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Williams: Bolton is our focus

2 March 2015

Midfielder not thining about the FA Cup yet

Danny Williams says that getting a positive result at Bolton tomorrow is his only focus and that thoughts of next weekend’s FA Cup Quarter Final at Bradford have yet to cross his mind.

The midfielder played 90 minutes of the weekend’s defeat to Nottingham Forest and he is desperate for the Royals to get their league form back on track to avoid being sucked into a relegation scrap.

“Bradford is not on my mind at all because I don’t want to get relegated,” he said. “We have to concentrate on Bolton first and whatever comes after is another game, another day and another situation.

“We’re not focusing on Bradford at the moment because we have to make sure that we can win games in this division. We are nine points clear of relegation at the moment but in this league you can go up easy and down easy as well.

“We have lost the last two league games and that is not good enough. I’m confident enough to say that this team should not be in the position that we are in. Now we have to show our character.

“It’s not about when we are winning and everything is going well. We have to step up, especially me and the more experienced players, to still get on the ball and try to make things happen.

“If you hide, that is the worst thing you can do. After every game I want to be able to look in the mirror and say that I gave my best because this is the best job in the world.

“You shouldn’t fear the fact that we are fighting against relegation but we are not safe yet and we need to start winning games.”

Reading went in level at the break on Saturday, having been the better side for much of the first half.

But second-half goals from Ben Osborn, Matty Fryatt and Gary Gardner gave Forest all three points and Williams was disappointed that his side could not make their early dominance count.        

He said: “Good first half. We missed our opportunities to score. We said at half time that we needed to keep focused and concentrated. Unfortunately we conceded out of nowhere and then we were unable to come back.

“We still tried to play football and create chances but the 2-0 killed us and another great strike made it 3-0. We never should have lost that game 3-0, though, because in the first half we were definitely the better team.

“At the moment, we are just a bit unlucky in the box and maybe lacking that killer instinct. When you miss chances, and we created enough in the first half, it make it hard for us to come back if we concede.

“If you let one in, you have to try even harder to create opportunities to score; you never want to lose at home. We should never concede three goals and at the moment when teams come to us and go 1-0 in front it makes the game easier for them.

“They can sit in their own half and counter on us, like what Forest did. We were quite creative on Saturday and made a few chances but we just missed the goal.”

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