Tom Williams praises Dean Smith influence on Walsall

Tom Williams
Williams has scored one goal in 14 games for the Saddlers

Walsall full-back Tom Williams has praised the work of boss Dean Smith in keeping the side up.

Williams, 30, joined the Saddlers in February, and played a key role in guiding the club to League One safety.

Williams told BBC WM: "The gaffer has been fantastic. He's been a breath of fresh air, there hasn't been an ounce of negativity even given our position.

"Dean realised he had a good group and just to keep things simple, we've done that and been on a great run."

The Saddlers secured their League One status despite a 3-1 defeat at promoted Southampton on Saturday.

Williams, who joined as a free agent after being released by Bristol City, was pleased to have achieved survival with the Black Country side.

"My aim when I came here was to keep this club up. I didn't want a relegation on my CV so I'm happy," Williams added.

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