Date:Monday March 5 2007
Ade Akinbiyi has had a rather frustrating time since he arrived for his second spell for the Clarets from Sheffield United during the transfer window this January.
Although scoring in his debut in the FA Cup match against Reading, he has looked underpar in most of the League games.
Our former top goalscorer of last season (before his departure for the Blades in January 2006) has looked a shadow of his former self since his return clearly lacking match fitness with the muscles built up in all the wrong place! Neil Warnock does seem to have this knack of collecting forwards and not knowing what to do with them
In the Palace match however in a much better performance, Ade finally scored with a delightful header to equalise against Peter Taylor's outfit.
His delight and relief as he ran towards the cheering Longside was plain for all to see. This will hopefully be the kick start that Ade needs. But what does Ade himself think about it all?
Ade is quoted as saying:
'Not getting a league goal wasn't bothering me too much. The thing that was really bothering me was not getting the win and that is still there.
'I enjoyed getting the goal and I did celebrate well. But it wasn't because I got the goal it was because I knew we were back in the game and capable of winning it.'
In terms of his general fitness, Ade goes on to say
'It's coming slowly. It has taken me longer than I thought because I hadn't played any games at Sheffield United - not even a pre-season game.'
'When I first came here I thought I was quite fit. But it became obvious I wasn't match fit and the gaffer was right when he said I was two yards behind the pace.
'I will get there, I knew it would take a few games, it's just taken more games than I thought it would.'
Well hopefully now Ade is back and we can plough on and get that elusive win.
It strikes me all we need is Ade and Andy to start banging them in for fun again to steady the ship! That process seems to have at last started. Although there still might be a little way to go both Ade Akinbiyi and Andy Gray's performance were encouraging against Palace.
Up the Clarets and..
Date:Monday March 5 2007
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