Iron forward Deon Burton was pleased to return to action on Saturday in the 3-0 win at Gillingham.Burton has been sidelined since August 19, when he last played against Fleetwood at Glanford Park and caretaker manager Andy Dawson put the forward on in the 87th minute.
He entered the field of play at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium to applause from all sides of the ground after he played over 40 times for the Gills before leaving them in the summer of 2013.
“It’s been a long time (since I last played),” Burton told The Iron Player.
“Tuesday was a bit too early for me, even though I was available, and it’s great to be back involved and I am glad the team got the win.
“Being a former Gillingham player, it was my target to play this game from when I got injured. Luckily for me I got back in time, not to start, but to make a little cameo.”
The home side were reduced to ten men when Doug Loft saw red for a lunge on Luke O’Neill ten minutes before the break and Burton felt the Iron dealt with the situation well, in the club’s first game without Russ Wilcox this season.
“It’s always tough when you play against ten men,” he added. “We saw the game out in a professional manner and got two more goals in the second half.
“I didn’t realise it was our first league clean sheet of the season, it’s a bonus as well as scoring three on the road, they were good goals and it helps us move on.”
The former Jamaican international was initially ruled out until November and his early return is down to special treatment.
“I had three sugar injections,” he explained.
“I had one every Monday and it stimulates the area to get blood back in there to speed up the healing process.
“I’ve had no reaction to it and I got through the last five minutes fine so I’m looking forward to building on it and getting back to full fitness.
“I can use the reserve games to get my fitness up and hopefully I can get some more minutes under my belt or with extra training sessions and avoid any more injuries.”
Former Huddersfield and Coventry manager Mark Robins takes up the vacant post as Scunthorpe United manager today, after signing a long-term deal with the club and he was formally unveiled to the press by Peter Swann.
Burton knows very little about his new manager, but he is relishing the chance to work with the former Manchester United player, who was watching in the stands alongside the Iron’s chairman..
“I’d expect Mark would be pleased with what he has seen,” he said.
“A 3-0 away win could make any manager happy and he can add to it when he comes in.
“He was a youth team manager at Rotherham when I was there and he was a striker which obviously helps on my side of the game so it will be interesting.
“I don’t know much about him as a manager, he’s had good stints as a manager and long may it continue with us.”
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