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Knowing he has to play well

Knowing he has to play well

It would be easy to drop Ben Williams following the keepers display in the 6-1 defeat against Stevenage on Boxing Day but this will not happen.

John Ward, as he told The East Anglian Times, is not going to do this as he knows that Williams is a better keeper than he may have appeared at times on Boxing Day.

Although he knows that Williams knows he needs to play well and repay this faith: 'now if I am going to chop and change, here, there and everywhere, every-time someone has a disruptive game, then I'm never going to get any kind of consistency.

'Ben knows that he can do better than that, and in the two previous games he did do better than that.

'He may be the one that says to me - 'thanks very much for giving me a chance, I'll show you I can do it.'

'I think at the moment I can say that Ben Williams will play, because I think he deserves it on the two previous games.

'He is a better goalkeeper than what we saw on Monday, and that also goes for my whole back four.

'But Ben knows that he has to play pretty well on Saturday.'

Ward reflected on the appearances prior to Stevenage to highlight just why he feels he is justified in keeping faith with Williams: 'the two games prior to that, Ben had a clean-sheet and a last minute goal against him.

'Against Bury he made two fantastic saves, which kept us in the game against a team that didn't dominate, but still had two good shots on goal.

'And away at Hartlepool, in a strong performance, he kept a clean-sheet.'

One bad game does not make a keeper a bad keeper - the problem with such a specialised position is errors are highlighted all the more.

Ward will be proven right or wrong with his backing of Williams sooner rather than later, and it would be my guess he will be proven right, but time will tell!

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Saturday December 31 2011
Time: 10:10AM

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