Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Paterson hungry to be back on the goal trail for Burnley

Martin Paterson is targeting goals on his return from injury.

The Northern Ireland striker made his comeback in Burnley’s FA Cup defeat to Reading on Saturday after almost four months out following knee surgery.

And despite being the second Premier League club to succumb to Reading in this season’s cup competition — after the Royals dumped Liverpool out in round three — Paterson is now hoping that there will be better days to come for him before the end of the season.

“I played six games in the Premier League without scoring before getting injured,” said the Stoke-born 22 year-old, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through his late grandfather.

“I’ve got to come back and try to score goals. I’m a goalscorer; I believe I can score goals no matter what the division.

“Now though I’m just happy to be fit again and have a chance to show what I can do.”

Patterson started in Northern Ireland’s defeat to Slovakia back in September, only to get injured a week later. He can expect a return to the squad for the March 3 friendly against Albania in Tirana.