Fulham's Williams loving the grind in not-so-pretty Championship
Fulham has endured a horror start to its first Championship season in over a decade, after relegation from the Premier League, managing four losses and one draw from its opening five league fixtures.
The Cottagers secured their first win of the 2014-2015 campaign with victory over Brentford in the League Cup and take on Reading this Saturday.
Williams, who made his Fulham first-team debut in midfield in the 1-0 loss to Wolves on August 20, said the young side is starting to gel.
“We’re getting better as the weeks go on because everyone’s getting used to and more familiar with each other,” he said.
“We’ve just signed a player, Matt Smith, who’s a big kind of target man, who can add some experience in the Championship. Hopefully he can get us a few goals and help us push up the table.”
William’s Fulham debut came two and half years after he arrived at the west London club from Portsmouth, after experiencing loan spells at Gillingham and Oxford United.
“It’s been a long time coming I guess,” the 20-year-old said.
“But I’ve just been patient and went out on loan and it obviously did me a world of good. I managed to sign a new contract and now I’ve made my debut. I’ve just got to try and stay in the team now.
“I’ve started two out of a potential four games. I’m happy with that at the moment but as far as the team goes, we’re a really young team and half of them have only just made their professional debuts.
“I think with a few games under our belts and a few more experienced players that hopefully that we can get in will be a lot better for us moving forward.”
The winger racked up eight goals and five assists in 42 appearances for Oxford United last season.
Williams, who has been used in central midfield against Derby and on the right flank against Brentford, said he only felt a few nerves when he walked out at Craven Cottage against Wolverhampton.
“Surprisingly I thought I would have been nervous walking out the tunnel but I wasn’t at all,” the Young Socceroo said.
“But that’s good as it shows my experience now that I’ve played in a few big games against some big crowds.
“I was a little bit nervous but as soon as you touch the ball all the nerves go away and the business starts.”
A Ross McCormack goal was enough for Fulham to defeat Brentford in the second round of the League Cup.
Williams, the younger brother of Socceroo Rhys, said the victory can be a turning point and maybe the Cottagers had underestimated the toughness of the Championship.
“The way we performed that day was good, we really grinded out a win and I think that’s what we need,” he said.
“When our style of football isn’t working we’re going to need to grind the game out and defend as a team and not be so pretty sometimes.
“I think that’s how the league is. Some games you’ll be able to play nice football and some games you have to sit behind the ball and smash it up the pitch.
“I think that’s why its caught so many people out. They don’t expect it. For one, I think they underestimate it a little, the strength.
“You just don’t get time on the ball in this league compared with the Premier League.
“In the Premier League you have loads of time, you can turn players and play nice football.
“But down here it’s just a bit of everything – 100 miles an hour, tackles flying in everywhere. I love it, I like that kind of football, mixed in with a bit of nice football.”