Dean Bowditch had been out of action since April with an injury, but his comeback against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday couldn’t have gone any better.
Bowditch was introduced by manager Karl Robinson in the 70th minute and with only his second touch of the season the 27-year-old curled home a brilliant effort from the edge of the area; an effort which later proved to be the decisive one.
The former Ipswich trainee ran over to celebrate with Head of Sports Medicine Simon Crampon and Sports Therapist Adam Ross, who had helped him during his time on the sidelines, and speaking to the media after the game Bowditch thanked the pair for their hard work.
He said: “I’ve just been told it was a typical Bowditch goal which is nice to hear. I would like to score some more scruffy goals but it was nice to just bend one towards the bottom corner and see it go in.
“It was not emotional but with all the lads coming over to me and congratulating me, it shows there is a good team spirit. I don’t think they could be more pleased for me at the moment as well as the physio team, the gaffer and my family, who were in the crowd - it was nice for them as well.
“A lot of the lads were saying my celebration was a bit cringey but it was just my way of saying thank you.”
You can read more from Dean Bowditch in Tuesday’s reddot magazine, which will be available to buy before kick-off for just £3.