Date: 12th February 2018 at 3:04pm
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On loan Swansea City youngster Oliver McBurnie has spoken of his delight at scoring on his full debut for Barnsley in the weekend’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Having almost signed for the club and made the move to Oakwell last summer, the player told the Official Site that having now arrived at the club he couldn’t have been more pleased to open his account in such a massive game.

‘It’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to score goals, to influence the team and I think I managed that today. When I scored I think I’ve lost my head a little bit, gone celebrating in amongst the fans and stuff, but that’s what football’s about and it’s the things you dream of when you’re a little kid, scoring big goals and celebrating with the fans.’

He went on to say about his bow.

‘I think it was a good debut and the boys were really unlucky not to get all three points because we dominated the game for large parts but we didn’t get the rub of the green did we? Maybe it’s because we’re down near the bottom, things don’t go for you so they say. But I still enjoyed it, it was a memorable full debut put it that way.’

With local pride at stake and after a difficult week with Paul Heckingbottom unexpectedly moving on, McBurnie went on to say.

‘I knew all about this one, I’ve had messages from fans all week, some were saying there’d be a few pints waiting for me if I scored, so just to let them know I’ll be taking them up on their offers! But in all seriousness, the boys are in there right now and they’re gutted, they’re disappointed we’ve not got the win because we were the better side.’

He added.

‘I think that’s a good thing, that we aren’t satisfied despite coming from behind to get something, we’re more disappointed we’ve not won it. It fizzled out a bit in the second half but for the first hour we had the chances to have easily won it.’

With Paul Harsley coming in as caretaker gaffer, McBurnie knew it was a difficult and challenging time for him, but he was full of praise for the way he’d stepped into the role along with his new backroom staff and he admitted the players, whilst disappointed to not take the win, were pleased to get him a point in his dug out debut.

‘Hars has been brilliant with us all week, he and the staff knew from minute one how Wednesday were going to set up and he was telling us to get on the front foot, to really get at them and get the crowd behind us. And I think we did that. We took the game to them and made it hard for them to get out their half. We have to do that at home, we have to make sure we’re doing the work up top and we’re on the front foot.’

He ended by saying.

‘Like I said, it has been a strange week but Hars, Matt Murray and Andy Holdsworth were first class in training, it’s been fast, intense and fun, it’s what we needed and I think it showed up well in the game. We didn’t get what we deserved and I like to think the fans felt the same, because they were right behind us and I want to thank them for their support, we’ll need more of that from now until the end of the season.’