Callum Burton warms up to role as spot-kick specialist after more heroics in Cambridge United’s win over Morecambe
Callum Burton is fast becoming a spot-kick specialist after more heroics in Cambridge United’s 2-1 win over Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two at the Abbey Stadium.
Paul Mullin had given United a one-goal first-half lead, and Morecambe had Liam Gibson sent off in the 55th minute.
But the Shrimps were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute after Greg Taylor was adjudged to have fouled Aaron Wildig in the area.
However, Burton dived low to his left to keep out Cole Stockton’s penalty to preserve United’s lead.
Mullin went on to get a second goal before Freddie Price pulled one back for Morecambe late on.
“We always research penalties as a goalkeeping unit because they are big moments in games and define games for us,” said Burton.
“We saw that at Oldham a few weeks ago, and it’s a similar situation. It’s the finer detail that goes unseen, and when it comes off, it means a lot to the team and I think it reflects the scoreline a lot as well.
“As a goalkeeping union we’re happy that we can positively affect the team with our research and put it into the game; we look at the whole squad.
“Earlier on in the season, there were two situations where Jamille Matt took a penalty and he has never taken a penalty before, so we didn’t look.
“We now go through everyone in the starting XI so when someone does step up we hope he goes the same way as he did before. It’s nice when the research pays off.
“When it comes off, it looks brilliant.”
Burton saved a penalty in the league game at Oldham Athletic earlier this month, and that adds to two stops in a penalty shoot-out at Brentford in the league cup last season and three against Peterborough United in the EFL Trophy this campaign.
“I couldn’t tell you really,” he said, when asked if he kept count personally.
“It’s one of them you go into and try to do as best you can and save as many as you can, but I haven’t kept a tally.
“It’s the work behind the scenes, practice and it doesn’t happen as much as many things but you’ve got to make sure when things do happen then you are ready as they do make a big difference in games.”
U’s head coach Mark Bonner did not underestimate the importance of the penalty save, especially coming when it did in the match.
“Cal has come up with a massive save. It’s a really good save as well,” he said.
“He’s come into the team and done ever so well recently, he’s made a lot of good saves.
“He made a brilliant save actually on their goal, before it is bundled over the line after that.
“A really important save for us at a time when we were finding it difficult, and a big match-winning moment from him.”