Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Injury Hit Paterson Deserves Goal


Martin Paterson put a year of hell behind him to fire Burnley to a fifth win in six games.

The Northern Ireland international has been out for most of 2011 with a thigh problem.

But he capped his recent return to action by netting a first strike since the FA Cup win over Burton back on January 29.

His goal was sandwiched between a soft Jay Rodriguez penalty and an own goal by the unfortunate Sam Hird – who also conceded the spot-kick – as Doncaster were easily sunk.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe said: “Pato deserved his goal because he has worked extremely hard to get fit.

“It was soul-destroying for him when he picked up the same injury again but he kept his head and the other lads look at him as a shining example of how to deal with being injured.”

Burnley were set on their way by a laughable spot-kick decision by ref David Webb that Rodriguez drilled home.

He blew when Burnley’s Chris McCann ran into Hird in the box, to leave Donny boss Dean Saunders fuming.

The Welshman moaned: “It was a ridiculous decision for the penalty.

“I felt at one stage that every decision went against us. It felt like nine of 10 on the trot.

“But whatever sport you play things go against you and you have to swallow it and get on with the next game.”

In truth Burnley should have been in front before Webb gave them a helping hand.

James O’Connor blocked Rodriguez’s shot on the line and the striker headed a decent chance over.

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