Gillingham striker Deon Burton said he used the hostile reception he received at Rotherham to inspire him
Deon Burton silences the home fans after scoring the
opener against Rotherham on Saturday Picture:
By Alex Hoad
Deon Burton revealed the hostile reception he received from the
Rotherham fans inspired him to score the double which earned
Gillingham victory on Saturday.
Burton was booed from start to finish by the home fans, angry at
the 36-year-old’s defection from the Millers to local rivals
Sheffield Wednesday in 2006 but answered them by scoring both the
Burton’s eventful day also saw him clash with Rotherham skipper
Ian Sharps in the opening minutes, which saw the defender depart
with a facial injury and then get booked for an innocuous challenge
before the break.
Burton, who took his tally to the season to nine goals, said:
"You’d have thought they’d have got over it, it was six or seven
years ago. I’m old enough not to let it faze me. It didn’t bother
me in the slightest.
"It does spur you on, you thrive off it. When you get a bit of
stick, you want to give a bit back in the right way. Hopefully, I
did that with the two goals.
"That’s what we got told to do, silence the crowd with our feet
and luckily that’s what we did."
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