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Williams on 'emotional' strike

9 February 2015

Midfielder breaks his duck

Danny Williams has revealed that his winning strike at Molineux on Saturday let off weeks of frustration as he chalked up his first goal of the campaign.

The American international, who missed the opening three months of the season through injury, fired home Garath McCleary’s cutback to seal three points for Steve Clarke’s men in the Midlands – and his celebration showed exactly how much it meant. 

“It was emotional. I was frustrated because I haven’t scored yet this season, in my position you can score five or six goals a season and I was happy we secured the three points,” said the 25-year-old.

“I wanted to give the Reading fans something back as well. They always make it easy for me to play, home or away they welcome me with open arms – I wanted to give something back. Thank god it was today. I have a great relationship with the fans here in Reading. Last season they welcomed me and made it very easy for me to settle in. It was always good to give something back with a goal. I was happy as a player when they came off the pitch and sung my name. It was also my first goal outside of London!”

Williams believes the Royals’ current playing style also suits games on the road, with the club losing just one of their six away games under Clarke – picking up wins over Huddersfield, Cardiff and Wolves.

“The base always focusses on the defence – if you don’t concede you always have a point at least, but we all know we have big quality in the team especially on the counter away from home. We have – Garath McCleary, Hal Robson-Kanu, Pavel and Coxy – they are all decent players away from home then with Nate and me in midfield we like to run forward too. We are a threat away from home and in the last game at Madejski Stadium against Sheffield Wednesday, we showed we can create chances against a team with a great defensive record.”

Finally, Danny revealed how Yakubu was settling into life at Hogwood Park!

“He’s a great guy, a great guy! Very strong as we all know, I sit next to him in the changing room and so don’t have much space! He’s quiet, doesn’t speak too much but when he does it’s quite funny! I’m getting on well with him.”


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