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Derrick Williams has dedicated his match-winning goal at Hull to his partner and new born daughter

21 August 2019

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Derrick Williams' first goal in almost two years was certainly worth the wait, with the centre back bagging the winner at Hull City on Tuesday night.

The Republic of Ireland international was the unlikely hero when he popped up to nod home Stewart Downing's free kick just after the hour mark at the KCOM Stadium.

The defender backed the finish up with a second successive clean sheet and victory for Tony Mowbray's upwardly mobile side.

And speaking after the match, 26-year-old Williams was thrilled to get off the mark for the season, and dedicated the goal to his partner and new born daughter.

“I think I ended up cramming four celebrations into one and it was just a great feeling," he beamed when reflecting on his finish to iFollow Rovers.

"I want to dedicate the goal to my little one and my missus.

“My missus puts in such hard work with the baby and I'm really proud of her. She works so hard and allows me to rest to keep me in the best possible condition for training and games.

“All I remember about the goal is that I got good contact on the ball. The next thing I know is seeing Adam [Armstrong] running towards me and just lost my head.

“I'm more happy with the clean sheet to be honest. Especially away from home. It was an open game, both teams hit the post and we did well to stop them scoring by throwing our bodies on the line."

Not only did he break his duck, with his last strike coming in the 4-1 home victory over MK Dons at Ewood Park at the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign, but Williams also has a feeling it's the first time he's come up trumps at both ends of the pitch.

“I don't think I've ever kept a clean sheet and got the match-winning goal, so I'm delighted," he revealed.

“I felt that we played well as a team despite still being a little bit off where we want to be. But to keep a clean sheet going to a place like Hull is great and I'm happy a goal finally went in for me because it's been a long time coming.

“I get my head on a lot of things, so I'm just buzzing that one's finally gone in to take the pressure off my shoulders a little bit. Hopefully there's more to come."

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