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Williams: Substance And Style

Forward looks ahead to clash with table-topping Hull

21 January 2021

Ryan Williams in action for Pompey against AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey are League One’s entertainers, having scored more goals than any other side in the division.

But they have also shown plenty of steel this season, holding the best defensive record in English football’s third tier.

And Ryan Williams knows that substance is more important than style, as the Blues try to beat one of their promotion rivals this weekend.

Table-topping Hull are the visitors to Fratton Park and the Australian is looking forward to another massive test.

He said: “We always try to assert ourselves when we’re at home. We want to play the way we like to play and make other sides change their style.

“You always want to play well if you can, but the most important thing is to try to make sure we’re in the top two at the end of the season.

“We’ve shown that we’re capable of adapting, with different shapes and systems. It’s been working well lately.

"You always want to play well if you can, but the most important thing is to try to make sure we’re in the top two at the end of the season."

Ryan Williams

“Now we’ve got some really big games coming up – starting with Hull on Saturday – and we want to lay a marker down.

“This team has got a really good understanding and there’s quite a bit of stability in terms of selection.

“Everyone’s gelling well together and long may that continue. We’re really excited about what’s ahead.”

Williams scored a fine strike in Tuesday night’s 4-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon, while an earlier header could have found the net before John Marquis nipped in to make sure.

He said: “It might have been going in – I’m not sure! But it didn’t really matter because John put it in.

“He then set the ball nicely in my path for the second goal, so I just tried to bend it around the keeper and thankfully it went in.

“It always great to be able to chip in with goals, but more important was the fact we picked up three more points.”

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