Williams enjoying Hibs challenge

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Ben Williams says he is thriving on the expectation to succeed at Hibs
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Ben Williams says he is thriving on the expectation to succeed at Hibs

Goalkeeper Ben Williams feels he is thriving on the challenge of turning around Hibernian's fortunes.

Hibs will go top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League - for several hours at least - if they win at Aberdeen on Saturday lunchtime following a six-match unbeaten run in the competition.

The new-found resilience is in contrast to two-and-a-half years of struggles at Easter Road which culminated in the 5-1 William Hill Scottish Cup final defeat by rivals Hearts in May.

Williams arrived from Colchester as one of 10 summer signings by manager Pat Fenlon, although captain James McPake and top goalscorer Leigh Griffiths had been on loan last season.

And the 30-year-old believes Fenlon`s overhaul is taking shape.

Williams said: "When I came here in the summer the manager explained to me exactly the position the club was in and explained exactly what was needed.

"Although it is still incredibly early days in terms of the season and it`s still a work in progress, it looks like that plan is coming into fruition.

"He has identified the players he wants both in and out of the club. I think he knows what it`s going to take to build a club back to where it belongs."

The pressure to succeed from Hibs fans appears to have affected some players in recent seasons, notably in Williams' position. But the former Manchester United trainee was not cowed by facing demands from fans still hurting from that Hampden derby thrashing.

"I thrive on the expectation," Williams said. "I have grasped it with both hands."

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