Brian Deane has said he sympathises with Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie, who missed a golden chance near the end against Norwich.
McBurnie somehow saw his header saved on the line by Angus Gunn. Ben Osborn had fired over a brilliant cross which McBurnie met, only to see Gunn somehow scramble to keep it out.
After the game, Ollie Norwood explained how the United number nine was angry with himself in the dressing room after the 2-2 draw. However, Deane, who scored more than 90 goals for Sheffield United, said he sympathised with the Blades striker.
“As a forward he will look back to that and be gutted. He’ll be playing it over and over in his head. Like I said, it’s easy from up here. I’ve scored goals like that. I’ve also been in a situation where I’ve made the wrong decision and not scored,” Deane said on SUTV.
“Nobody does it on purpose. He’s in a rich vein of form and he’ll have been thinking well that’s an opportunity for me to cement my confidence, and he’s missed out on that.”
McBurnie took his tally for the season to six goals with his bundled in equaliser. After being dropped to the bench, the big striker will be hoping to lead the line this next weekend against West Brom.
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Of course, Iliman Ndiaye is our star man in attack but in terms of actual strikers who lead the line, United don’t have anyone better than McBurnie right now.
He changed the game when he came on. His partnership with Ndiaye is helping United keep touch at the top of the Championship and as long as his hernia problem allows him, he needs to be starting games for United.
McBurnie is a changed man this season. He seems settled, comfortable, and keen to impress. He is another who needs a new contract sorting out and quickly.