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Shaun: Much-needed win

4 November 2013

Defender Shaun Williams feels Saturday’s victory over Walsall was much-needed, given the side’s recent run of poor results.

.mkstadiumKarl Robinson’s side had lost five of their previous six games heading into last weekend but a delightful 65th minute free-kick from the Irishman was enough to secure them a valuable three points, in what was a tight-affair at

The result sees the men from MK1 claw themselves back to eighth and within a point of the play-off places and Williams, who took his tally for the season up to six with the goal, is pleased to be heading into this two-week The FA Cup with Budweiser break on the back of a key win.

Speaking to MK Dons Player after the game, the 27-year-old said: “It definitely was an important win. Over the last few weeks we’ve struggled getting three points on the board and to get them back, at home, was much needed.

“Walsall are a good side and they caused us a lot of problems ever since I’ve been here. They’ve beaten us a number of times so for us to dig out a 1-0 win was pleasing.

“The Gaffer said to us he didn’t want to go into the next two weeks without a win on the board so I’m glad we’ve been able to get three points and now we can look forward to the FA Cup game and take our mind off the League for a bit.”

It has been a testing few weeks for the Dons’ defence with injuries and suspensions preventing boss Robinson from being able name an unchanged back-five.

However, despite a further two chances made both prior and during the game on Saturday, the Dons were able to keep their first clean-sheet in nine League games, something which delighted man-of-the-match Williams.

“The clean sheet was long overdue” he added. “We’ve worked really hard on our defensive shape and I was just glad for the back four and the two goalkeepers that we didn’t concede.

“Before I came here I wasn’t a defender, but now I am I know what it means to keep a clean sheet. Obviously defenders don’t get the chances to score goals like the forwards, so it’s almost like their goal.”

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