Williams previews Boxing Day meetingMidfielder Danny Williams is keenly anticipating this year’s Boxing Day outing – which is set to be a bumper crowd against Norwich City at Madejski Stadium.
We’ll welcome our biggest home crowd this campaign for this festive fixture – and we’ll be aiming to reach the midpoint of the Championship campaign on a positive note.
“Everybody looks forward to the Boxing Day games in the UK,” said the USA international. “It’s part of the history, and it’s a great day out for families. We’ll try not to disappoint them!
“Our home record this season is pretty good – we have to turn these games into wins. There’s no easy games in the Championship, so we have to be on our game to get the result on Monday.
“But I’m sure if the fans back us up on Monday and make some noise, and if everybody performs how we have recently, I think we can get a positive result.
“Norwich are underachieving a bit this season, but we know the quality of the players they have and about their Premier League experience. It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to it.
“I think people weren’t expecting us to be so high in the table – but personally I don’t look at the table. I think we need to look game to game and make sure that we’re better than our opponent, which usually means we’ll get a result.
“But as I said, it’ll be hard – everyone has to work hard for each other, and if we do that then I’m positive we can turn the Boxing Day into a winning day.”
Williams will be available for the gaffer’s selection once again following his recent suspension – and he admits that he’s looking forward to the prospect of a game at the end of a week of training.
He also paid his compliments to the way that the squad has shown its ability to cover for absences so far this term.
“I enjoy training, but I enjoy games more!” he continued. “It was a tough period and a tough two weeks of training – Ed Franklin did everything he can do to keep me fit, and of course I trained with the team as well. But it’s tough when you see the boys winning or losing and you can’t be involved. So I’m looking forward to the game against Norwich.
“We’ve had a couple of lads injured like Swifty, who has been our standout performer this season, and the lads who have come in have done a great job. It’s good to see that our squad is that deep and we have players we can rely on whether others aren’t available. But I’m still happy to be available on Monday!”
And while the Royals have the best points-tally at this stage of the season since the 2008/09 campaign, Danny still feels there’s more to come in the second half of the year.
He continued: “As players we are still trying to adapt to how the gaffer wants us to play – I think we have done a decent job so far this season… we’re nearly halfway through and we’re on 40 points. But there’s still room for improvement.
“All the players know that we’re hungry to improve as individuals and as a team. So if everybody is following what the gaffer tells us before games, I’m positive that we can keep developing and put our stamp on that game with our possession-based football.
“Everybody works very hard – there’s a lot of hard work which people don’t see. But we still have room for improvement and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
Hoping to be part of the crowd on Boxing Day? Here’s a reminder of a few important points…
It’s set to be our biggest home crowd of the season, so there will be a lot of traffic on the roads leading to Madejski Stadium – so give yourself plenty of time to get in.
And the Ticket Office will be a lot busier than usual – there’ll be a lot more collections than usual (because of the limited Christmas post). So to avoid any long queues, we would strongly advise to arrive for 1.30pm.
There are now very few tickets remaining – availability is very limited in all areas of the ground. Most available spaces are now just single seats. So make sure you book yours at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.
Plan your journey!
Don’t forget, there are no trains running on Boxing Day. Football buses are in operation and other routes are operating a Sunday service, while there is extra parking availability thanks to Costco, who are donating their proceeds to BBC Children in Need.
For more information about travel to this fixture, click here.