The defender scored the goal in the second half that pulled Everton level at 1-1 following Nabil Fekir's sixth-minute penalty but he couldn't prevent Bertrand Traore from scoring what eventually proved to be the winner for the French club.
The result means that Ronald Koeman's men have made the worst start to a Europa League group stage campaign than any English club before them and it has drastically reduced their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.
“It's going to be difficult [to progress]," Williams admitted in the tunnel after the game. "We wanted to win tonight. We didn't get any points but I thought the lads responded well when we went one down.
“But we've come away with nothing. I thought we fought well as a team."
The Welshman was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Phl Jagielka and Leighton Baines but was fortunate to escape a red card for a second-half melée that involved supporters in the crowd at one point as the contest boiled over.
Williams was captured by television cameras exchanging blows with a Lyon player but only received a booking and stayed on the pitch to equalise shortly afterwards.
Asked to describe the incident, which may well land him in retrospective hot water with Uefa, Williams dismissed it as a consequence of raw emption and the desire to get back into the game.
“That's what happens. It's football. I think it is what it is… it is what it is.
“It's high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens and this was one of those times, I suppose.
“The pressure that you put on yourself is bigger than the pressure from outside,“ the defender continued when asked if he and the players were feeling the strain from Everton's poor run of results.
“We want to show fight for ourselves more than anything, for the club, and for the fans, especially at home. We're disappointed not to get a result tonight because I thought we had a good attitude, we went about it [right].
“We had a lot of chances — more than them — and it's really disappointing when we got 1-1 to concede another goal so quickly.
“[The Arsenal game] is a big one. They're all big, especially when you play against a top team at home. We need a win and we need a good performance.”
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1 Posted 20/10/2017 at 01:51:04
2 Posted 20/10/2017 at 02:32:03
Shameful, and he doesn't even have the balls to admit he was wrong.
In terms of playing he was better than usual tonight (not hard), but that behaviour is not acceptable for me.
3 Posted 20/10/2017 at 05:09:41
4 Posted 20/10/2017 at 06:51:38
5 Posted 20/10/2017 at 07:50:05
When fans ask for 'fight' it means "give your all on the pitch and motivate others with your commitment and effort" not the crap you came up with, Mr Williams.
Back to the relegation fight now... tick, tock, tick, tock, Mr Koeman.
6 Posted 20/10/2017 at 08:20:29
Clearly things aren't going well, and I want to see fight in the team as much as anyone, but this has to be channelled, not reckless.
7 Posted 20/10/2017 at 08:28:19
This club are going the way of Leeds United, talking of distant past glories never to be revisited.
Most of this bunch couldn't get in Liverpool's starting eleven and their only average.
Last night's behaviour by players and supporters was a disgrace. I've seen many low points at this club, that was the worst.
8 Posted 20/10/2017 at 08:40:48
9 Posted 20/10/2017 at 08:46:31
10 Posted 20/10/2017 at 09:25:15
11 Posted 20/10/2017 at 09:31:04
13 Posted 20/10/2017 at 10:00:17
I don't know if the behaviour of the idiot in the crowd throwing punches has been mentioned elsewhere on here but I sincerely hope they can identify him and he's 1) banned for life from Goodison and 2) he gets his comeuppance in the criminal justice system.
14 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:15:38
I have no issue with the scrap itself it shows there is some pride in the players and proves they care about the mess they are in.
Koeman Out, Rhino In.
15 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:23:18
To get into that kind of a barney right by the Park End fans is stupid beyond belief, and to be honest I'm surprised more of the dickhead fans didn't get involved. We've got quite a few of them, as we all know, and it clearly took a lot of restraint for some of them just to shout and point rather than get stuck in.
All the players involved should be fined two weeks wages minimum. It's bad enough being a laughing stock for our football, but to be considered worse fans than the knobheads across the park is unacceptable.
16 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:23:41
17 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:36:52
18 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:43:57
19 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:45:07
20 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:46:18
21 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:53:35
If the club does anything about it they should see that he never wears the blue shirt again, never mind being given the honour of the captain's armband.
