The Newcastle United dressing room request that Dan Burn hilariously mis-heard
Dan Burn enjoyed quite the night at St James’ Park as Newcastle United booked their place in the last four of the Carabao Cup.
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Dan Burn was asked to provide a dressing room speech after scoring in Newcastle United’s 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City - but did something completely different.
It was an extra special night for the 30-year-old, who fulfilled his boyhood dream of scoring at the Gallowgate End. It was Burn’s first goal for the club since joining from Brighton and Hove Albion last year, and one that set the Magpies on their way to their semi-final in 18 years.
With United rejoiced by the victory, the Sky Sports cameras were permitted into the home dressing room at full-time, where head coach Eddie Howe addressed his squad.
“Because the camera is there, I’m going to keep it short and sweet,” Howe was captured saying.
“Life and football for me are about moments. There are two moments I want you to reflect on today... the first one is the final whistle, through to the semi-final of a major cup competition - fantastic.
“The second is Dan Burn’s goal in front of the Gallowgate...”
It was then the Blyth-born defender stood up and performed a dance that left Howe, his teammates and fans on social media in stitches. Such smooth moves, however, weren’t necessarily what Howe was looking for...
“I was actually asking him to give a speech and he stood up and danced,” the Magpies head coach joked afterwards. “He’s a great character and added real leadership and experience to the group. He’s a really well-liked member of the dressing room.
“When someone as popular as him has a moment like that, it’s nice for everyone to share it with him. He moves quite well for a big man!”
After failing to convert a number of first half chances, Burn broke the deadlock on the hour-mark with a right-footed finish from a tight angle.
Burn marked the strike with an iconic knee slide before being mobbed by his teammates, who clearly shared his joy.
“Brilliant moment for him and the supporters,” Howe said.
“If you’re a betting man, there is no way you are ever putting money on Dan Burn’s right foot to open the scoring in any game. He missed a header I think he’ll be disappointed with but the goal was actually a thing of beauty.
“He won the ball high up the pitch, driven in with the ball and what a finish with his right foot from a tight angle. I’m delighted for him.
“He’s here with his family and obviously his story is well-known. It’s nights and moments like that, that make football what it is.”