Paterson pleased by PL goal
Burnley striker Martin Paterson said he was happy after scoring his first Premier League goal for the club.
Last Updated: 22/02/10 3:44pm
Burnley striker Martin Paterson admitted he was a relieved man after bagging his first Premier League goal for the club in the 5-2 defeat at Aston Villa.
Paterson was on target in the 90th minute to bag a consolation for his side after they had been undone by a Villa spell of three goals in five minutes, the strike marking the end of a difficult period for the Northern Ireland international.
The 22-year-old had missed five months of the season after he tore medial knee ligaments in a League Cup clash with Barnsley in September.
The injury brought an end to his starting run in the team that coincided with Burnley's bright start to life in the Premier League, and Paterson admitted he was frustrated not to be involved.
He was on target with a crisp finish at Villa Park after coming on as a substitute, though, and returns to action with his side mired in a relegation dogfight.
And despite facing a survival battle and making his comeback in what was a poor Clarets performance, the former Scunthorpe United man was happy to be back out on the pitch.
He told the club's official website: "It's frustrating it's come in the circumstances it did. It was a good landmark for me after my injury. It's been a long road back.
"I went from being in the team and playing week-in, week-out to sitting on my couch for four months and not playing football.
"I have been trying to get back and I got a chance to come on up front and managed to nick one.
"I have just got to keep doing my best and believe in myself that I will score goals."
Brian Laws was disappointed with his side following the result which left them second from bottom in the table, although he believes Paterson's goal was important - despite the circumstances.
He added: "The majority of people will say it didn't really matter but to him it means a hell of a lot and it will give him a lot of confidence, just putting the ball in the back of the net for his first Premier League goal. It will help him as a person and as a striker."
Paterson will now turn his attentions to displacing Laws' recent front pairing of David Nugent and Steven Fletcher, who have both found the net since the new manager's appointment at Turf Moor.
Burnley host Portsmouth this weekend and Paterson is under no illusions as to the size of the task his team face in trying to secure Premier League football for a second successive season.
But he called on his team-mates to rectify their recent performances by securing a result against the crisis-stricken club.
He went on: "Everyone has to muck in together and roll our sleeves up and get into this fight. We still believe we will stay up. We all want to make sure we stay in this league.
"When you play top players they can destroy you in five minutes and none of us are happy about it. We are looking to resurrect that result against Pompey.
"As a club and a team we've got to be right up for it and give them a hell of a time at Turf Moor. Let's just hope the fans turn up again and give it everything so we can get three points."