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Williams: Let's make Ewood a fortress

Derrick's prepared for some stick when Bristol Rovers visit Ewood Park this Saturday, and wants the team to transfer their away form into home victories

23 November 2017

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As a former Bristol City player, Rovers defender Derrick Williams says he's prepared for "a few boos" when Bristol Rovers make the trek from the south-west to the north-west on Saturday afternoon.

Williams spent three years in Bristol, representing City over 100 times, before making the move to East Lancashire in the summer of 2016 and is expecting some harsh words from the travelling contingent.

Derrick was actually a Bristol City player the last time the derby between the two came about in 2013, and although he didn't play in City's 2-1 win on the night, says it's a hotly contested clash between the two sides when they do meet.

"I'll probably get a few boos from the travelling fans, but that doesn't bother me," the 24-year-old says.

"I'm looking forward to the game and hopefully we can extend our winning run with another victory.

"It's a big derby down there between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers and I expect a bit of abuse, but I think that comes with the territory."

Back to Rovers and the present day, Derrick wants momentum to carry the team through into another week of Saturday-Tuesday games, with a trip to Blackpool on the agenda in midweek.

But first and foremost it's about taking that brilliant recent away form - where Rovers have well beaten both Bury and Oxford on the road - to Ewood Park.

"It's a massive week for us, especially coming back to Ewood," Williams confesses.

"We want to make it a fortress at home, play some good football, and make it difficult for teams to come to Ewood. We want to make it a daunting prospect for opponents who play us at home.

"With the lads playing so well at the moment and with confidence high, I expect us to carry on this good form."

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