Michael Turner was a somewhat unlikely hero as he popped up with the winning goal in Chris Powell’s first game against Scunthorpe.
The defender spoke afterwards about the emotion of seeing his injury-time winner go in and working under his former teammate.
On the winning goal…
Amazing! What a great feeling. No matter what you do in your career, to score a goal in the last minute to win a game is probably one of the best feelings you can get as a footballer. It was a special moment to score the winner, but for the team it’s a huge performance and a huge win. With the new manager coming in it’s a fantastic start.
Did the team feel a performance like that was in them?
Yeah I think so. We’ve got quality in the squad. Obviously we’ve been disappointed with the results in previous weeks, but we know we’ve got good players. A new voice coming in this week I think has helped, but it’s a superb start.
The games we lost it was like we were going around in circles a little bit. It’s always disappointing when a manager gets sacked as a player who was brought in by him and you do feel responsible. The new manager has come in with fresh ideas and he’s made his point on how he wants things done.
I think it’s clear for everyone to see the togetherness, more than anything today, was there to see.
What’s Chris Powell like to work with?
It’s early days because we’ve only had a few training days with him and then a matchday, so it’s all pretty new but I think what he’s brought, everyone has bought into. What he’s saying, people are believing in and we took it out there on Saturday.
I was a young pro at Charlton when he was a senior pro so I trained with him quite a bit and travelled with the first team there and he was probably one of the best pros I trained with. The way he conducted himself and looked after the younger players especially was second to none.
I’m really keen to work with him as a manager and I’m sure he’s going to be similar to how he was as a pro.