Bolton Wanderers midifelder MJ Williams insists the prospect of picking up a suspension due to his yellow card count this season will not affect how he plays in the middle of the park.

The holding midfielder has accrued four bookings so far this campaign in League One for Wanderers.

In all of England’s professional leagues, players will receive a one-match ban if they collect five yellow cards in their team’s opening 19 matches of a league campaign.

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Wanderers are currently on 14 games so far this season ahead of today's encounter against Gillingham and Williams will have another few games to go in the division to avoid a booking, which would bring with it a one-match suspension.

It is a scenario which has already been experienced by team mates Gethin Jones and Ricardo Almeida Santos this campaign.

But Williams has vowed that he will not be changing the way he plays the game and marshals central midfield despite the risk of sitting out a game hanging over him.

And he believes if it was on his mind, it would make it more likely to become a reality by going in late for a challenge, but has ruled out that coming into his thought process.

He said: “It is a tough one when you’ve got it so quickly as well but you can’t let that play on your mind.

"I think the gaffer said in the past that you can’t pull out of challenges because if you think you’re on four yellow cards, you’ve just got to go out there and play your game and that’s what I’m trying to do.

“Obviously you do have to remember that you are on them four, but I would never pull out of a challenge just because I think I’m on four yellow cards.

“If I have to make it, I have to make it, so hopefully they’ll go away soon.

"If you think about it and then you’re late going into it, you’re probably going to make get more chance of getting a booking.

"If you go straight in for it and you’re the first one there, you’re going to win the ball aren’t you, so it hasn’t changed anything for me.

“It’s just obviously hard when you’re on four like me, but hopefully it’ll go away.”