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First Team News
// 27 Jul 2009

Four games, four goals – Dundalk appear to have unearthed the League of Ireland’s latest Scottish striking sensation. After scoring in wins over Derry City and Galway United, Alex Williams’ stock continued to rise last Friday night when he added two more to his tally in the Lilywhites’ facile 4-2 victory over local rivals Drogheda United, as they moved ten points clear of the relegation playoff places.

Firm focus

“I think we performed very well,” Williams told dundalkfc.com. “Personally, I felt my touch wasn’t there today, but in the end I got the two goals and we got the three points, and that’s all that matters. Things have been going well so far, I’ve been getting goals, but I can’t rest on that. I need to keep working hard every day in training. The boys have been great with me, I rate every single one of them, even the management staff and the people behind the scenes.

Homely feel

“Everyone has been great and they have made me feel at home,” he added, “which is good and it helps you settle in quicker. I’m not one of the best football players you’ll ever meet but just put the ball in the box and hopefully I’ll get there. I’ve got a wee eye for goal so hopefully I can keep that going and the boys can keep creating chances for me. It’s a group thing – everyone is so welcoming. Having Joe (Miller) and the Gaffer being so welcoming as well, it just helps you settle in quicker. I’ve worked with Joe a few times now so to work with him again helps as well.”

Steady progression

Williams’ double-strike helped to move Dundalk within five points of the last European spot but the 26-year-old insists that the squad are not getting too far ahead of themselves. “We’re not really looking at that, to be honest,” he said. “We just look at the next game and we just take every game as it comes. We know we’re progressing and we’re trying to build on that. I think the standard is really good here, there’s some good players in this league. It’s more physical here, they press the ball higher more and they’re better on the ball. The standard, in comparison (to Scotland), some of the better teams here could play in the SPL.”