Jamaica’s Burton scores first goal for Sheffield WednesdayMonday, March 13, 2006
by Gary Smith
LONDON, England: Jamaican international Deon Burton scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday in their 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers in a Coca-Cola Football League Championship match at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Burton sent the home side in front with just 13-minutes on the clock from a Glenn Whelan's flicked-through ball.
The Jamaican and former Derby County frontman took advantage of a lazy Rangers backline to send the stands containing 22,788 fans to their feet, after Chris Brunt took a quick throw-in to Whelan, who serviced Burton behind the defenders.
Apart from scoring Burton made two brilliant passes to his striking partner Marcus Tudgay which brought out two excellent saves from goalkeeper Paul Jones.
After the match Wednesday manager Paul Sturrock said he was relieved to see Burton finally hit the net after the goal drought he's had since his signing.
"That was long overdue," Sturrock said. "There's been tension in his play because of the lack of goals but in the last two games he's been outstanding in running the line and his hold-up play."
Wednesday dominated for most of the game and Sturrock said it was disappointing to see his team failing the secure maximum points.
"We're disappointed but we've got to keep our heads up. It's turned into a four-horse race now. We have to move onwards and upwards."
Burton and his struggling Wednesday side are now firmly embroiled in a battle with Millwall, Brighton and Crewe, with only one team set to seal Championship survival.Back...