McBurnie de­liv­ers a de­but to re­mem­ber

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Per­rin

NEW­PORT County man­ager John Sheri­dan hailed a dream de­but for Oli McBurnie af­ter the striker came off the bench to fire his side to vic­tory over Lu­ton Town with a stun­ning 23-minute hat-trick.

The 19-year-old only ar­rived on loan from Swansea City on Thurs­day and he made him­self an in­stant hero with the County fans.

McBurnie’s tre­ble earned his new side a first vic­tory at home in League Two since Lu­ton last vis­ited in March and Sheri­dan was de­lighted with his new boy, but keen to share the praise around.

“Oliver will get the plau­dits but I thought as a team we played very well,” said the Exiles boss.

“We had lots of en­ergy and tempo about us and any­one who has watched us will think New­port are a good team.

“Oliver got three good striker’s goals and he was in the right place at the right time.

“I al­ways make sub­sti­tu­tions to come on and change the game and thank­fully they did that.”

McBurnie re­placed Zak An­sah on 58 min­utes and broke the dead­lock five min­utes later af­ter a cross from fel­low sub­sti­tute Tommy O’Sul­li­van.

The Scot­land U21 in­ter­na­tional added his sec­ond on 79 min­utes and com­pleted his hat-trick four min­utes from time.

“Oliver’s a bit dif­fer­ent to what we’ve got,” added Sheri­dan.

“He’s a box player and he’s got that height.

“His first goal looks easy but it wasn’t; it’s a great ball in but his fin­ish is de­light­ful.The sec­ond is a proper striker’s goal, he’s gam­bled and fol­lowed it in.

“The last goal was very un­selfish of Scott (Bo­den) to give Oli his hat-trick but I am pleased be­cause it’s a great de­but for the kid.”

Lu­ton man­ager John Still, who saw his side col­lapse from 3-1 up to lose 4-3 at home to Carlisle last Tues­day, couldn’t be­lieve what he had seen.

Still felt his side were in con­trol of the game be­fore McBurnie’s in­tro­duc­tion and ad­mit­ted two mis­takes from goal­keeper Mark Tyler proved costly.

“It was a bit like the other night for us,” he said. “I thought we were in con­trol and I don’t think Mark had any­thing to do un­til they scored.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves and we were in con­trol.

“But we switched off at a free-kick and they scored.

“For the sec­ond one I don’t want to blame Mark be­cause he’s done bril­liant for us but a bit like the other night, it was mis­take af­ter mis­take.

“I think we let the goal af­fect us.

“I heard John say next to me that they had to change some­thing be­cause they were hit­ting their heads against a brick wall and they were.”

STAR MAN OLI McBURNIE New­port

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