Courtney Baker-Richardson revealed he gave an impromptu team-talk before Saturday’s win at Doncaster Rovers.
The striker, who scored his ninth of the season and set-up Connor O’Riordan’s goal too, spoke to his team-mates on the pitch before kick-off at Eco-Power Stadium.
And it seemed to do the trick, as The Railwaymen recorded their first away win of 2023 in a 2-0 success.
Baker-Richardson said: “I pulled the lads together. I felt there were no excuses in this game, and although I’m not the most experienced, I fancy myself as a leader.
“I told (Luke) Offord I was going to get the boys together and he was happy for me to do that.
“For my personal liking our warm-up wasn’t the best, we were trying too much technical stuff, and the lads needed geeing up a bit. I think it got the job done.”
Baker-Richardson’s first-half strike was his first goal since October, after a hamstring injury saw him sidelined for several months.
He is closing on double figures for the season, and targeting more between now and May 8.
He added: “I've had to be patient but these are the troubles that you face as a footballer. I’m a player who will put it all on the line, and sometimes that means you’ll get injuries.
“I rehabbed well, came back sooner than predicted, and I’m just happy to be back with the lads.
“I feel strong and fit but I had to bide my time, and the gaffer has been very good and patient with me, because you can push too much and pick up another injury if you rush things.
“I told my friends I’d score, I’m confident and I know what I’m doing, so I’m happy. I’m happy with the win and with the goal, so we go from there.”