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We’ve set our benchmark now

7 August 2016

Keeper Ben Williams speaks about his clean sheet, three points and his move to Bury over the summer.

Keeper Ben Williams had a relatively quiet debut, yet despite his clean sheet during Saturday’s win over Charlton Athletic, he is fully aware that he won’t be as quiet in the games to come.  Speaking to Shakers Player HD after the game, the former Bradford keeper said:


“There are games when you have loads of saves to make and there are games like Saturdays where you expect to be busier than I was, but the lads defended fantastically as a unit and worked so hard throughout the game. I still have to organise people and, for me, that was the main job for me so that I don’t get to see the ball.


“It’s lovely to get the clean sheet on my debut, that’s what we are all striving for. I kept a lot of clean sheets last year at Bradford and that put us in the position to get to the Play-offs. We built our success on that and I know the manager has touched on this after the game. Clean sheets will always get you at least a point and give you that base to go on and win the game and on Saturday we did that fantastically well. I’ll take another 45 games like that with no problem at all.”


For an outfield player, pre-season is all about fitness and gaining strength, however it appears that it’s not quite the same for the goalkeeper’s unions as Ben explained:


“For a keeper, pre-season has been good and it’s not all about running and charging around everywhere.  It used to be like that but we do a little at the start of pre-season to get that base fitness in, but most of our pre-season has been specific work with Ian Willcock and the other ‘keepers and Wilco has been great with us and he’s put some great work into us. You go into the season and you’re good to go.”


After joining the Shakers over the summer, Ben spoke happily about life as a Shaker and his move to Gigg Lane from Bradford City:


“I’m eight weeks in and settled, it’s a great group of lads and, along with the manager and staff, they have been fantastic from the Chairman down.  Obviously, the training facility speaks for itself and will, itself, attract players to come to Bury but to have a group of lads that are willing to put the work in on that training ground is great.  We have a good group of honest lads that really want to work for each other and want to do well for Bury Football Club.


“Leaving Bradford was one of those things. Given the options that were put in front of me at the time, coming to Bury was the best option for me and my young family.  Obviously, I had two years there and had a fantastic time with Bradford with the FA Cup run and the Play-offs.  It can be difficult as you do make friends and acquaintances along the way, that will stay friends outside of football, but you just make sure that your work stays professional and that’s what I am doing.”


As for the rest of the season, Williams joked that his target now was to keep another 45 clean sheets, but explained that he sets himself targets just like any outfield player:


“The plan is to keep 45 more clean sheets, but you have set targets for the season and I will adjust those targets along the way. Saturday was the first one with the win and clean sheet but now we just have to maintain that level of performance. We’ve set a benchmark for ourselves and the only way from that is to move forward every day.”


Watch the full video interview with Ben Williams on Shakers Player HD.  A taster of that interview, as seen on our YouTube Channel is shown below.

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