Williams hails his comeback kings as Town leave it late again

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Luke Williams watches on from the sidelines during Town’s draw with Millwall (PIC: Richard Wintle)

Swindon Town Head Coach Luke Williams has lavished praise on his troops following their last gasp heroics against Millwall on Saturday.

The in-form Robins – who had won four on the bounce prior to the weekend – endured a disastrous start to proceedings at The County Ground and found themselves trailing by two goals inside the opening eleven minutes.

Lee Gregory glanced home from Jed Wallace’s pinpoint corner with just six minutes on the clock, before Steve Morison took full advantage of some rather generous defending to double Millwall’s advantage mere moments later.

But Town have a history of upsetting the odds and performing when the chips are down this season, having already come from behind to beat the likes of Southend United and Crewe Alexandra in spectacular fashion.

And they added yet another comeback to the list thanks to Nicky Ajose’s 21st goal of the season and Michael Doughty’s strike at the very death to leave Millwall reeling.

Swindon are now unbeaten in six and are still in contention to make a late run for the play-offs following Saturday’s 2-2 draw, leading Williams to pay tribute to his side while admitting that he’s aged pretty quickly since taking the reins at SN1.

“I think five more games like that and I’m spent,” he joked when asked if he would survive the full five-years of his contract.

“It can be nerve-wracking on the side of the pitch but when you see this group of players you do remain slightly calmer because you know that they’ve got depth of character.

“You know that they will fight until the end and it does give you a chance to remain a little bit more calm, even when the team is trailing because you know they are never giving up and they never feel like the game is over.

“Millwall are a very, very good side and I knew we had to go right down to the wire to get anything out of the game, but as the minutes were ticking away I thought maybe it was one step too far for us.

“But there is always that thing in the back of your mind with this group that they are going to do what they did and salvage a point.

“If you want to try and win lots of games you have to be able to win all different types, you have to be able to come from behind and you have to be able to go in-front and keep in-front.

“I would prefer a few more where we go in-front and stay in-front but at the moment they are showing tremendous character to come back.”

Michael Doughty’s equalising goal against Millwall was his fourth for the club since arriving on loan in January, and Williams has revealed that he has given the QPR midfielder a license to thrill.

“Michael is enjoying having that bit more of a license and he’s probably been a bit frustrated at times in his career that he’s not been able to really show people how many strings he’s got to his bow,” Williams added.

“He’s certainly showing them at Swindon.

“I think QPR would be very impressed by how dynamic Michael is – he’s aggressive defensively and he’s quick to shut people down, he doesn’t switch off for a moment and tactically he’s very aware.

“He’s played a few different positions, he knows his job in each role and he’s showed he’s brave enough to go and score goals.

“It has been a real gift to have Michael with us.”

 

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