Turn­bull gets fans on their feet

The Herald on Sunday - - SPORT - BY GRAEME McGARRY

THERE may not have been much for Fir Park sea­son-ticket hold­ers to get ex­cited about so far this sea­son, but in David Turn­bull, they may just have found a player who is worth the ad­mis­sion fee alone.

A won­der-strike from the young mid­fielder lit up an oth­er­wise gloomy af­ter­noon in La­nark­shire to give Mother­well their first home win of the sea­son and their sec­ond vic­tory in three days af­ter beat­ing St Mir­ren dur­ing the week.

Turn­bull got his first se­nior goal in that one, round­ing off a sat­is­fy­ing few days for both he and his team against those im­me­di­ately around them in the ta­ble.

“David Turn­bull scored a mar­vel­lous goal and, [ while] we’re not get­ting car­ried away, he’s a mas­sive tal­ent,” said Mother­well man­ager, Stephen Robin­son. “He’s at a very early stage of his ca­reer and is un­fazed by any­thing – he needs to be man­aged prop­erly.

“I said at the start of it that these were two big games for us and I didn’t have any doubt that we’d stand up and be counted be­cause those are the sort of char­ac­ters that I have. They gave me some su­per per­for­mances to­day.”

As for Dundee, the hor­ror start to Jim McIn­tyre’s reign con­tin­ues. They have now lost all four matches since he took charge, con­ced­ing 13 and fail­ing to score at all.

Re­mark­ably, given their plight, they started con­fi­dently and came within a whisker of an early lead as Calvin Miller’s cor­ner was headed off the un­der­side of the bar by Dar­ren O’Dea.

The home side were edgy in pos­ses­sion and strug­gled to get up a head of steam up, but young Turn­bull was the spark, giv­ing Dundee a warn­ing shot as a lovely touch al­lowed him to turn in­side and fire just over Jack Hamil­ton’s bar.

Dundee were scream­ing for a penalty as the ball was played into the feet of Kenny Miller in­side the area with his back to goal.

Tom Al­dred was in close at­ten­dance, but he didn’t do enough for Miller to fall on his back­side, and ref­eree Don Robert­son waved away his pleas for a spot-kick.

The rest of the first half wasn’t much to write home about, but Mother­well started the sec­ond half on the front foot, and a crack­ing ball from that man Turn­bull re­leased Cur­tis Main in the right- hand chan­nel.

The striker’s low cross caused havoc and was al­most turned into his own net by the slid­ing O’Dea, but Hamil­ton man­aged to flop down on the ball to stop it cross­ing the line.

Turn­bull was at it again soon af­ter as he threaded an­other great ball through into the path of Ryan Bow­man, but the striker’s shot from a tight an­gle was weak and Hamil­ton saved.

Young Turn­bull was find­ing lovely pock­ets of space in be­tween the Dundee mid­field and de­fence, and you felt that sooner or later he was go­ing to make the vis­i­tors pay for the li­cence they were giv­ing him.

The mo­ment duly ar­rived with just over 20 min­utes left as the 19-year-old took a pass on the turn 30 yards from goal, glanced up and un­leashed an ab­so­lute rocket that was still ris­ing as it blasted past Hamil­ton into the top cor­ner.

There was no way back for the vis­i­tors, but while they may not have taken any points, they at least left with more pos­i­tives than in re­cent weeks ahead of the crunch match against St Mir­ren on Satur­day.

“That was much bet­ter than we have been in re­cent games,” said man­ager McIn­tyre. “What let us down was our fi­nal ball.

“We de­fended stoutly at times, far bet­ter than it has been. There was a lit­tle bit of naivety at the goal and that has come back to bite us.

“That was dis­ap­point­ing but there were a lot more pos­i­tives. I thought that was a lot more like I want us to play. The fight they showed does give me hope.”

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