Like a character from The Matrix, Jack Powell felt his world moved in slow motion as he reacted quicker than anyone else to fire home Saturday’s winner at Welling United.
“To be fair to [Bradley] Bubb, he gets in those positions and he picks people out and he’s seen me just creeping in towards the edge of the box,” Powell told BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Cole. “I thought I’d just take my time. I could have just lashed at it. Earlier on in the season, even though I’d scored a few goals, I felt when I got in those positions that I rushed it a little bit, lashed it, put it over the bar and hit things too quickly. Now, just taking my time, taking that extra touch, it just seemed like it was going in slow motion. Everyone else was in front of me and I just picked a spot.”
His goal aside, Powell put the win down to hard graft not only through the 90 minutes, but in the week leading up to the game as well. “They’ve got some good players in their team ,” he said. “They’re obviously not doing so well results-wise but they made it difficult for us and they moved the ball well. With 10 men that was even more difficult as they moved it round the pitch, they were quite patient so we just had to graft and wait for that one opportunity in the second half.
“It’s the togetherness. We’ve got a strong squad, there’s good competition and we train really hard during the week and that’s the secret behind it. We go into games knowing we’ve probably worked harder than anyone else all week and with 10 men we were able to show it because although we were under the cosh at times, we dragged each other through.”
Powell earned more plaudits with his goal but he says he’s only taking things one game at a time – with the next game a massive one for his side. “I come away from games and I always look at the things I could have done better. It’s important you don’t get too far ahead of yourself… [Next Saturday] is massive; last year we were being hunted and this year we’re the hunters. I think we like it like that. We’re going after [Maidenhead] and they’ve dropped some points recently so as long as we keep picking up the wins, we’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Listen to the full interview below.