I’ve got a point to prove

Coventry Telegraph - - FOOTBALL -

play­ing a team two leagues above us.

“So the shack­les were off re­ally and we just went for it. When they scored the first goal af­ter 15 min­utes or so every­one just thought let’s give this a go and if we come up short, we come up short but it worked out in our favour.

“I think I was only on the pitch four or five min­utes be­fore I scored, so it’s good to make an im­pact straight away.”

City fans may re­call that it was sim­i­lar story when he even­tu­ally burst onto the first team scene at Coven­try when he went on a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute at Peter­bor­ough United and scored ten min­utes later with what turned out to be the win­ner in a 1-0 ver­dict at London Road.

“It’s all about hard work,” said Tur­gott, who is cur­rently on loan at Bore­ham from League Two Steve­nage, who City face next Tues­day night.

“I just try to keep my head and stay fo­cused on tak­ing my chance when it comes. I got my op­por­tu­nity and got a goal to help the team.”

Asked what went wrong at City, the for­mer West Ham United trainee ex­plained: “It was strange be­cause I was brought in by Steven Pressley and was play­ing a lot of Un­der-21s foot­ball.

“I trained well and in the space of my first cou­ple of weeks he got sacked, which is ob­vi­ously not what you want when you come in to play for a man­ager who has signed you.

“Neil McFar­lane, who was care­taker, gave me my de­but at Barns­ley and, to be fair to him, he was re­ally good with me be­cause he was there when Steve Pressley brought me in and knew what I was about as a player.

“And it was weird be­cause Tony Mow­bray came in and didn’t know any­thing about me so I had gone from com­ing to a club be­cause of the style of play and way the man­ager wanted to play, and in the space of two weeks I had to start over again un­der a new man­ager.

“I had to prove my­self all over again, play­ing in the re­serves and do­ing what I do to per­form well and make sure that when I did get my chance that I was ready.”

That chance did come in March 2015 against The Posh.

“It was crazy be­cause I came on in my first game un­der Tony Mow­bray and scored, got the win­ner at Peter­bor­ough and he still wasn’t giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity de­spite play­ing so well and tak­ing my op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“I wasn’t sure what else I had to do. Even at the end of the sea­son I thought he was go­ing to give me an­other con­tract but I knew I had to go where some­one had proper faith in me.

“It was just one of those sit­u­a­tions. Ob­vi­ously I would have liked to have played more at Coven­try. I learned a lot about my­self be­cause it was one of the first places where I didn’t play a lot so I had to adapt.”

As for the sec­ond round draw and prospect of go­ing back to the Ri­coh, where he played his last game for the club, go­ing on for the last ten min­utes of a 1-0 de­feat to Ley­ton Ori­ent, he said: “It could have been a lot worse – a Carlisle away or Ply­mouth away. At least it’s not that far away and for me it’s nice to be play­ing against one of my old teams.

“At this stage it’s just about win­ning and it’s the glory of the cup.”

He added: “It’s a weird one be­cause it’s the sec­ond round and every­one wants to get to the third round, do ev­ery­thing they can to get there. You could say you want a team in the lower leagues but on the other hand it’s al­ways nice to be in­volved in an up­set and face up to a big­ger team, some­one like Coven­try and their big sta­dium.

“Ob­vi­ously it would have been bet­ter for us if we’d have been at home but it’s a great sta­dium to play in.

“For me it’s about me go­ing to show Coven­try, as a club, why I should have stayed on re­ally. So, I have got a point to prove, def­i­nitely.”

Blair Tur­gott scores for Coven­try City against Peter­bor­ough United in 2015

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