Williams helps Barnsley batter Bradford

Aussie Ryan Williams has helped Barnsley come from behind and beat Bradford 3-1 on his League One debut for the Yorkshire club.

Williams was making his first league appearance for Barnsley after joining on a one-month loan from Fulham.

The 20-year old received 36 minutes for the Reds in their Johnston Paints Trophy defeat to Oldham last week.

Williams started in a five-man midfield against Bradford and was busy as Barnsley fought back after conceding in the first minute of the match.

“It was hard because there wasn’t a lot of space in the middle,” Williams told FourFourTwo after the game.

“But I loved making those third man runs, just didn’t get the ball and could have scored from a few cutbacks. But nice way to make my debut, we all showed spirit I guess.

“He’s (manager Danny Wilson) happy we came back to win and showed pride.”

Bradford’s Jason Kennedy opened the scoring 46 seconds into the match but Barsnley leveled on 49 minutes. The Reds hit the lead at the 69 minute mark through Lewin Nyantaga and then added a third in injury time through Kane Hennings in an exciting Yorkshire derby. Fellow Australian James Meredith was on the bench for the Bantams but did not get on the park.

Williams came off after 86 minutes, after hitting the turf, but said he wasn’t injured.

“It was cramp at the end, nothing serious thankfully,” he said.

Williams, the brother of Socceroo Rhys, is hoping for an extended run in the Barnsley team, who face Peterborough this weekend.

“I hope so, I’ve showed him I can do both attacking and defending,” he said.

Williams is happy to getting some game-time after making just three appearances for Fulham this season.

“I want to play at Fulham because that’s my club, but if I’m not in the team I’d rather be out playing,” he said.

“I’m not really the kind of person to wait around for something to change, I’d rather do it myself.”