Hartlepool Utd’s Williams rues dropped points against Scunthorpe Utd

Luke Williams in action against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID

Luke Williams in action against Scunthorpe. Picture by FRANK REID

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NEW terrace favourite Luke Williams believes the 0-0 draw with promotion chasing Scunthorpe United was a case of two points dropped, rather than one gained.

The 20-year-old Middlesbrough forward is currently enjoying a one-month loan spell at Victoria Park and he was once again outstanding for Colin Cooper’s team against the Iron, second in Sky Bet League Two.

Playing in only his third game, Williams has firmly established himself as a fans favourite and put in another man of the match display.

The England youth international lined up behind Luke James, as Cooper dropped Marlon Harewood in favour of winger Jack Barmby, on-loan from Manchester United.

Williams, who has great craft and guile with the ball at his feet, said the Pools players were disappointed not to come away with all three points.

“It was a good game overall and the second half was better for us because we played a lot more football,” said the lively forward.

“We really should have got the win and in the end we were really disappointed not to get the three points.

“We created a lot of chances but could have maybe tested the keeper more.

“Having said that, our keeper didn’t have much to do really.

“It was a bit of a hit and miss game and could have gone either way but I think we should have nicked it in the end.

“Hopefully, we can turn those snapshots into goals and once we get one, we can get two, three and four, and go on and really beat teams and have something to build on for the rest of the season.

“Scunthorpe are a lot higher and to come away with a point could be seen as a good one but we could easily have come away with a win so we feel like we have dropped two, rather than gained one.”

Williams, who worked with former Middlesbrough coach Cooper at Boro’s Rockcliffe Park HQ, said he is getting used to League Two football and is enjoying his role.

He said: “It is a bit different to what I am used to but I am slowly getting there and still think I have quite a bit to learn about League Two.

“That will slowly come with the more games I play though and I am enjoying it. Hopefully it can keep getting better for me.

“I knew a few of the lads before I came and there is a good bunch at the club, who have all made me feel welcome and helped me fit in and that has really reflected in my performances, I think.

“Just playing games and having that confidence and having a manager that trusts and believes in me is helping me to develop as a player.

“I am really enjoying my football and I just want to keep playing, keep creating chances to score goals and then take it from there.

“Where I am playing, in the hole, is my favourite position.

“If I get the ball in there then I can run straight onto their defence and that is where I can create and cause the most problems,” added Williams, capped at U17, U18 and U19 level for his country.

- RICHARD MENNEAR