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Williams Previews Walsall Trip

16 April 2017

Town Head Coach Luke Williams admits he is still trying to get the balance right between attack and defence ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Walsall.


The Reds have conceded only one goal in their last four outings but have found goals hard to come by themselves and they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by AFC Wimbledon on Good Friday.


With a win a must at the Bescot Stadium tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off), Williams conceded that he’s got a lot of thinking to do before his team prepare to do battle against The Saddlers.


“We have to really try and analyse what we have done well in the recent games and what we need to improve on,” he said.


“The idea is to tinker as little as you can and make the maximum impact, so we have to use the squad appropriately because of the games being so close together.


“There’s a lot to think about.


“One of the key things in this type of scenario is to not give yourselves too much to do in a game, don’t start badly and be 2-0 down at the break and then you need real heroics just to get level before you even think about going and winning.


“To always be one goal away from winning the game, which we’ve been for so much of the last four games, it is tempting to change but that always gives us a chance to win.


“I would like much more going forward and I would like us to be able to create far more chances for Nicky (Ajose) to get those tap-ins inside the box, but I’ve set the team up before to completely dominate the game and to get lots of chances and we as a group have not been good enough at that.


“I need to be practical and think of ways to make sure that I give a healthy balance to attack and defend.”


Erhun Oztumer scored two wonder goals the last time these two sides met and Williams is well aware that his side will need to try and put the shackles on Walsall’s leading goalscorer on Monday. 


“He’s a very, very talented player and they were genuinely two of the best goals that I’ve seen in the four years I’ve been working in League One football,” he continued.


“They were incredible.


“Whilst the first one was such quick thinking and perfectly executed technique, the second goal was really out of the top drawer.


“To take a ball on the angle over the shoulder and hit it with the outside of the left boot across goal was really stunning, so we have to be very mindful of him and try and make sure that we don’t give him even a half chance.”


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