George Williams wants Cambridge United to make the Abbey a ‘tough place to come’ ahead of Bolton Wanderers clash

Cambridge United defender George Williams has stressed the importance of his side making the most of their games at the Abbey this season.

The U’s host Bolton Wanderers on Saturday in their fifth League One contest of the season, and the third in front of their home support.

United have picked up four points from their two home matches to date, drawing 1-1 with Oxford United and beating Burton Albion 3-0 last weekend.

Saturday’s opponents are currently unbeaten in League One, with two wins and two draws, but Williams wants to make life tough for the visitors.

“Bolton are a good side. It’s a huge club, and they’ve started the season really well,” the defender said.

“I think our home games are going to be so important for us. We’ve got great support from the fans, and we need to make the Abbey somewhere where teams just don’t like coming.

“So far, we’ve got four points there in the league, and made it a real tough place to come.

Williams challenges for the ball against Millwall. Photo: Jacques Feeney/Getty Images
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“I spoke to one of the Oxford players after the game and the first thing he said was ‘that was horrible’. When someone says that as the opposition, you know you’ve had a good game as a team.

“We need to make it a tough place, and Bolton will be the same. They’ve started well, but we need to make it as tough as possible for them, and hopefully we can get a result.”

United currently sit 12th in League One at this early stage of the season, with five points from their opening four games.

Having got their first league win of the season last weekend, the summer signing is happy with how his side have fared to date.

“It’s been a good start,” Williams added.

The defender celebrates after giving United the lead at Millwall on Tuesday. Photo: Jacques Feeney/Getty Images
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“You can always look at when you lose and what you could’ve done better. I think Accrington Stanley was a tough game, and maybe we should’ve done better.

“Overall, we’ve had probably a tough start in the games we’ve played, in terms of the teams and the long trips to Accy and Plymouth.

“It’s been a tough start, but I think we can all say it’s been quite a good one. We just need to build on it now.”

United come into Saturday’s contest off the back of their exit in the Carabao Cup, with the U’s beaten 3-1 at Millwall.

Williams opened the scoring for United against the Championship outfit, with the stand-in skipper feeling that his side had been competitive against their higher league opposition.

“It was a game that we should’ve got something from I think,” the right-back reflected.

“We were right in it. I know 3-1 doesn’t maybe reflect that on the scoreline, but I thought we had a lot of chances.

“We were in a bit of control really before they scored. When they scored the second goal, it was a bit like ‘where’s that come from’.

“Plenty of positives to take, and on a personal note, I was over the moon to score the first goal.”

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