MARVIN Williams has been told to forget about tracking back so much - so he can concentrate on going forward.
Brentford's summer signing from Yeovil was one of the stars of Saturday's hugely encouraging 4-0 win over Grimsby - the team's first win of the season.
The fans certainly thought so, giving him quite an ovation when he was substituted late on.
But if the part of his game they admired most was his willingness to charge back to help out his defenders, they may have to get used to seeing less of it in the weeks ahead.
That's because Andy Scott has told the energetic midfielder that Brentford's cause is better served by Williams concentrating on offensive rather than defensive duties.
Williams explained: "Tracking back's in my game.
"When I was at Millwall, it was instilled in us over and over. But what you saw today was a lot less than what I used to do. I'm trying to get it out of my game and it has lessened.
"I'm not going to stop it completely because that's the sort of player I am, my instinct is to help out at the back, but sometimes the manager says I'm doing it a bit too much at times.
"The gaffer has given me the freedom to express myself but I've found myself tracking back when I could say to myself that Newts [Adam Newton] can do that and I don't really need to be back there.
"It's a question of getting used to a new way of playing and using my energy going forward rather than back."
Williams looks ideal for the Bees and is a player rejuvenated after a year of frustration in the West Country.
"Last year was an iffy season for me," said the 21-year-old.
"I went to Yeovil from Millwall and had a bad start with injury. I needed an ankle operation and was out for three and a half months and I was in and out of the side when I came back.
"It was hard being away from home for the first time and at the end of the season, I didn't feel the manager was trying his hardest to keep me there.
"I've got a little baby on the way too and I felt it wasn't the best to be that far away so when the gaffer came in, I didn't think twice about joining.
"One of the things that stuck in my head when I met Andy Scott was that he said he wanted
me to 'Go out and express yourself' and that's something I've always wanted to do.
"To have that feeling on the pitch is something that every player wants. I feel I'm not restricted. I think that's helping the team.
"I always go out on the pitch wanting to give 110 per cent, that's always top of my list and it looks like the fans have seen that and appreciate it."
Williams' contribution was one of many plus points in a perfect afternoon against Grimsby.
Charlie MacDonald's debut was marked by two goals - both sharp finishes that showed a poacher's instincts.
Nathan Elder was also on tar
get and dovetailed so well with his fellow striker than Alan Con-nell remained on the bench.
And the absent midfield duo Gary Smith (injured) and Marcus Bean (suspended) were hardly missed as Kevin O'Connor and Craig Pead ran the show in central midfield.
Throw in an excellent home debut from the on-loan James wilson at the back alongside Alan Bennett and it was the perfect home start for Scott.
"It was a great victory for us," Williams said. "After disappointing losses at Bury and Swansea, we bounced back well and I hope we can pull out more performances like that.
"It gives us great momentum
for this week's game at Barnet. It's good to show our home fans what we're about and what we're looking to do this season. I think there's a lot more to work on. We are all still getting to know each other and there's much more to come from us. But there's no better start than this.
"The fact we have someone like Alan Connell on the bench, who scored a dozen goals last season, shows the firepower we have in our squad and we feel there are goals in us from midfield too.
"We can go into games confident that we have potency going forward."
It was a view shared by Scott. "Charlie MacDonald showed why we bought him," the Bees boss said. "He's already shown he's got a good relationship with Nathan Elder.
"We've got very good options in the forward department and Moses Ademola can cover on the right side of midfield.
"I think the fans can see we've got a lot more pace and technical ability and a team that enjoys working together.
"I thought James Wilson was outstanding at the back and Alan Bennett was excellent. He's getting his match fitness and Mark Phillips has signed.
"We've still got a few missing but it's going to be a big headache for me when everyone's fit.
"Marcus [Bent] is available again next week and we hope Gary Smith will be available again soon, but Craig Pead has been nothing but outstanding in pre-season with his attitude. He's earned his chance and it's given me a nice problem now." Match Summary BRENTFORD (3) 4 GRIMSBY (0) 0 Line-up: Hamer; Newton, Wilson, Bennett (Phillips 87), Johnson; Williams (Ademola 74), Pead, O'Connor, Poole; Elder MacDonald. Subs not used: Brown, Connell, Osborne. Att: 4,009. GOALS: MacDonald (27), Elder (38), MacDonald (45), Poole (60).
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