to long Dave, needs to release it quicker, and keep the ball moving

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      • August 4, 2015 at 12:47

        @lionrampant: bang on and another good point

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  • August 4, 2015 at 09:10

    This is the weakest league 1 I can remember. Sheff Utd would be the only decent team in it, apart from us of course. I lm looking for top 2. We just need a striker and the rest of the team to chip in with a few goals.

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    • August 4, 2015 at 09:20

      @NPEgentlemansclub: Agree. Definitely the weakest this league has been in a while and as already mentioned an experienced Striker and left Winger is still required. Beevers can double up in both CB and LB positions as cover, so can Craig if the club are counting the pennies this season. Hopefully Archer will start on Saturday and make the No.1 GK position his own. Time for new blood between the sticks.

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    • August 4, 2015 at 09:45

      @NPEgentlemansclub: I admire your optimism but saying top 2 without a proven striker is a contradiction in terms. Can only think it sounded better in your head my friend

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