Doncaster Rovers: ‘I can handle weight of expectation’ - Andy Williams

Andy Williams (right) pictured in action for Swindon.
Andy Williams (right) pictured in action for Swindon.

Andy Williams says he will thrive on the pressure of becoming Doncaster’s new goal-getter.

On the back of an excellent campaign with Swindon Town, the 28-year-old striker will be seen by many on the outside as the ‘20-goal-a-season’ man Rovers have lacked since Billy Sharp departed.

Inside the Doncaster dressing room, Rovers’ newest recruit is also likely to feel a weight of expectation to deliver the goods. The team’s wastefulness in front of goal was held up by several members of the squad as one of the main reasons for their failed play-off bid last term.

Williams - who netted 22 times for the Robins last season - insists that pressure will not bother him.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Williams said.

“I’m getting used to the expectation on my shoulders now as a goalscorer and it’s something I think I thrived on last season.

“Hopefully I can do the same here.

“At my first two clubs I scored on my debut and kicked on from there.

“The next two after that it’s taken me a little longer to get going but hopefully here I will hit the ground running and get a few goals early on.

“It’d be nice to score on the first day of the season and get off to a flying start but I’m sure if people are patient with me the goals will come.”

He added: “Apart from goals I’d like to think I will bring a lot of pace and energy. I think my movement’s good and I like to play on the shoulder of the last defender a lot.

“As a result of my size and the way I’ve played in the past I can also have it played into my feet and mix it up if I need to. I’m confident I can cause a lot of headaches for defenders in this league.”