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'It's a tough one' - MJ Williams on walking a suspension tightrope

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Nat Lofthouse
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Wanderers midfielder MJ Williams insists he isn’t letting the risk of suspension affect his decision-making on the pitch.

Williams has received four yellow cards in League One this season and one more booking will force him to miss a match.

But tackling is a big part of the Welshman’s game and he isn’t planning to change his approach any time soon.

“It is a tough one when you’ve got it so quickly as well but you can’t let that play on your mind,” said the midfielder.

“I think the gaffer said in the past that you can’t pull out of challenges because if you think you’re on four yellow cards, you’ve just got to go out there and play your game and that’s what I’m trying to do.

“Obviously you do have to remember that you are on them four, but I would never pull out of a challenge just because I think I’m on four yellow cards.

“If I have to make it, I have to make it, so hopefully they’ll go away soon.”

Williams admits it is far from ideal to be walking a suspension tightrope, especially with his role in the side.

But the Welshman says players have to be decisive and cannot afford to have second thoughts when going into a tackle.

He added: “If you think about it and then you’re late going into it, you’re probably going to make get more chance of getting a booking.

“If you go straight in for it and you’re the first one there, you’re going to win the ball aren’t you, so it hasn’t changed anything for me.

“It’s just obviously hard when you’re on four like me, but hopefully it’ll go away.”

Williams – who came through the ranks at Liverpool – joined Wanderers from Blackpool earlier this year.

The Welshman has become an integral part of Ian Evatt’s squad since his arrival, having formed effective partnerships with Josh Sheehan and more recently Kieran Lee.

He admits recent results have been hard to take but believes the squad has what it takes to bounce back against Gillingham at the weekend.

“It’s a great group to be with at the training ground, I love going in every day,” the midfielder added. “The lads and the coaching staff are top class.

“We’ve got a lot of experience in the team - players, the manager and the coaching staff that have been in football long enough to know how to get out of this patch.

“I say patch, I wouldn’t say it’s that bad. In the Sheffield Wednesday game, we were absolutely brilliant but I know we obviously got beat and we want to win games – that’s the main thing.

“After the last two performances, we have looked at ourselves and hopefully come Saturday we’ll be ready to go out and get the win.”


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