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Williams inspired by MacDonald belief
ANDY Williams believes the belief new boss Kevin MacDonald instilled in his players at half-time played a major part in Swindon’s dramatic 2-1 win at Coventry.
The Robins trailed 1-0 at the break at the Ricoh Arena following an early strike from Franck Moussa, but Williams struck with five minutes to go before former caretaker player-manager Darren Ward thumped in a header to win it in the 90th minute.
Williams revealed the positive nature of MacDonald’s half-time team-talk allowed the players to believe in themselves, and admitted that may not have been the case under former boss Paolo Di Canio.
“It’s a slow learning process at the moment because we have only known him for a couple of days, and it was a lot different at half-time,” he said.
“If we were going in 1-0 down in that situation previously it would have been a very different half-time team-talk, and he was very positive indeed and he has given us a lot of belief in ourselves again and has got us passing the ball.
“We have shown a lot in recent weeks, not so much Tuesday (1-0 loss to Bury), but in the last few Saturday games we have shown we’ve got character and can go behind and get things out of games.
“We showed that again, and I think we deserved a win because we would have been disappointed with just a point because we showed enough.”
Williams was pleased to end a goal drought which saw him fail to find the net in eight games, but admitted he should have put the match beyond doubt before the break after missing two good chances.
“I did well to get in some of the positions I did, but with the first one especially I’ve got to hit the target, and then the second one was going in until it hit a bobble and hit the post. Good knows how the keeper saved it after that.
“I thought it was going to be one of those days, but things changed.
“I came off best in a little game of pinball we were playing on the line, and thankfully he couldn’t save the last one and it went into the back of the net.
“I didn’t realise it was eight games, but in the last three or four I have been very disappointed with the way I’ve been playing.
“For a few weeks we didn’t know if we were coming or going, and I think a lot of the lads found it hard. Possibly me more than others.
“There is a big relief from everyone, because anyone who watched the game would agree that if it was on points we would have won easily.
“We dominated large parts of the game and it looked like it was going to be one of those hard luck story days, but luckily we the goals we needed late on.”
The former Yeovil man was also pleased for Ward, and admitted the Town squad owed both the defender and Tommy Miller following their spell in charge of the first-team.
“I think it’s clear how hard they have had to work over the last two weeks, and we worked so hard for them and wanted to do well for them which possibly made it harder because we put things in the wrong way,” he said.
“He said he owed us one, but I think we owed them a few and it was nice for him to be able to get the goal and that win was certainly for them.”