Luke Waterfall delighted to help out John Askey – after assisting with half-time Shrewsbury pep talk
Double goalscoring hero Luke Waterfall was delighted to help repay John Askey by staving off pressure on the boss – after the defender was part of a half-time rallying cry.
Waterfall headed an 89th minute winner at AFC Wimbledon as Shrewsbury turned around a one-goal deficit in a game Askey felt he had to win to save his job.
It was the first time Town have won away from home at the ninth time of asking this season.
Waterfall, 28, was brought to League One from Lincoln by Askey this summer and the defender – who has worn the captain’s armband at times this season – repaid the faith with his job-saving brace.
“It’s nice to help the gaffer out in that way but it’s about the team,” said Waterfall. “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.
“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.
“We wanted to go out as a team and do it for the gaffer. First half we didn’t, we had a few choice words at half-time and put it right.”
Assistant boss John Filan, who filled in press duties for Askey, and Waterfall revealed that Town’s experienced players had to rally the troops at the break after a lacklustre first half display.
Town were behind after James Hanson’s opener 10 minutes before the break but Waterfall equalised just shy of the hour and went on to grab a dramatic second.
Skipper Sadler, Waterfall and the experienced Anthony Grant had some choice words for their team-mates at half-time.
Waterfall added: “We’ve got quite a young squad in there, Sads being the most experienced, myself and Anthony Grant.
“They want to put it right, get things right, we work hard in the week. I hope it’ll be a positive result for everyone around the place.”