Doncaster Rovers: Andy Williams has his confidence back

Andy Williams scored twice against Stalybridge Celtic
Andy Williams scored twice against Stalybridge Celtic

Andy Williams is beginning to look like a confident striker again.

That is the verdict of Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson after the forward netted three goals in his last two appearances.

Williams scored 22 goals during Swindon Town’s promotion-chasing campaign last season but has struggled to find his feet since moving to the Keepmoat in the summer.

Ferguson left the 29-year-old on the bench for his first game in charge, at Shrewsbury Town last month, insisting Williams needed a ‘mental break.’

And it appears to have produced the desired results after he found the net against Colchester United and twice versus Stalybridge Celtic.

“Andy trained very well after the goal against Colchester,” Ferguson said. “He looks like a confident player again.

“I thought he took his goal really well, especially with it being so early in the game. The second one, helps him as well.

“Three goals in two games, for a striker who needs confidence, he’s got it now.

“I think everyone could see, visibly, that he’d lost a bit of confidence, he was snatching at things.

“These goals will help him. I thought he did well on Saturday.”

The FA Cup clash against Stalybridge saw the return from injury of Crystal Palace loanee Keshi Anderson, who came off the bench for more than half an hour.

And Ferguson was delighted to have back a player he rates very highly.

He said: “Getting Keshi on the pitch for a period of time was great because everyone knows what I think of him.

“He needs to stay in the box a bit more but he’s a good player the boy.”