Burn: That first Albion goal is coming

Defender sure he will break his duck soon after another near miss against Aston Villa.

By Charlie Hanson • 16 February 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn in action against Villa.

Dan Burn’s run of over 50 games without an Albion goal continued on Saturday despite the defender's best efforts.

The 28-year-old thought he had ended the goal drought in the first half against Aston Villa only for goalkeeper Emi Martinez to make one of several fine saves when he pushed Burn’s header around the post.

“I think I’m cursed – I am starting to think I won’t score again!" said Burn. "I am getting in the right positions, but you need that little bit of luck on your side as well. I might have got one against Villa were it not for their goalkeeper. One will come soon hopefully.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper and he has done really well since he has gone to Aston Villa. On another night we would have been out of sight but for his performance.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn unleashes a shot at goal in the second half against Villa.

Burn felt Albion should have taken all three points but a fifth clean sheet and extending the unbeaten run to a club record six games were reasons for optimism.

“It was a bit of a missed opportunity – we did enough to win the game with the chances we created. We kept a good team quiet.

“We put in another good performance and we put their goalkeeper under a lot of pressure. If you can’t win, though, don’t lose and we did that by keeping another clean sheet.

“We’ve picked up 12 points from our last six games; I have said all season our performances have warranted more points and we’re all determined to keep it going.

“We’ve got Crystal Palace next Monday which will no doubt be a good game and we’ve got a solid week now to rest and prepare for it which won’t be a bad thing after the last month or so which has been very hectic.”