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SWINDON TOWN: Goal-shy Williams not blaming injuries
ANDY Williams is refusing to use his recent injury problems as an excuse for his lack of goals this season, and he intends to start finding the net on a regular basis to help Swindon Town into the top six in League One.
Williams, who joined the Robins from Yeovil in the summer, has netted four times in 21 appearances for his new side this season - a return that by his own admission is not good enough if Town are to make an impact on the promotion picture this term.
The 26-year-old has spent around six weeks on the sidelines with knee and calf knocks, meaning he has not been able to get up to top speed so far in a red shirt.
However, the striker has stressed he will not be pointing to his injuries to deflect any criticism thrown his way.
“You don’t need excuses. It’s frustrating to be like that. No one wants to be injured. Personally I want to play every week and every week I’m fit I want to be playing,” he said.
“So far it’s been good but the injury side of things hasn’t been good. I need to get a bit of momentum going through.
“I had a good run in the second half of last season and I just hope I can start that a bit earlier this season because we’re eighth in the table which is not where we want to be.
“All it takes is a good run in this league to take you right back up there and that’s what we need to happen right now.
“We’ve been getting the odd win, draw and loss everywhere so now we need to start going on a good run of no defeats for a good period of time.”
Swindon have two weeks without a game leading up to the clash with Doncaster at the County Ground on December 8 after they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first-round stage by Macclesfield earlier this month.
That gives manager Paolo Di Canio and his players plenty of time to rest and recuperate ahead of the busy Christmas period, which Williams’ recognised as being a majorly significant spell in the footballing calendar.
“I’d never say it’s the be all and end all but it is certainly an important part of the season,” he said “Obviously there are six games in a short period of time in a period where there are a lot of fans coming to games, everyone is back with their families and it’s the only period as a footballer when it’s a little bit tricky because you’re not always with your families.
“Apart from that the games come so thick and fast that you don’t really think about anything else and that’s the good thing.
“The most rewarding thing at the end of the Christmas period is to come out of it with as many wins as possible and if we can do that then who knows where we’ll be come January.”