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Burton Albion: Adam McGurk delighted with set piece winner

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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ADAM McGurk may well try to establish himself as Burton Albion's free kick specialist as he looks to go on a scoring run for the club, writes David Broome.

The striker curled home a sumptuous set piece to sink Queen's Park Rangers at the Pirelli Stadium and send the Brewers through to the Capital One Cup third round.

It was his first goal of the season, and his first free kick goal for the club, and he admitted it felt great to score the winner on Wednesday night.

"It was about time I scored one – I missed a few last season," said the former Tranmere Rovers man.

"I needed a goal and I want to get a run going as quickly as I can.

"The little knocks and niggles I had at the start of the season have been frustrating, but hopefully that's the end of them.

"I want to get back to playing 90 minutes and getting goals."

Albion have not had an established free kick taker recently, and McGurk would be a prime candidate for the role after revealing the goal against Rangers was a ell rehearsed routine.

"I got a bit of stick yesterday for practising free kicks like that in training," he said.

"The boys were giving it to me, so I said I'd put one away.

"The work you do in training paying off is probably the best feeling.

"You practise and you practise and when it does come off on the pitch, it's great."

Though the Premier League side understandably edged possession at the Pirelli, Albion were the better side throughout, carving out more goal opportunities – with three times as many shots on target as their big-spending visitors.

"It wasn't a snatch and grab, we matched them all over," said McGurk.

"Everyone was pretty composed, because we were creating chances, just not putting them away.

"Sometimes that does come back to haunt you, but luckily it didn't.

"It was a great night for the gaffer, the players and the club.

"I wouldn't say we were surprised (at how well Albion did) – we just worked hard, grafted away and created the chances ourselves."

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