Reading's Williams suffers nightmare debut against IronBy Jonny Fordham
August 09, 2010
Marcus Williams is backing his old club Scunthorpe United to beat the drop after they ensured he had a nightmare Reading debut.
The 24-year-old left-back made the switch from Glanford Park to Madejski Stadium at the end of last season and made his debut for Royals in their 2-1 defeat to the Iron.
Goals from Gary Thompson and Rob Jones sunk Reading, who again relied on last season’s top-scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson to throw them a lifeline as he pegged things back to 1-1 with a stunning 25-yard effort.
And although it was hard to do so, Williams admitted that the better team won on the day.
He said: “It was disappointing to lose on my debut against my old club, but we all have to move on now.
“Many teams think they’re going to steamroll them because Scunthorpe are favourites to go down, but that’s not the case. Good luck to them for the rest of the season.
“We were obviously going into the game wanting to get the three points, but we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I know what Scunthorpe are all about and they work hard.
“We had a lot of chances and we didn’t stick them in the back of the net. I think they only had two shots on target, but it just wasn’t our day.
“All the boys were geared up for this one after a good pre-season, it’s unfortunate not to get the three points.
“The manager wasn’t happy and we know we’re better than that. Everyone is disappointed but we’ll go in this week and look forward to Wednesday’s game.”
Reading were stunned by Thompson’s opener, which a linesman originally flagged for offside, but referee Fred Graham rightly over-ruled him and awarded the ninth-minute goal.
Sigurdsson managed to level the scores in the 25th-minute, but centre-back Rob Jones put the game to bed with a powerful header in the 59th as he out-muscled Matt Mills at the far post.
“We thought the first goal was offside,” added Williams.
“The linesman had his flag up and we were getting set for a free-kick, but the next thing we know the referee has given it.
“There will be times in the season when things go against us, but we have to just get on with it really.
“We’ve got Torquay on Wednesday and we know that’s going to be a physical battle, but we’ve got a strong enough squad and strength in depth to change it about.”