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Robbie likes going on his travels

ROBBIE Williams believes he shouldn't have to pay so much board at home - as with all Accrington's travels he is never there!

IT’S MINE ... Stanley defender Robbie Williams and Dino Maamria
IT’S MINE ... Stanley defender Robbie Williams and Dino Maamria

ROBBIE Williams believes he shouldn't have to pay so much board at home - as with all Accrington's travels he is never there!

"I am thinking about asking for a reduction," smiled the 24-year-old defender. "I am never there on Friday nights!"

Trips to Barnet, Dagenham, Gravesend and last Saturday's trip to Stevenage have warranted overnight stays and soon, of course, it is the big trip to Second Division Bournemouth in the FA Cup second round.

"Obviously all the lads are looking forward to it. We were slightly disappointed when the draw was made but we have just got to try and get a result and enjoy it - and make sure we play well."

Former Liverpool trainee Williams is one of only three ever-presents in Stanley's side this season, alongside Steve Hollis and Lutel James. However, he will sit out a one-match suspension against Barnet following his fifth booking at Stevenage if Stanley's appeal against it fails. Boss John Coleman felt his defender hadn't touched the Boro player. "Robbie got booked for getting the ball and walking away. He didn't deserve it," said the Reds chief.

It is frustrating for Williams who has been outstanding at the back for the Reds although he knows his place is under threat as much as anyone else's. So far it has been Jonathan Smith and Steve Halford who have been fighting for the other central defensive position but Williams is aware it could be his turn at any time.

"I know I have to go out there and do my best every game I play. I can't afford any slip-ups. I think there has only been three games where I have felt disappointed with my performance but other than that, I have been pleased with the way it has gone. But both Hacker and Smithy are good players and so I know I have to go out there and keep playing well. I can't be complacent as, if I do miss a game or have a bad one, I could lose my place.

"I have been dreading the fifth booking as I had to try and keep the referee sweet against Hereford as I came close to going in the book a couple of times. But now I will have to miss a game which is obviously disappointing. I felt it was harsh."

While there is still all the fuss with the FA Cup, the Conference play-offs are Stanley's main aim and they are still in a prime position to make sure they are involved come May.

"I haven't been overly surprised with our form this season, I thought we would do okay," admitted the centre back. "It is credit to the team, all the lads have done really well. We have a lot of quality in the side and there are some great players at this club. We have got to make sure we win our home games and pick up draws and perhaps a couple of wins away from home and stay in the top pack.

"We have got to try and get into the top six over Christmas and then try and make sure we stay there and get into the play-offs. I have noticed the step up - you have to concentrate more, the players are obviously better and there is more football played although it is just as physical. I think the best forwards I have come up against so far have been Sean Devine from Exeter and probably Luke Rodgers from Shrewsbury. They were both sharp."

Williams though is enjoying the season - and Stanley's moment of fame with the Huddersfield win on BBC1. "I was working in Stoke the other day and one of the men there said 'I saw you on TV'- it is quite nice really although I didn't know what to say!"


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