FORMER Rangers striker Joe Garner was left puzzled after scoring a debut matchwinner for Ipswich.
The volatile frontman grabbed the only goal of the game against Birmingham City to get his career under ex-Celt Mick McCarthy off to a perfect start following his summer move from Ibrox.
Asked if that was the first time he had scored on his debut, the frontman replied: “I don’t know, I have had that many clubs!”
Garner, 29, who started his career at Blackburn in 2005 and played for eight clubs before arriving at Portman Road, added: “It was nice to score, of course, and three points are massive.
“The lads played some good football overall. It was a great ball in by Jonas Knudsen and I managed to slide it in.”
Garner, who claimed 10 goals in 34 appearances in his solitary season at Ibrox, and his new team-mates responded well after last Saturday’s 6-1 friendly thrashing at League One Charlton.
He added: “We spoke about that during the week, we had had a tough week in pre-season and you could say it was a wake-up call.”
Boss McCarthy said: “For me, it was vital we won and played well.
“I’ve had lovely support, but there would have been an element waiting for me and I wouldn’t blame them because we were rubbish last year.
“However, the fans turned up and it humbles me. It was nice to repay it with a good performance and a win.”