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J Williams | "We needed a strong performance"

Jonny Williams said the squad wanted to put in a strong performance against Leyton Orient following the weekend's disappointment at Grimsby.

6 September 2023

Gills midfielder pleased to record home win in the EFL Trophy following Saturday's defeat at Blundell Park.

Jonny Williams reflected on a positive result as he spoke to the media after the Gills came from behind against Leyton Orient to secure a 2-1 win at Priestfield.

After making an impressive start to the season, clinching four wins from their opening four games in the league, the Gills then suffered defeats to both Colchester and Grimsby, but Williams hopes the midweek win will boost confidence.


Beating Leyton Orient


The boys were pleased in the dressing room.

“I think the first half was quite an even game. They dominated the possession at times, and we struggled to get out, but we played a much better game in the second half and showed our qualities.

“We used the pitch more, got in behind their back line, threatened their goal and I think we deserved it in the end.

“We needed a strong performance after Saturday.

“The loss against Grimsby last weekend was so unlike us, we were beaten up and the boys were down on the trip home, it was a poor performance.

“We’ve beaten a team from the league above, the fans got behind us in the second half and that really helped us to get the win and regain confidence heading into the next game.

“We want to have a winning mentality whatever competition we are playing in.

“We went out there tonight and tried to play football, we got the mix right in the second half, I think. We got in behind their back four a lot more, making some good runs, putting balls into the box and making things happen.”


The young players in the team


“I was a young player once. I know what it means to the young lads to play with the more senior players and make first team appearances.

“There are some great characters amongst the younger players. It’s great to see them get an opportunity and to work alongside them and help them progress.”


On the upcoming Harrogate game


“Looking at the league, we’ve got twelve points from six games, so it’s been a really good start. We are joint second so we want to take confidence from tonight’s win into Harrogate and get the result.”


His start at Gillingham


“I’m delighted to be here. Personally, I don’t think I’ve played at my best here yet. I can still improve; I want to contribute and give 110% in every game.

“We’ve put ourselves in a strong position in the league.

“I want to win every game, there’s more to come from me and I’ll keep giving my all to make sure we do that.”

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