Winner means so much to Mac Allister

Midfielder delighted to make an impact off the bench against Burnley.

By Bruce Talbot • 15 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Alexis Mac Allister scored just two minutes after coming on against Burnley.

Alexis Mac Allister admitted his second Albion goal meant a bit more than his first, even though that came against arch-rivals Crystal Palace.

The Argentinian midfielder came off the bench to score with his first touch as Albion came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 and claim their second opening-day win out of three under Graham Potter.


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“Both goals were really important,” he said. “Against Palace I knew how big it was for the club and the fans but on Saturday I could celebrate with the fans and that is why it was something special for me. It was fantastic because not having supporters has been tough for the last season and more. It is really good to have them back again.”

Mac Allister wasn't the only substitute to make an impact at Turf Moor. A few minutes before he scored Jakub Moder came off the bench to set up Neal Maupay's equaliser while Adam Lallana had a big impact after coming on for the second half.

“We spoke about making an impact as a sub before the game,” added Mac Allister. “The coach knows he's got good players on the bench as well and it’s difficult to pick an 11, but as he always says we have to be prepared to come in and score or help the team.

By Paul Hazlewood
The Argentina international spent the summer representing his country at the Olympics.

“Every player wants to play every game and every minute. But we have fantastic players and it’s hard, but I work every day and I try to be prepared because I know that I can come on and help the team.

“It’s great to start with three points. But as a team there is more to come. Our goal this season is to try to finish in the top ten and that’s what we are working towards.”