Millwall's Williams won't feel extra pressure ahead of decisive final day

SHAUN Williams insisted he won’t be feeling any extra pressure on the final day of the League One season next Sunday.

Millwall have to beat Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium to guarantee a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs the following week.

The Lions lost 3-0 at home to Oxford United on Saturday, but Southend’s defeat at Shrewsbury and Rochdale’s draw with Oldham kept Neil Harris’ side in pole position for a second successive tilt at promotion through the play-offs.



In Williams’ first season with Millwall, Ian Holloway’s side had to beat AFC Bournemouth on the final day to guarantee Championship survival. They didn’t let the pressure affect them as they won 1-0 at The Den.

Millwall would have secured a play-off place had they beaten Oxford, but Williams is relieved they still control their own destiny.

“It wasn’t our day,” he said. “Last week against Fleetwood we gave them everything we had but couldn’t score, it was unfortunate.



“This was disappointing but then again it’s still all in our hands. We’re in a good position.

“Everyone was the same as normal and we began the game quite well but got hit with two early goals. It was an uphill battle from there.

“We’re probably a team that needs to take the lead first because we’re not the best at breaking teams down. We’ll move on from it.

“It’s a do-or-die situation now, the only thing that needs to be done is we have to win.

“We didn’t start the season too well, had a bad run but picked up this year. We’ve pushed ourselves into a good position.

“I don’t feel much pressure at all. I don’t change the way I play, win, lose or draw.”

Aiden O’Brien had a chance to halve the deficit in the second half on Saturday but saw his shot saved by Simon Eastwood.

Williams insisted it’s about collective responsibility as he looked forward to potentially another game at The Den this season.

“You can’t put it all down to him,” he said. “It’s a team game and we don’t pick out one person when we lose, it’s all our faults. We have to stick together until the end.

“You can’t look too much into it because it might start to affect people and bring a different mood into the camp. We have to just move on from it and put all our focus into next Sunday.

“Our home form has been fantastic over the last number of months. [Saturday] is a bit of a blip but the fans can be a 12th man for us.”

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19 thoughts on “Millwall's Williams won't feel extra pressure ahead of decisive final day

  • April 24, 2017 at 08:27
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    Don't screw up Wall!

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  • April 24, 2017 at 08:35
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    Well losing 0-3 to Oxford now means that if we draw and Rochdale win they go up on better goal difference and never mind that Southend are at home. The 'must win' game was on Saturday when the entire team put in a shameful performance. Supporting Millwall is a rollercoaster we all know we'll have our ups and downs but the loss to Oxford was a f****** shambles and the sad thing is that it shouldn't be like this.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 08:38
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    Perhaps you should feel some pressure and realise how important the game is, majority of the team Saturday looked as if they weren't bothered, pathetic performance.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 09:20
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    Stop talking and perform, shocking on Saturday, last throw of the dice on Sunday, don't blow it!
    COYL

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    • April 24, 2017 at 09:38
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      @Dangerous Dave:
      Well the fans turned up - shame the players didn't read the script.
      Pretty much the same as a number of other games this year - if the opposition stop Moro playing - we dont perform - Wallsall was another classic.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 09:36
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    Interesting what William's says there in the article - “We’re probably a team that needs to take the lead first because we’re not the best at breaking teams down."

    A dig at the predictable direct hoof ball style and prehistoric 442 that Harris and Livermore seems to favour as 'Plan A'. If as fans we can see a lot of what's going to happen before the team actually do it in terms of playing 'kick and rush' up to the front two, you can bet every opponent we play works on nullifying it in training. Williams is a ball player and we need more players with his technical ability in the team, players that are comfortable receiving the ball to feet, regardless of what division we will find ourselves in when the new season starts. Howe transformed Bournmouth and Brighton like Swansea have been overhauled over the years which has paid dividends. But we need chairman investment into the team too not just write off the debt and relay on freebie in the transfer market to progress on the pitch.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 10:44
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    I saw enough of Williams at Fleetwood just hoofing the ball into a space no where near a team mate

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  • April 24, 2017 at 10:45
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    About time williams performed he seems to have a good game every now and then and everyone raves about. Don't chase or gets stuck in he's supposed to be the ball player in the middle but we seem to get out played by most teams in desperate need of a b riley or even a alex rae

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  • April 24, 2017 at 12:05
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    He might not feel the pressure he wants to be in the ground with all the fans who have got to go through watching a millwall team that may or may not turn up

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  • April 24, 2017 at 12:44
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    Everyone said what needed to be said Saturday was a f ing shambles just hope that we turn up Coyl

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  • April 24, 2017 at 13:22
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    It says a lot when a player says we are not good at breaking teams down. Doesn't the manager see this, and if he does, why doesn't he change things? My guess is he doesn't see it, and hopes we get lucky with a knock on.

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    • April 24, 2017 at 15:05
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      @Beedoscores: The problem is that we have been playing this way for the last two years and Harris isn't going to change it for one game. We are probably going to lose out on the play offs and the club then has to decide if they will stay with Harris or sack him and bring a new Manager in during the Summer. If they do,this give him some of the cup run money and the fee we will receive for Fred to completely overhaul the squad..

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      • April 24, 2017 at 16:58
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        @denslions: Don't disagree at all. It is so bad to watch its painful. I didn't go to Fleetwood, but the clips showed us playing some football for a change, so they are capable if given the chance.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 15:12
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    Play passing football f*** plan a always f****** hoofing the ball up to moro or greggs every time that happens we lose possession then they score happens time and time again f*** that method I'm f****** fed up we came with numbers on Saturday and we witness that s*** no 1 didn't even say sorry to the fans b******* watching the same s*** all the time pass back and boot it up top and hope for the best harris needs help tactically or we are f*** what a joke COYL let move on now to Sunday I want to see u fight for the shirt coz Saturday I didn't see it except for greggs and moro

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  • April 24, 2017 at 15:58
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    What's annoying is we saw millwall turn up and fight in each of the games at home against premier clubs in the cup promotion and a pay rise should bring enough motivation. you've got to blame harris more with he's tactics or lack of them harris is going to be here next season what either. It's a shame I really want him to be successful but he's just not up to it.

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    • April 24, 2017 at 19:37
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      @Sdd: I also think Harris will be here next season. I would like to see him spend the Summer practising a 3-5-2 system with the team. Most of the existing squad could fit in to that system with Archer or King in goal,Romeo and Ferguson as wing backs,Hutchinson, Webster and a new Centre Back as the back 3 (Craig is past it), Thompson,Butcher and Williams(if he is still here) in midfield. Unfortunately Gregory and Morison are the wrong type of forwards for this formation so they would have to be replaced by strikers who can receive and run with the ball at their feet. If Harris isn't successful with this system at least the supporters can't argue that he didn't try something different from the long ball stuff we have seen for the last two seasons.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 16:22
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    The team should hold their heads in shame. They are "professionals" and paid accordingly, no excuses. So step up and do the business Sunday.
    As for Fred, well he's good but greedy, so best say goodbye as will suit both parties.

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  • April 24, 2017 at 17:36
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    Just not as relaxed as Saturday please, half of em looked like they were one there hollybobs already

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  • April 26, 2017 at 23:47
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    So according to Williams if bristol score first I might aswell get the 1st train out,this comes from someone who walk round all afternoon last Saturday and as still not signed a contract.this bloke hasn't a positive or creative bone in his body..in short Williams do one!!

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