Millwall have seen an upturn of form since Gary Rowett came into the club, and the former Birmingham boss has lost just once since joining the Lions.
He’s slightly tinkered with different parts of the game for Millwall and has tried to implement a plan for away fixtures to make sure that they give themselves an opportunity of picking up more points on the road.
One man who has been a crucial part of the way they play is Shaun Williams. The central-midfielder has been pivotal and has already made 15 appearances so far in the current campaign, showing his importance to the side both on and off the pitch.
The 33-year-old is one of the more experienced pros in the Millwall squad, but he’s showing his ability to have a massive impact on games this campaign.
Since Gary Rowett has joined the club, Williams’ performances seem to have gone up a level and on Saturday he even managed to get on the scoresheet as Millwall managed to earn a 1-1 draw away at Birmingham.
It was a fabulous strike which made it all the sweeter for the travelling Lions fans, but it wasn’t enough for them to collect all three points.
Looking at his statistics from the game, it is really quite brilliant seeing the work that he was able to put it in. If he does this every week, then he’ll be one of the best players in the Championship – and at 33-years-old.
He managed to make 10 interceptions, showing his ability to read the opposition and break down Birmingham’s strong midfield which includes playmaker Dan Crowley. Alongside that, he managed to win 83% of his aerial duels in what was a very physical battle at St. Andrews.
He has represented his country at senior level, and has shown through both club and country that he has the ability with his feet as well as through his physical and defensive attributes.
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Williams has a brilliant passing range with his feet, and that seems to be something that Rowett appears to be trying to get the best out of. He managed an 88% pass accuracy on Saturday, which is superb for this level of football and especially for a side that is known to try and kick it long.
This is more evidence that things might be changing under Rowett, and Williams could a key man in allowing that to happen.