Date: 4th November 2009 at 8:03am
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Head honcho Aidy Boothroyd has refused to criticise consistent stopper Ben Williams, who has generally performed with a slight tough of under-rated class since his summer switch from Carlisle.

Williams is enjoying a solid introduction to life at Colchester, coming with a mixed reputation but at a bargain price following some indifferent reviews after a stop-start career to date.

But the former Manchester United youth-teamer is forging a reputation in the lower leagues as largely reliable, having had the difficult task of replacing popular ex number one, Dean Gerken.

As a testament to his first-team value, Boothroyd withdrew from the chance to blame the normally sound Williams for a possible error as he suffered his first loss as boss over the weekend.

He told the BBC: “The thing about defenders and goalkeepers is, if they make an error, then everybody looks at them and points at them, because there`s no room for error at the back.

But I think Ben Williams is going to evolve into a really good goalkeeper. He`s got better and better even in the period that I`ve been here.”

Boothroyd went on to praise the “character and attitude” of a player who has previously this season stated that his personal development was hindered by a spell without a goalkeeping coach at Crewe.

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4 Replies to “Carry On Keeping: Aidy In A Williams Wonderland!”

  • Ben Williams is without a doubt a top goalkeeper. As aidy says defenders and goalkeepers errors are highlighted so much. it was a unfortunate error at saturdays game but why didnt the defense clear the ball even before it came BW way?? Back to winning ways next week 🙂 up the U’s

  • Yes he made a mistake but then look at the amazing reflex saves to prevent certain goals in the Walsall and Huddersfield games that would have otherwise cost us points. I certainly feel more confident when teams attack us than when Gerken was between the sticks

  • Yep, no way he can he be criticised. Wasn’t optimistic when he signed but was the best thing Lambert did while here. 60K was real snip! Up the U’s!

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