Hugill hunting more goals after debut strike

Tuesday 16 January 2024 13:17

Joe Hugill took only three minutes to score on his debut for Burton Albion, after coming on as a substitute against Derby County on Monday night.

The Manchester United striker, who signed a new deal at Old Trafford before joining the Brewers on loan last week, came off the bench to level the scores at 2-2, only for the promotion-chasing Rams to snatch an injury-time winner through Conor Hourihane.

It meant a losing start for new boss Martin Paterson but plenty of encouragement for what lies ahead in their League One campaign.

Hugill's debut goal for Burton Video

Hugill's debut goal for Burton

See how Joe Hugill kept his composure to score three minutes into his loan debut...

When asked by Burton's official media if he could have envisaged such a great opening to life at the club, he replied: "Maybe not as quick but I always imagined a perfect start for me. Three minutes in, to get the goal is very good. It was just composing yourself again to try to get the next one. It's one of them where, sometimes, you've got too long to think about it but, as soon as I checked my shoulder, I knew I had time and just composed myself and then slotted it in the corner."

New manager Paterson has already been working closely with his new forward, who will be looking to force his way into the side for the game against Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

"He's said to keep going and obviously the chances will come," added Hugill. "The opportunities will come. Keep working hard on the training field and it will keep coming. I've really enjoyed it, all the lads have been very good to me and kind of helped me settle in as well.

"Obviously, it's a new manager coming in at pretty much the same time as well, and he's been trying to get his ideas across. With him being an ex-forward as well, he can show me what he did and try to improve my game.

"It's my home debut [on Saturday] and I can hopefully replicate the goal again and get another one or two."

Hugill has some senior experience with Altrincham, in another loan deal last term.

The 20-year-old, who signed for the Reds from Sunderland, has been on the bench under Erik ten Hag and scored in the pre-season victory over Leeds United in Oslo.

Let's hope he can build on this excellent start to life at Burton!