As for the "fans", well done boys, that image of our club has gone around Europe and probably the World. How anyone would bring a small child out on a night like last night let alone to a football match is beyond me and then to get involved in the fighting leaves me speechless.
All the good work by EitC and our support for good causes like little Bradley is now forgotten and the image people will now have of our great club is the shamefull footage from last night, and all thanks to Williams. Over to you, Mr Chairman.
22 Posted 20/10/2017 at 11:57:01
23 Posted 20/10/2017 at 12:00:06
24 Posted 20/10/2017 at 12:40:33
25 Posted 20/10/2017 at 13:15:45
The first time I have semi-woken from my boredom-induced coma since the season started.
Tony (#21) Really? One little skirmish that will be forgotten in a couple of weeks and you are ashamed? Fuck me... you've picked the wrong sport to follow.
26 Posted 20/10/2017 at 13:24:51
Passion! FFS. Passion is Peter Reid with blood running down his leg but still chasing down Bayern players, Phil Neville clattering Ronaldo fairly, everything Tim Cahill did for the club.
Williams is just an over-weight, immobile, yard dog who should hang up his boots. I can't believe the other clown has just given a press conference and defended Williams because Wales lost and we're having a bad time, boo hoo. Unbelievable and still not sacked.
27 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:09:15
I'm disappointed someone saw fit to name you captain of our great club.
28 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:13:56
There is no place in our great club for what he did. Koeman should have subbed him as soon as the melee was over.
I am ashamed that our club has totally ignored the real instigator of the trouble as though he wasn't even present. On other social media and the BBC site, the club is being dragged through the mud today all because of Williams!
29 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:17:29
I've picked the wrong sport? Well, that's just the point thuggery is not a sport. I'm all in favour of playing hard and I played against some mean guys in my youth (fat Harold anyone?). But what Williams did was pathetic and could have reduced the team to 10 men.
I care about Everton and what took place last night has only damaged the club. If you think that's nothing... well, that's your opinion but I stand by my comments.
30 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:18:20
Yes, you want players with steel, but this incident, which looked like a forearm across the goalkeeper's chest, could have been far worse. Imagine in the speed of the moment if it had hit the keeper in the throat? His neck could have been broken and there is potential for fatality.
When you go in like that, anything can happen. He is in deep shit when the authorities and the club look closer at that.
Club Captain? a disgrace more like it; ship him out.
31 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:33:30
32 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:38:31
What you saw from Williams wasn't passion, it was cowardice, born out the frustration which comes with not being good enough.
If he went for a 50-50 where he could have been hurt himself, I could have accepted it, but he went for a man who was unprotected because he had his arms in the air holding a ball.
33 Posted 20/10/2017 at 14:53:14
Fraser, by the way, when ballet companies do training swops with footballers the footballers always come out second best!
My wife is a professional dancer and I presume your comment was based on no knowledge whatsoever with you thinking ballet is something weak?
34 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:05:30
I don't condone what he did but, fuck me, it's hardly a dark day for our great club.
A complete non-event as far as I'm concerned. Had it not been on here and on every football website, I'd have forgotten about it by now.
35 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:07:32
36 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:12:23
I'm for the Everton players of old, like Brian Labone and Colin Harvey, who led by example and let their play do the talking.
37 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:16:46
38 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:19:15
What about all the flying elbows, scything and over-the-top tackles that go on most every match day?
39 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:39:32
40 Posted 20/10/2017 at 15:53:39
Thought the ref got it completely right. He stood off and let them get on with it. He then correctly gave both protagonists a yellow card.
Who knows what was said in the melee to Williams that made him react in that way but I can guess by the way he reacted. Correct decision to ban the supporter but, if he does get done for assault, Williams shouldn't be. Williams had a fine game, IMO.
41 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:21:33
Yes, mate, you're right it was handbags.
I was at the Leeds game in the 60s when Sandy Brown was sent off after 3 mins and both teams were taken off by the ref before half-time to cool down. I've seen Norman Hunter, Tommy Smith, Bruce Rioch, Nobby Stiles et al.
