Melbourne Victory defender Rhys Williams is hopeful positive results will create momentum and change the fans’ attitude this season.
Victory are in Asian Champions League (ACL) mode and prepare to travel to China next Tuesday to meet Shanghai SIPG, coming off a 3-3 home draw to K-League Classic outfit Ulsan Hyundai.
Pressure has been mounting on coach Kevin Muscat as the club sits fifth on the A-League table, with fans’ patience wearing thin with the club legend.
Williams is one of the most active Victory players on social media, conceding it was understandable the supporters were frustrated, however he said he was used to it from his time with Championship side Middlesbrough FC.
“I’m experienced enough to know that a few results changes everything, at the start of the season we went a while without winning, then we won a few on the bounce and things changed,” Williams told FourFourTwo.
“I know the fans can feel a bit hard-done-by and that’s football all over the world, not just here, so it’s up to us to turn it around.
“I’ve loved every minute of it, it’s a great club. To play under Musky is brilliant and to play with these boys is unbelievable.
“I still feel as though we are the best team in the league and we’re just not performing to our maximum yet, so hopefully that comes soon.
“We still feel like the season’s not lost. We can still finish as high as possible, go into the finals with a bit of consistency and who knows? If we can play a bit better than normal and play like we did against Ulsan then who knows?”
Williams took confidence from their performance against Ulsan, where Victory fell behind three times, but managed to secure a point.
The 29-year-old scored the equaliser against Ulsan, claiming his second goal in Big V colours.
“I thought we played really well, I thought we controlled the game from start to finish,” he said.
“You look at the goals; a free kick, avoidable, another set-piece, again avoidable, and their third goal has taken a bit of a deflection.
"I know they haven’t started their season yet, so they’re not fully up to match speed, but we played well and we’re gutted to come away with just a point.”