Defeat takes the shine off striker's big moment
A bitter-sweet symphony played in striker Ashley Barnes's head after his '˜magical moment' was clouded out by Burnley's 2-1 defeat against Liverpool.
The 27-year-old became the first Claret since 1975 to score at Anfield when stabbing Matt Lowton’s stunning cross past Simon Mignolet in front of the Kop.
Peter Noble was the last, netting early in the second half to give Jimmy Adamson’s side the lead against the Reds in the third round of the League Cup.
Jimmy Case then levelled things up for the home side with nine minutes of the tie remaining.
After scoring his fifth goal of the campaign, Barnes said: “It’s another one to the tally, I’ve still got a long way to go to get to a target but it’s another one on the board. Unfortunately coming away with a loss is a kick in the teeth.
“I couldn’t have dreamt of scoring in front of the Kop as a youngster. Apparently it’s the first goal we’ve scored here since 1975, I don’t think he had any hair either and I’m losing mine!
“It felt incredible. As a striker for the ball to hit the back of the net is an amazing feeling. Joey’s been giving me stick this week in training and luckily enough I’ve got one.”
Barnes added: “It’s up there definitely in my career, at a tough place like this to come and play.
“It was a magical moment, but I’m disappointed with the result.”
Barnes gave the visitors the lead in the sixth minute but Liverpool equalised in first half stoppage time courtesy of Georginio Wijnaldum’s finish.
Emre Can’s strike just after the hour then sealed the points for the hosts.
“We did so well again. The first half was really good from us but to concede on half-time is a kick in the teeth,” Barnes ended.