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Williams on leadership and focus ahead of Charlton visit

24 March 2022

Ro-Shaun Williams insists the Rovers squad are fully focused on the task at hand as they prepare to welcome Charlton Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers head into the game looking to cut the four point margin to safety and defender Williams says there is a determination to build on the good work of the previous couple of months.

Williams on last weekend’s draw at Fleetwood:

“It was good to get a clean sheet as a defender but it was just unfortunate that we couldn’t get the goal, having dominated the first half and having a few good chances.

“We had to dust ourselves down after the Gillingham game and we all had to be positive heading into that one.

On his time out injured:

“It was difficult being on the sidelines. It’s probably the hardest part of being a footballer, being injured.

“When I was injured I was just doing the right things to try to be back as soon as possible and as fit as I could.

“It’s been disappointing being out for so long and since I’ve come back it’s been hard to get up to 100 per cent.

“It’s been a learning curve and hopefully it helps me grow as a person and a player in future years.”

On stepping up as one of the more experienced players in the squad:

“I feel like this season has brought a lot out of me this season.

“At my previous club I was probably one of the youngest and least experienced players.

“With the squad as it is here, I’ve probably played in the top five most games in my career.

“It’s brought out a different side of me. I’ve got to be more vocal, more of a leader and help the young ones out in the best way I can - speaking about their performances and doing the right things.

“It’s helped me grow and do the right things on and off the pitch as well.”

On the push for survival in Sky Bet League One:

“We’re working on it week in, week out with the staff. They’re giving us a lot of information.

“We know the task that we’ve got ahead of us.

“We’ve had points in the season where we’ve been a long way behind but we’re getting closer and closer.

“It’s about bridging the gap as a squad and the staff are helping us believe we can do that.

“We’ve got to keep working and taking each game as it comes.

“We have to be positive. We’re in a six or seven team mini-league to stay up.

“After Christmas we’ve had the most positive results and we’ve climbed up the table to give ourselves a chance. We need to build on that.

“We’ve got seven massive games - seven finals. We’ve got to be focused on the right stuff during the week to give us the best chance of getting those results.”

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