Interview : Andy Williams : 31/08/2013
Andy Williams Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Reading
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Yeovil Town's on loan striker Andy Williams spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had lost 0-1 to Reading on Saturday 31st August 2013.

CS: Andy, I think everyone acknowledges that Yeovil Town had a much better performance than last Saturday (against Derby) but ultimately no points again.

AW: Yes, I think if you went into the dressing room after the game, then you'd just see how gutted we were. It's not just the fact that we've lost 1-0, it's the manner in which we've lost as well. I think that anyone at the game could probably see that we dominated for the majority of the game. We possibly weren't just clinical enough at the right time in front of goal. Sometimes you get done by a sucker punch at the other end, but it wasn't even that in the end. They literally got given the goal, and I think that's cost us the game in the end.

CS: I know you were up the other end of the pitch, but I also know that players talk during the game and after the game. Luke (Ayling) went in on (Adam) Le Fondre. There looked to be minimal contact. What's he said to you and your team-mates about it?

AW: I think that's exactly what he's said. There was barely any contact, and I'd have loved to have seen the same opportunity at the other end, as I'm even convinced we had a couple at the other end, and he could have easily evened it up. But for whatever reason he chose not to. To be honest, I think it's a bit of a sore subject for anybody who has been at Yeovil for more than a year or so. I don't really think the referees have helped us a lot, although I've got to be careful what I say there!

CS: I saw you got a yellow card for your frustrations with the referee there. Michael Ngoo went down and we all thought that he had his legs taken from under him. I guess that was your thought as well?

AW: Yes, I think he had two. I think with the second one, when he sort of threw him because he was lunging for the ball you don't always get them, but the kid has just wiped him out. With the first one, I don't really know what you've got to do to get a penalty. He's got the ball, and he's taken a touch out from his feet, and as he stands there, the kid has just chopped him down. But unfortunately it wasn't seen as such. Maybe if he'd got blown over (by the wind) it would have been given or something!

CS: So a frustrating afternoon, but I guess the set of players can see the difference between the Derby performance and the performance this afternoon. It was a transformation, and the team can see their Championship confidence.

AW: Yes, I think Reading have come here, and they're obviously a decent side, and we had to be on our game to get something out of it. I think we deserved something, and we played well enough to get something out of it. I think we put on a little bit of a performance for the crowd. We created a few chances, and a number of chances at the end that maybe we should have been a bit more clinical with and done a bit better with.

But I think the lads are happy enough with the way that we played. We've worked hard this week on getting that sorted, and I think a sign of that came during the League Cup game as well, as we showed in patches that we were turning the corner. Again today we did that but the result hasn't come, but the performance is there and that's something to build on now. We've got a little bit of a break before the next game, but we've got a lot more time to work on it, and make sure that we're a lot more solid for the next match.

CS: You obviously played last Saturday after you'd only had one day's training. Do you feel more settled as a Yeovil Town player now you've been back for over a week, and you've trained properly with your team-mates?

AW: Yes, obviously last week I came in and I didn't quite know everybody's names. I'd kept in touch with a few, as I knew the ones that were here when I was here last time, but there's not too many of them left. So it took a little bit of time to get used to everyone. But they're a great group of lads, and I think with the way things are done around here you tend to get a good group of individuals who are gelling together as a team and that's how you get the best out of them. That's how they got into this league and that's hopefully how we're going to progress in this league as well.

CS: Now the international break, which Yeovil Town certainly aren't used to. I don't think you've played at this level, so you're not used to it either. It's a strange thing in that you just get the season started and now you've got a couple of weeks without a game.

AW: Yes, it's obviously disappointing for one of the lads, who should have been away with his international side. I think Wayne (Hennessey) is going away with Wales, so a few of them will have an opportunity to stay fit with their international sides. With the rest of us, it's a bit of a new experience for some of us. Whether we'll be twiddling our thumbs at home or not, I'm not sure, but I'm sure we'll be worked hard in training in the meantime.

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