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“It’s all about momentum”

18 September 2016

Williams delighted to keep run of results going

Reading midfielder Danny Williams was delighted that the Royals could keep the wheels moving in the right direction with a win at Barnsley on Saturday.

First-half goals by Garath McCleary and John Swift – a rebounded penalty and a long-range firecracker – were enough to see the Royals to a 2-1 victory, and taking the Royals’ points tally to 11 from the last 15 available in the Championship.

The one downside from the affair was the dismissal of McCleary – after Williams had been fouled by Tykes captain Conor Hourihane and then got an earful to boot, McCleary stepped in and was subsequently sent off for his intervention.  The second half needed a resolute and gritty display, especially once Adam Armstrong halved the deficit, but a determined Reading side got over the line.

“The dressing room was bouncing at the end,” Williams said after the match.  “But it’s all controlled – we’re not getting carried away by these results.  It was a massive result and Barnsley are a very good team, especially their front four, so we had to dig deep today to get the three points and that’s all that matters.

“This result gives the lads a massive boost in confidence again – we know that we can go anywhere in this division and beat anyone.  Even against Newcastle… I know we were beaten 4-1 but we looked very good there as well.

“It is amazing for the guys and I’m very pleased.  Swifty – what a goal.  And G [Garath McCleary] put the ball away again – if we had stayed at 11 men I think the score could have been even higher.  But we didn’t – so these wins taste good as well.

“I’m an emotional player, and G is as well like your saw today.  He tried to help me out because I was fouled [by Hourihane] and then he leaned over me and called me something.  And then G helps me out and he gets a ban for three games.  That’s football.  But we are happy with the three points.”

And the USA international is hopeful of carrying the momentum forward with two important games coming up – an EFL Cup third round game at Brighton followed by a Championship meeting with league-leaders Huddersfield next weekend.

“We’re unbeaten in a month – and it’s all about momentum in this division,” he continued.  “It’s about consistency… all the same old words which people can’t hear anymore! 

“But I’ve been here for three years and this league is very tough and it’s about momentum.  So we have to focus ourselves now on Brighton – it’s in the cup, but it’s an important game.”

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