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Williams: Positivity powering Rovers ahead of Orient test

5 January 2023

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Williams: Positivity powering Rovers ahead of Orient test

5 January 2023

Ro-Shaun Williams believes the power of positivity is driving Rovers forward as they prepare to face Sky Bet League Two leaders Leyton Orient this weekend.

The defender pointed to a collective positive mindset as the reason Rovers were able to respond to disappointment at Tranmere Rovers on Boxing Day with back-to-back wins.

And he feels the group is in a good place as they head to Brisbane Road this weekend.

Williams on the test of Leyton Orient:

“It’s going to be a tough game as we know that. I know the manager and some of the players do - we’ve worked under him here. They’re top of the league, they’ll have a lot of fans there and it’s a good fixture for us to go into and perform.

“It’s just another game. As a team well approach it how we do any other, look to perform, get three points and play how the manager wants us to play and individually perform well.”

On the good run of results:

“We’ve been working under the head coach a while now so it’s easier to implement his style of play. We’ve also got a few players that have been out that are back now and fully fit.

“We’ve been sticking together, listening to the head coach, the staff and working hard as a team.

“We’ve done our individual stuff with the head coach and the staff. We’ll do it out on the training pitch and it’s probably the best type of stuff that I’ve done since I’ve been in a first team environment.

“The head coach is open and honest and easier to talk to than most managers I’ve had. You can talk to him about stuff and how you’re feeling. I feel like he listens and gives his honest assessment back. He’s a good guy really.”

On performing well as a team following Boxing Day:

“I think Tranmere was not our best game as a team. They outfought us and were better at things that we usually pride ourselves on.

“But the two games after, we dug deep as a squad in the quick turnaround between games. It was a good environment in the days leading up to the games and there was a positive attitude going in.

“We got two good results at home, which was really good.”

On his own form:

“I was disappointed with the own goal against Rochdale. I thought I played well but I probably should have got into position earlier, moved my feet quicker and got better contact when the ball came in.

“That’s football and we helped each other out. We got four goals and were disappointed to concede three goals but the scoreline and the points were the most important thing.

“I was ready to put in a good performance in the next game and all the boys were. If more players play well than not, we get the three points.

“I was happy we got the points and relieved that we won the game against Carlisle. I was disappointed that we didn’t keep a clean sheet.”

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