So-no one is is suggesting Williams is in their league but when you talk about "over-reaction" that was precisely what he did. Look at the media today and the club being dragged through the mud.
Yes, I know that the press and TV will love having a go and Uefa too in time and that's the real issue. The harm it's done the club and the harm it could have done the team on the night is my concern.
If he has "fire in his belly" and drives the team on without doing something as stupid as last night, I'm totally fine with that. Peter Reid and Jimmy Gabriel were able to do that and, if Williams can do too, then great.
42 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:24:27
(Says a lot about the others in the defence, though, as he was the best we had last night.) But assault, disgrace etc? Get a grip!
A poor challenge by a poor player nothing more or less
43 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:30:15
44 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:34:22
Tony, I rather think most sentient humans can easily distinguish between long-term charitable work by a football club, and an incident at the ground.
45 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:45:47
His goal celebration to my eye was not one of ‘come on we can win this' but more ‘fuck you twats, what do you know'. The veritable act of defiance. It actually looks like he turns the main stand and just wants to flicks the ‘Vees' at everyone, but finds, erm, the restraint he'd lost only moments earlier to jog on back.
He is the symbol of the club failing to adapt to increasing expectations. Bought to defend and organise, he looked decent last season as he never had to cross the halfway line.
Everton have evolved, new players, heavy investment in both the players and the manager sold to us as ambition.
Like Everton Williams has failed to adapt, poor with the ball at his feet and required to push higher up the field he is exposed to more one-on-one defending. In recent weeks, he has completely unravelled, as have the club.
His story runs a parallel with the club. The irony is that, if we become sucked into a relegation battle, he will be the defensive stopper we need.
46 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:46:48
"Looked like, imagine, if, could, potential, anything can happen".
Williams essentially placed his arm firmly against the keeper's stomach and then pushed him. Watch "Everton vs Lyon fight" on YouTube for a close-up. Dangerous, though rare but possible incidents, are what happened to Ryan Mason, in the legal course of the game.
47 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:48:38
You should write horror stories, John!
48 Posted 20/10/2017 at 16:54:41
What we need at the moment is a steady hand. Forget aspirations, we are getting too far away from the top, let's just get stable, and try to move gradually, get something out of one of the cups, and try for a top seven finish.
We don't have the squad for a European campaign. We have tried to rebuild with a shed load of money which has been wasted. As regards the youngsters, get them in and try things out, they will get match fit and match ready.
I hate to say this as I love the club, but I don't now have any expectation apart from a desire to see the team come good, and use the assets we have. We need to be in a position to build and progress steadily. We have all the pieces in play to do that.
Koeman, I don't know, on paper he looks fairly good. I thought he would have done a good job; sadly he hasn't. Time to move on. The talk of getting top marque managers is just bull. Let the Mourinho's and Pep go and manage at a Championship side without any money, see how good they are then. What we need is someone who is Everton, and has some passion.
49 Posted 20/10/2017 at 17:04:35
Look at the other teams at the bottom. They've got Benteke, Defoe, Vardy and Chicarito. We've got Niasse. Yes, I've left out Stoke but they should also be worried.
50 Posted 20/10/2017 at 18:18:27
51 Posted 20/10/2017 at 18:20:18
52 Posted 20/10/2017 at 19:20:19
53 Posted 20/10/2017 at 21:00:08
54 Posted 20/10/2017 at 22:17:03
If that happened on the street, he would have been arrested and it's no different on the football field. If that happened to on the street, you would have a different tale to tell.
55 Posted 21/10/2017 at 20:17:57
The lads are hurting and if that gees them up then I don't see it necessarily as a bad thing. The play-acting from Lyon, and especially their keeper, had gone unpunished all game and frustration boiled over. And the Lyon players, Traore in particular, couldn't wait to get involved.
I for one hope that this has a galvanising, backs to the wall, Dogs of War effect and we see results start to change. Arsenal don't like it up 'em.
By the way, by nature I consider myself a pacifist. My leniency over this incident may well be Bourne from my own frustration and delight at some sign that the players actually give a shit.
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