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Watch: Dubliner Shaun Williams Scores Championship Goal Of The Weekend

Watch: Dubliner Shaun Williams Scores Championship Goal Of The Weekend

All Irish eyes at the Den may be permanently fixed on Jayson Molumby these days, and for good reason too, but it was another Irish midfielder, Shaun Williams, that earned the title of Millwall's man-of-the-moment yesterday afternoon.

The 33-year-old fired a screamer past Birmingham City's Connall Trueman to fire the Lions into an early second half lead at St Andrew's as manager Gary Rowett returned to his former club, Birmingham City.

The visitors however were only able to secure a draw after Jake Clarke-Salter popped up just over ten minutes from time to head in the equaliser. Nevertheless the Dubliner's effort is sure to go down as one of the goals of the season from an Irish perspective.

Williams famously scored in the Republic of Ireland's 4-1 loss to Wales in the Uefa Nations League last year, though his clever dink in Cardiff wasn't enough to see him earn minutes during the Euro 2020 campaign.

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Next up for Rowett's side is a tricky home fixture against Nottingham Forrest, who are sitting within the play-off places, this Friday night at the Den. Speaking after the match, Rowett told the club website:

In the second half, I feel as if we gave away possession needlessly at times when we countered, and weren't quite as incisive as in the first half, and therefore any team at home will get that period when they put you under pressure. But we score the goal - a very good goal from Willo - and it comes from some excellent passing in the build-up.

Finding the spare man is something we've tried to work on, and it's a wonderful finish. We've made seven or eight passes after breaking out from Mahlon's side, and Willo is that spare man who we pick out.

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