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REACTION: Williams Praises His Troops After Coventry Win

25 February 2017

Town Head Coach Luke Williams expressed his delight when talking to the local media in the wake of his side’s superb 3-1 victory away at Coventry City earlier today. Here are the key points from what he had to say…


ON THE RESULT AND PERFORMANCE:


“Both teams were really trying to take all the points and were really aggressive. We made the breakthrough and then followed that up and after that it was more difficult for Coventry.


“The first two goals were two very, very good deliveries and two very good finishes and Nicky (Ajose) has to open his foot and make the perfect contact (for the first goal) because of the angle of the ball and he did that.


“Jon Obika then made the correct choice of finish to dive and head the ball, so those two goals were great deliveries and great finishes.


“The majority of goals all over the world are scored inside the box and it is about trying to deliver into that area with quality and then for players inside the box to anticipate and select the right finish.


“It is great to win every game and we know that Coventry are down there with us and it is denying them valuable points as well.


“A lot of teams around us won so we’ve kept up with everybody and now, after a good performance against Oldham and a good performance today, we have hopefully learned some valuable lessons and we can push on.”


ON COVENTRY CITY’S SECOND-HALF RESPONSE:


“I completely expected that and we spoke about it at half-time. It is about personality at that point and it is about how strong you are as an individual and then that combined effort from the players will give you a group mentality to stick together and put your body in-front of the ball.


“That is the reality of League One football, particularly at this time of year and at the bottom of the league.”


ON LEARNING LESSONS:


“If we learn the lesson now and it is enough to keep us up then, as much as we are disappointed with this season as a whole, we know valuable lessons were learned for players to then go and build on it.”


ON JON OBIKA’S FINE PERFORMANCE:


“It is difficult for anybody to play against Jon because of his attributes as a player, but we’ve positioned him where it is difficult to know whose job it is to pick him up and it is hard to know whether a defender comes out to challenge him or if a midfielder drops.


“Then, of course, if somebody drops on Jon then you give more space to somebody like Charlie Colkett, which is not a good idea either.


“That seems to have worked well and Jon can compete for the first long pass as well and he can bring the ball out of a thick area of bodies and, even on a difficult pitch like today, he can take that pass along the ground.


“He deserved his goal and it was another good performance from Jon.”


ON THE COVENTRY PLAYING SURFACE:


“It was incredibly difficult to play on and, again, that is the reality of where we are and this wonderful club has to be in a partnership with a rugby club at the moment and that is taking its toll on the pitch.”


ON LLOYD JONES’ INJURY:


“We don’t know exactly yet but the good thing was that he walked off the pitch and he wasn’t stretchered off or anything of that nature.


“We’ll assess it over the next 48 hours and hopefully it will settle down.


“It is hard to know what he’s done because it is not my remit but I trust the Medical Staff to find out exactly what the problem is.


“Dion Conroy came on, looked strong and picked up where Lloyd left off and that is a great thing to have in the squad.”


ON YASER KASIM NOT BEING INVOLVED:


“Yaser had a scan which didn’t reveal too much but he’s still feeling some pain in his ankle and there was no need to risk him.”


ON BUILDING ON TODAY’S WIN:


“We take a lot of encouragement from what I considered to be a very good performance against Oldham and we created lots and lots of chances – the only disappointing thing in that game was to have not scored.


“It was a good performance today in difficult circumstances and we scored the goals, but I’m disappointed that we conceded because I think we did so much to protect Lawrence Vigouroux and then Brandon (Ormonde-Ottewill) suffering from cramp at the vital moment allowed the player a sight at goal.


“That was unfortunate but we were good value for the win today.


“The performances will hopefully build the confidence and we’ll be able to see some consistency.”


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