ANDY Williams has taken a chunk of responsibility for Swindon Town’s 1-0 defeat at Notts County by saying he must be more clinical up front.
The former Yeovil striker, who made a surprise return to the starting line-up at Meadow Lane after a rapid recovery from a knee injury, saw one effort well saved by Notts keeper Bartosz Bialkowski in the first half before failing to find the unmarked James Collins in the area less than 60 seconds before Alan Judge netted the Magpies’ winner.
Williams’ goal return of four in 21 appearances is not exactly prolific but the frontman endured a similar dry spell for his former club last term, where he netted just three times for the Glovers before Christmas, only to find his shooting boots in the new year - ending 2011/12 with 17 goals to his name.
The 26-year-old is now targeting another rich run of goalscoring form to help Town back up the League One ladder.
He said: “Personally I’m just a bit disappointed with the way things went and as a team we did well in patches, for half an hour in the first half I thought we were the best team by a mile and unfortunately it was just one of those sucker-punches when they went down the other end and took their only chance of the game.
“We were chasing after that and that’s a hard thing to do in League One against a good side.
“Personally I’ve got to hold my hands up and say when we’re on top we’ve got to be a lot more clinical.
“Teams punish you at the other end so we should be doing that to the teams that are giving us opportunities.
“Unfortunately today I only had a couple of shots but I should have got more shots away and I should have got one in for Collo literally just before the goal when they went up the other end and scored.
“I think all of us will admit we could probably be a bit more clinical in front of goal but that’s something we need to work on.
“I had a good run in the second half of last season and I just hope I can start that a bit earlier this season because we’re eighth in the table which is not where we want to be.
“All it takes is a good run in this league to take you right back up there and that’s what we need to happen right now.”
Williams insisted that starting at Meadow Lane was not a risk, despite his quick return to first-team action.
When asked how he felt after the game, he said: “It’s just the same as it does after every game. If I wasn’t fit enough to start then I wouldn’t have started.
“I felt alright during the game, my physical conditioning wasn’t anything that affected my performance.”