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WILLIAMS READY FOR TYKES CLASH

28 November 2014

Defender Marcus Williams is ready and raring to go ahead of Saturday’s local derby with Barnsley.

The Iron will be looking to win at Oakwell for the first time in 55 years, yet United are five unbeaten on the road and will be looking to make it six.

“It’s not a good record (referring to our record against Barnsley at Oakwell,” Williams said, talking to The Iron Player.

“Obviously it’s a game that we think we can go and win.

"We aren’t afraid of anybody in this league and although the table doesn’t show it at the minute but we have a very strong squad in the dressing room and the gaffer now is starting to implement all of his ideas and he’s bringing other players in.

“We’re starting to gel now and I think everyone’s whose in and around us and the fans who have been watching us can see that now.

"It’s about getting a couple more wins and because the league is so tight, that would push us up the table.”

He added: “That’s the main thing and we will be going there to win the game. We know where can exploit them and what our strengths are.”

The full back called on his side to emulate the 75 minutes that his side put in last weekend at Crawley and stated his disappointed that United couldn’t hold out for the victory.

“For myself personally, it felt like a loss,” he stated.

“We were cruising, played well and kept the ball well. From our perspective, we conceded two sloppy goals and it was very disappointing.

"They are the sorts of points that we will need come the end of the season.”

He added: “We need to be killing off teams and hopefully we will learn from that - fingers crossed it won’t happen again.”

Williams will lock horns with former teammate Sam Winnall for the first time this weekend, with him looking to combat him and his Barnsley associates.

“We’ve got new additions and other centre-halves since he’s been here, so he’ll just be another striker to them,” said Williams.

“Miguel, if he’s selected, has played in the Championship and has experience enough to know. He’ll be looking to impress against his old team and he’s started scoring now.”

He added: “I wish him all the best, but not against us.

“As a defender, we are looking to keep goals out and clean sheets is what we try and achieve. That’s what wins games.

"It’s not just for Sam Winnall; it could be anybody out on that pitch. We want to get a positive result and do our best to keep him and Barnsley quiet.”

See much more from Marcus Williams, Ned Kelly and Liam O'Neil on The Iron Player.

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