Turn­bull tor­nado grabs cru­cial win

Robbo’s re­lief at first Fir Park vic­tory of cam­paign

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Ross Thom­son

Stephen Robin­son saw his de­ci­sion to put faith in the club’s young­sters proved right af­ter David Turn­bull earned Mother­well a sec­ond cru­cial win in four days.

The mid­fielder’s strike into the top corner in the 69th minute earned a 1-0 win and moved Mother­well eight points clear of the bot­tom side.

“He’s a tal­ented boy,” Mother­well man­ager Robin­son said.

“We won’t get too car­ried away yet – he is still in the very early stages of his ca­reer – but he has a mas­sive tal­ent.

“He needs to be man­aged, as all young boys do, and we have a few more to come as well.

“I don’t think there was ever any doubt about his tem­per­a­ment. He is so unfazed by things.

“Some­times when things aren’t go­ing well the younger boys are very un­af­fected by it.

“The older boys worry a lit­tle bit more be­cause they have been part of it and know the con­se­quences.

“David has gone in with a freedom, played with a freedom.”

There was a hec­tic start in­side the open­ing 60 sec­onds when Kenny Miller’s low cross was swept away by Carl Mchugh and play raged to the other end, where Chris Cad­den set up Mother­well have not kept two clean sheets in a row since the end of last sea­son when they kept out Hamil­ton and Partick ’s strik­ers. David­turn­bull’s Man of the Match per­for­mance added to his stun­ning 69th minute strike. Gael Bi­gir­i­mama and his ef­fort was beaten out by Jack Hamil­ton in the Dundee goal. Dundee al­most took the lead on 11 min­utes. Calvin Miller swung in a cross and Dar­ren O’dea pow­ered in a header that crashed back off the un­der­side of the bar be­fore be­ing hacked clear by Mchugh. Miller then went down in the box as he shielded the ball from Tom Al­dred and Dundee screamed for a spot­kick but ref­eree Don Robert­son was un­moved by the ap­peals. It was Mother­well’s turn to shout for a penalty just af­ter the restart when O’dea slid in and won the ball cleanly as Cur­tis Main ad­vanced in the area. Mother­well came within a whisker of the opener on 58 min­utes when Cad­den crossed from the right and Ryan Bow­man flashed a header wide. Bow­man then wasted a good op­por­tu­nity when he latched on to Turn­bull’s pass and opted to shoot from an an­gle when he should have squared it to sub­sti­tute Danny John­son for a tap-in. It was go­ing to take some­thing spe­cial to break the dead­lock and Turn­bull stepped up on cue on 69 min­utes to pro­vide it. The Steel­men cre­ated a number of good chances and should have won by more goals.

The teenage mid­fielder un­leashed a su­perb 30-yard screamer that ex­ploded into the top right hand corner of Hamil­ton’s net.

Mother­well travel to Ibrox this Sun­day and Robin­son in­sists his side will have a go at Steven Ger­rard’s side.

He said: “That com­pleted a very good week’s work.

“We can go to Ibrox next week­end with con­fi­dence now.

“We’ve played Rangers once al­ready and drawn with them but our play­ers have now earned the right to go there and have a right go at them.

“Af­ter that we have Aberdeen and it gives us a chance to close the gap on them.

“If we can keep play­ing like this and, cru­cially, keep de­fend­ing like we did, then we can keep climb­ing the ta­ble.” Hearts Celtic Rangers Kil­marnock St Johnstone Hiber­nian Aberdeen Liv­ingston MOTHER­WELL Hamil­ton Ac­cies St Mir­ren Dundee P WDL 12 8 2 2 11 8 1 2 11 6 3 2 12 6 3 3 12 6 2 4 11 5 3 3 11 5 3 3 11 5 3 3 11 3 2 6 12 3 1 8 12 1 1 10 12 1 0 11 PTS 26 25 21 21 20 18 18 18 11 10 4 3

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