Jonny Williams admits it was tough to watch series two of Netflix documentary Sunderland ‘Til I Die after playing his part in their dramatic failure at Wembley.
But having joined Charlton six months after his Sunderland exit, he came off the bench at Wembley and had a bright cameo as the Addicks defeated Sunderland with the last kick of the game to earn promotion.
And speaking during an Instagram QandA through New Era Global Sports, the Welsh international admitted that play-off final at Wembley produced mixed emotions for him.
He said: “I’ve just finished it and it was a tough watch because in an ideal world we’d have both got promoted.
“It hurt me that they didn’t get promoted. I wish them well and hope they get back as soon as possible.
“It was a tough day in the final. It meant so much to me as a player after everything I’d been through, the injuries, the ups and downs, not getting the opportunities in my career.
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“I’ve always believed in myself and the emotion after the game was individual relief. To come out on top at Wembley was massive.”
The 26-year-old won plenty of praise after the first series as he spoke openly to cameras about his injury hell and how it affected his confidence.
Despite just being a temporary loan signing, he seemed to genuinely care about the club and their relegation too.
Asked about the first series too, he said: “It was a tough season for me, the injuries and living a long way from home. A lot of people saw the effect that had on me on the TV series.
“The cameras were rolling the whole time. It was non-stop, in the changing room and the physio room, you couldn’t do anything.
“When I did watch the first doc it was tough because I didn’t know what was going to be on the series.
“When it came out I got a lot of nice messages around the world. That’s me as a footballer how honest I am, maybe too honest at times with my emotions.
“Some people would shield away up and not express them. But that happened.”