Shrewsbury defender Luke Waterfall was delighted with his two-goal salvo at the weekend, not least because it eased a bit of pressure from manager John Askey.
The late summer arrival from Lincoln City has taken his time to settle at the New Meadow, but his last gasp winner secured all three points for Salop against struggling AFC Wimbledon.
Having also worn the captain’s arm band this season, the 28-year old was delighted to be able to repay some of the faith shown in him by Askey.
“It’s nice to help the gaffer out in that way but it’s about the team,” he told local media. “The manager, the team, the fans. We need everybody pulling in the right direction. If we’re going to string a few results together we need everybody pulling in the right direction.”
Waterfall added that the late winner could be a catalyst for better things further down the line, something which would keep repaying Askey.
“A late winner always seems to create a bit of positivity so hopefully we’ll go on a run. It’s always nice to repay him. There’s no hiding from the fact the manager’s been under pressure, he said it himself.”
The victory lifted the Shrews to 18th in the table, three points clear of the relegation spots. Waterfall was part of the Lincoln City team that inflicted the first of two Wembley defeats on Salop last season.
Eyebrows were raised in the summer when Shrewsbury swooped for the Lincoln skipper, but he’s adjusted well after a tough start to his life at the New Meadow.
There’s little doubt that they’re in trouble this season, Paul Hurst leaving and taking the likes of Jon Nolan has left them looking very different to last year’s promotion chasers.