Marcus Williams was pleased to recover from injury and return to the starting eleven away at Bristol City on Saturday.The left-back had missed the midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against the Spireites through injury.
He gave The Iron Player his take on the defeat, explaing: “We always knew it would be difficult as Bristol City have a very strong squad having come down from the Championship.
“I think a lot of sides will come here and struggle because not only is their starting eleven great, but they’ve also got impressive strength in depth coming off the bench.”
The Robins’ strength in depth was on display when substitute Greg Cunningham doubled his side’s lead, coming off the bench one minute prior to his 83rd minute effort.
Williams featured on the left-side of midfield and was in charge of marking Mark Little, who the 28-year-old claimed was “at times playing like a striker on the far side.”
He added: “I had a difficult job to do today but I stuck to it and enjoyed it. However, it’s about the team and we didn’t get the points on the board, which is frustrating.”
Despite not getting the result they wanted at Ashton Gate, the Iron produced a solid performance and were arguably unlucky in defeat.
Things could have been different if Canavan’s effort was not cleared off the line or McSheffrey’s venomous shot had not been denied by the woodwork.
Williams said: “I think there are positives to take from the game. We came here to stop them and try and break them down, which in areas I think we did well.
“Obviously we gave away two silly goals from our point of view but, as always, we’ll analyse the performance through the week and move on for the next game.”
The next fixture in the Iron’s busy schedule is against Chesterfield next Saturday. This is the first time all season that the squad will have a week’s rest between matches, a nice break according to the left-sided defender.
He said: “It’ll be good to get a break, especially because some of the lads have played nine games in four weeks. It’s been tough but we can now get on the training pitch, work on things and get a good seven days of preparation behind us.”
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