Monday, January 18th, 2016
Wes Burns feels Saturday’s last-gasp winner against Middlesbrough has been a long time coming.
The youngster headed in the decisive stoppage-time goal to topple the league leaders at Ashton Gate on Saturday, securing a first win in eight matches.
In recent weeks – against Charlton Athletic, Reading and West Brom – City had suffered at the hands of late goals, so Burns was delighted to have the boot on the other foot this time around.
Burns told Bristol City Player HD: “We’ve suffered from some late goals recently but now we’ve shown we’re capable of doing the same to other teams.
“Middlesbrough came into this match with nine straight clean sheets, but we applied pressure throughout the game and deserved the goal to win it.
“You could see by the reaction of the lads how much it meant.”
Originally announced as Aden Flint’s goal inside the stadium, Burns was quick to ensure he was awarded the match-winning effort.
“I definitely got the touch on the line…it was my goal!” he grinned.
“It was a great header from Aden and as it’s come past me it’s kind of hit me rather than me heading the ball.
“It was chaotic, a crazy moment.”
It was only Burns’ second league start for City, and he was selected in the starting XI by interim boss John Pemberton alongside fellow Academy graduates Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid.
Burns added: “Pembo stuck his neck out and asked me to do a job for the team up and down the right side.
“Physically I was blowing come the 75th minute but I kept going. I just need to keep working hard to build up my fitness so I’m ready when it comes to that last 15 or 20 minutes in games.”
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