Juke hitting the right notes for Birmingham
Lukas Jutkiewicz is a keen musician and, having failed to notch a solitary goal for Burnley, he’s certainly hitting those right notes at Birmingham, netting again for them last night against Rotherham.
Having started this season on our bench as he returned from the cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for all but the first month of last season, he moved to Birmingham on a loan with an agreement in place for a permanent transfer and he’s certainly regained his instinct in front of goal.
Last night he scored their second in a 4-2 victory over Rotherham to add to the three goals he’d scored previously against Sheffield Wednesday, QPR and Nottingham Forest.
It’s left his manager Gary Rowett delighted with him. He said after the game last night which hoisted them into the play-off positions: “The second goal is a good ball into the box, when Jukey is getting the ball crossed into him and he’s in the middle of the goal not many teams are going to be able to stop him.
“That’s a real strong start to his Blues career, four goals in something like eight or nine appearances. He was a real handful and physical presence at times.”
Juke wasn’t the only current and ex-Burnley player to score last night. The names were coming up thick and fast. It included two other current players out on loan and four former Clarets.
Jelle Vossen was first. He scored the opening goal in Club Brugge’s Champions League game against Porto. It counted for little in the end with Porto equalising in the second half and scoring a winner from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time.
One name on the scoresheet in English football for the first time was that of Fredrik Ulvestad. Another Burnley player out on loan, he’s had little experience since joining us early in 2015 and is currently spending this season in League One with Charlton.
Last night he gave them the lead in a game they dominated at Port Vale. He had another opportunity in the second half which he spurned and they paid the price with Vale equalising late in the game.
One side going very well in League One currently is Sheffield United and their game provided another Burnley player with a goal. They beat Shrewsbury, who are now bottom, away from home. Billy Sharp scored twice but Danny Lafferty got the second with a header. Blades’ boss Chris Wilder described his performance as particularly impressive.
To add to that, three former Burnley strikers, two of whom were with us on loan, scored League One goals. Dean Bowditch netted for MK who yet again failed to win at home despite holding a two goal lead against Bristol Rovers with three minutes remaining.
Nathan Delfouneso scored his first Swindon goal in a shock 3-0 home win against a Rochdale side who went into the game on the back of six successive wins, and Marvin Sordell scored Coventry’s second in a 2-1 home win against Oxford that lifted them off the bottom of the table. It’s his fourth of the season.
Dan Agyei started that game, playing the first 75 minutes on the right hand side, and a late substitute appearance for Josh Ginnelly at Gillingham was a second league outing for Walsall.Share this page :