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Williams on Burton Albion

14 April 2016

Club News

Williams on Burton Albion

14 April 2016

Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Burton Albion, full-back George Williams told the press the Reds must remain consistent in their approach to the end of the season.

The full-back is hoping to return to the side this weekend, following a knock to James Bree.

The Brewers have been struggling for points but remain in an automatic promotion spot with five games remaining.

Williams hopes the Reds can take advantage of their poor run of form to increase their chances of finishing in a play-off spot in May.

He said: “Burton have been near the top all season but they are on a bit of a downward spiral at the minute and we have to capitalise on that.

“We are the in-form team at the moment and have to go there and get the three points.

“You can’t read into their results too much because every game is important in this league, given that Chesterfield came here and did a job on us.

“We need to go there and be professional and hopefully come away with a win.”

With only three points splitting the Reds from sixth-placed Gillingham, the 23-year-old asserted that avoiding looking at the table is almost impossible.

He hopes a win this weekend can keep the pressure on the Kent club, reducing the gap to just goal difference alone should other results go their wa.

He said: “It’s hard not to look at table but we’re only looking at who’s above us and how we can catch them. We’re on Gillingham’s heels and we need to push to keep the pressure on them.

“You never know how many wins we’ll need but if we can get as many points as we can, I’m sure we’ll be there or there about.

“The Oldham result was a really big win, everyone made sure of that. It was disappointing to lose against Chesterfield but to bounce back, something we’ve been good at recently, means it’s a huge result.

“We’re looking ahead at Gillingham and trying to catch them. There’s 15 points up for grabs between now and the end of the season. Someone could slip up or come on strong and hopefully it’ll be us that comes on form.”

The defender’s contract runs out in the summer but Williams insists he is more interested in helping Barnsley reach the play-offs than worry about his deal.

“I’ve not been looking at that too much,” he added. “I’m just trying to do as best I can when I’m out on the pitch to help the club get into the play-offs.

“I’ve gone from playing in the reserves to loan spells and now the first team. At the minute I’m enjoying playing in the side and we’ll see what happens after that.”

Williams has received widespread praise from fans for his enthusiasm on the pitch and feels that it is difficult not to enjoy his time out on the grass.

He said: “It’s not hard to maintain my enthusiasm because I just love playing football and I’m going out there to do best I can each time.

“On Tuesday when I came on, the first thing that cropped up was a big tackle which the fans love so I put myself in there.”

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