Debutant Harry Burgoyne thrived off pressure of Wolves debut

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Young keeper Harry Burgoyne said he thrived off the pressure from his shock Wolves debut – and hopes it's the first of many appearances.

Last week the 19-year-old was fourth-choice keeper. But owing to injuries to Carl Ikeme and Andy Lonergan and a lack of match sharpness for Jon Flatt he was catapulted into the limelight for Saturday's clash with Fulham.

It may have finished 4-4 but Burgoyne – who last year was turning out for Lowestoft Town in National League North – was blamless for Fulham's goals and made some fine saves to keep the score down.

"I really enjoyed it," he said.

"I thought it could have gone two ways – either shy away from it or thrive off it.

"So I just took it, really enjoyed it, the first kick was good, up the line, so I thought let's move on from that and it just went from there really.

"There were a few nerves! I'm not usually one to get nervous but yeah there were nerves to start off with.

"I just thrived off it and enjoyed it throughout the game.

"You could say (at half time) it's hard to deal with that three have gone in the top corners but I just thought the best I can do now is make sure none go in so we've got the best chance of winning.


"I made a couple of decent saves in the second half and we got the result in the end, so it's a massive thing."

With a decision not made on Andy Lonergan's fitness until Saturday morning, Burgoyne found out late on that he was going to play.

But a warm ovation from the South Bank before kick off helped settle the youngster, whose name was regularly sung throughout the game.

"That really meant a lot," he said. "I've obviously been at the club quite a long time and they've heard of my name in the younger age groups.


"It felt nice running to the South Bank knowing they were behind me.

"I was just under the understanding to just report as if you're going to play, you've got to prepare even if you're not playing the same way you do if you're on the bench.

"You never know what's going to happen. Lonners wasn't fit to play so it was my chance."

Burgoyne, who was praised by boss Paul Lambert after the game, made a pivotal double save when Wolves were 3-1 down.

Twenty minutes later the score was 3-3.

"I was really pleased with the fact Danny (Batth) gives me a tap on the shoulder (after the double save) and it feels like I've got him behind me as well and the whole team.

"For the lads to go up and make it a level game, it was a good feeling.

"Being 3-1 down, if someone was to say at half time you're going to draw 4-4 I think we probably would have taken it.

"It showed great character from us to get a point out of the game."

Shropshire-born Burgoyne had been the hero at Molineux a few days earlier when saving two penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy shoot-out victory over Sunderland.

That helped his confidence, the teenager said, albeit there were 18,000 more people to watch him on Saturday.

He added: "It helped a little bit playing at the big stadium. The fact all the fans were there and it's noisy, your communication isn't heard as much so there's a lot of difference but the game on Monday really did help me.

"I came out of that with a lot of confidence.

"I'm proud and happy that it's done and it's happened. But it's only the start. I just want to go on and be a long-term player at the club.

"I won't get carried away with it and just keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard."


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