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Pedro Pereira scored a late equaliser for Bristol City during their 2-2 draw with Wigan on Sunday afternoon to ensure they extended their unbeaten home record to six matches.
Lee Johnson’s side are now sitting sixth in the Championship table after playing 14 games this term, with the Robins having learned to cope without defenders Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas who have been injured for much of the season.
There is still some room for improvement in Bristol City’s defensive efforts as they have conceded 19 goals since the start of the season, but it has not been the major issue it could have been when these two players were ruled out.
The Robins’ defensive concerns were considerably eased by the arrival of free agent Ashley Williams back in late August, as the former Swansea man has so far proven he still has the ability to compete at Championship level.
Williams has now started eight consecutive matches at the heart of defence for Johnson’s side, while he has formed a strong centre-back partnership with the likes of Taylor Moore and Nathan Baker in what is often a back-three set-up.
Should Ashley Williams now be a fixture in the Bristol City side?
The Welsh international has been a colossal presence since making his debut during the Stoke match and, even though he was only signed on a short-term deal, he has surely displayed his credentials to be involved for the remainder of the season.
However, his starting place in the side may well come under question when Kalas eventually returns from his injury lay-off, as this would leave Johnson with a tough selection call to make given the solid performances from his defenders.
It is likely there will only now be a small number of matches before Johnson is forced into making such a decision, which means Williams will know it is now more important than ever that he keeps impressing in the Robin’s back line.
It seems that the 35-year-old has settled in nicely at Ashton Gate and he will surely be eager to extend his stay beyond January if he keeps his place in the side, but he will not want to be left on the bench at his current age.
The next few matches could dictate what Williams’ role will be at the club for the remainder of the season, but it would surely be foolish for the Robins to let him depart if his current vein of form continues.