SHAUN Williams wasn’t going to break the unspoken dressing-room code and divulge what his words of inspiration were at half-time against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.
Millwall were losing 1-0 to Paul Cook’s side when Williams, according to his manager Neil Harris, “spoke very well to the group”, and the Lions went out in the second half, scored twice, and won their third league game of the season.
Williams, 32, hopes the minute in the second period when Josh Windass missed a penalty given against Mahlon Romeo followed by Williams’ own spot-kick success is a turning point in the season.
Millwall have seen a number of questionable refereeing decisions go against them in recent weeks, and Williams felt Wigan’s penalty, when James Vaughan hit the turf without there appearing to be any contact with Romeo, shouldn’t have been awarded to the visitors.
In their four games so far in October, the Lions have conceded seven goals from nine shots on their goal, a freakish ratio Williams hopes will change.
“I’d like to think so. We have been unlucky, but you’ve got to make your own luck at the same time,” Williams said. “Maybe last season those chances weren’t going in against us but unfortunately they are this season.
“But hopefully it is a turning and we can push on now.
“I don’t think the first one was a peno, from the view I had anyway. Luckily the guy missed it and we were awarded one down the other end and scored. It was a tale of two penalties, really.
“I thought it was thoroughly deserved. We were unlucky at the weekend but came away with three points [Tuesday night] which I believe we definitely deserved.”
Lee Gregory was Millwall’s first-choice penalty taker for the three full seasons Harris has been in charge, and Williams was asked on Tuesday night if it was a recent decision that those duties were transferred to him.
He said: “No, it’s been set in stone from the start of the season, so that’s it.
“I don’t really look at my own performances, it’s more of a team game and if I can help the team in any way I can that’s first and foremost. I’ll take the personal accolades afterwards.
“We’re looking to build on the performance and hopefully get three points at the weekend [against Ipswich].”
And on those half-time words? “What happens in there stays in there, mate,” he replied.
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