Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

I’m the real deal, insists Glentoran striker Burrows

Matty Burrows is adamant that he will be a top class top flight striker and has vowed to prove it by scoring in tonight's Big Two derby with Linfield at the Oval.

Burrows is now two games into his Glentoran return from a second loan spell at Loughgall and four goals already would indicate that he certainly has an eye for goal.

Granted, three of them were against Intermediate side Omagh United in the Irish Cup, but they were scored having come off the bench for the last half hour.

Then came another against Ballymena United in the Carling Premiership on Saturday, giving the young striker the belief that he can be an ace Oval marksman.

For some fans — most of them in fact — he is their goalscoring messiah.

In the minority are those who believe the jury is still out, that he has still a lot to prove in the Carling Premiership. Burrows isn't concerned about those disbelievers, and says he has the confidence in his own ability to find the net regularly for the champions.

“I feel a lot more relaxed now compared to when I came back on loan last year,” he said.

“I don't know why it is but I just feel confident that I can score goals at this level. I came back and now I've got four goals and I know that I can keep scoring, I know that I can score goals in the Irish League and I just want to be given the chance to show that.

“After scoring three against Omagh, I have to say it would have been harsh if I didn't, I would have been annoyed if Alan (McDonald) didn't give me a start after that but thankfully he did and I got another one.

“I know that there's a lot more to come. I just keep finding myself in good positions, the right place at the right time. I don't know, maybe it's strikers' instincts but I just feel like I can score any time I am on the pitch.

“I am not cocky or arrogant about it, I am just confident in my ability. I don't really worry about people who say I have to prove myself. I'll just go out there and do it.”

Burrows is now licking his lips at the prospect of denting the title challenge of Glentoran’s old enemy from across the city. A home win would open up a seven-points lead for the Glens over Linfield but the Blues would have two games in hand to trim that advantage.

“We've got Linfield now and I am really looking forward to it,” he added. “These are the games I want to play in and score in and I see no reason why I can't.

“I know that if the manager picks me I feel I can score.”

The former Dundela forward actually made his first start for Glentoran in a Big Two game at the tail end of last season so he knows what the fixture is all about. That night Michael Halliday was once again the hero as he headed in a crucial equaliser that went a long way towards taking the Gibson Cup to the Oval.

Burrows wants to be man of the hour now and can't wait to get into the action.

“I feel better about myself going into this one than when we played them last year,” he said. “It was a big game last year and there weren't many chances but hopefully one will come my way this time.

“It's a big game for both teams, there will be a good atmosphere and it really would mean a lot to me if I was to score. But three points are the most important thing, especially as we can go top of the league if we win.”

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