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Williams: Atmosphere Was Incredible

Midfielder enjoyed meeting the Fratton faithful

16 August 2021

Pompey fans
Photo: Jason Brown

Shaun Williams savoured his first experience of the famous Fratton atmosphere as a Pompey player.

And the midfielder is glad that the side managed to produce a performance against Crewe that befitted such a welcome.

The hosts had to bide their time before a dominant display finally yielded goals from John Marquis and Marcus Harness after the break.

Williams has enjoyed playing under Blues boss Danny Cowley in his short time on the south coast and wants the team to keep improving.

He said: “It was definitely one to remember – that atmosphere was incredible. It was nice to get a first taste of it.

“Luckily we were able to back that up with a good performance and, more importantly, by taking all three points.

"The philosophy of the manager and coaching staff is exciting. It’s a brand of football I want to play and believe it can bring us success."

Shaun Williams

“I still feel that we can be a bit sharper in the final third, but you can see the attacking threat we’ve got on the pitch and with time and practice, I’m sure they can flourish.

“Ryan Tunnicliffe alongside me has been able to express himself and he’s had three assists in two games – long may that continue.

“We set our standards high and always want to put on a display that the fans can be proud of, so hopefully we can keep doing that.

“The philosophy of the manager and coaching staff is exciting. It’s a brand of football I want to play and believe it can bring us success.”

Williams was making his league debut for Pompey after pulling out of the previous week’s win at Fleetwood during the warm-up.

He explained: “I got a back spasm on the Thursday night and the gaffer gave me every chance to try to get through it.

“So it was nice to start at Millwall in the cup and get some minutes into my legs, which stood me in good stead for the weekend.”


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