Fulham youngster Dan Burn has experienced an eventful start to his initial one-month loan spell at League One Yeovil Town.
Thrown straight into the starting XI for his debut last weekend at Preston North End, Burn scored at both ends as the Glovers went down to a 3-2 loss at Deepdale.
He told fulhamfc.com: “It’s going well, not results-wise, but I’m really enjoying going out and getting some first-team football, training and playing at a really good level and learning a new side of the game. It’s a lot more physical and the pace is quicker.”
The Northumberland-born defender continued: “Somerset is a long way from home. It’s two and a half hours from London and I haven’t even thought about how far it is from Newcastle.
“But my family were able to come and watch my debut at Preston as that’s only a few hours from Newcastle.”
Yeovil were trailing 2-1 to Preston, when former Darlington starlet Burn turned the ball into his own net. Less than 60 seconds later, however, the 20-year-old had gone up the other end to reduce the arrears with a firm header.
“It was a bit of a mad debut for me, to say the least,” he reflected. “I found out the night before that I’d be playing and I was buzzing, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve played in League Two before for Darlington but this was a higher level.
“We went 1-0 up quite early on through a penalty, but then we sat off them a bit and invited them onto us. They got a goal just after half-time and then made it 2-1.
“I couldn’t have done anything about the own goal. The guy pulled it back across and it hit me and flew into the bottom corner. After that it was in my head that this wasn’t the way I wanted to remember my debut and I went straight up the other end and scored.”
Yeovil then slipped to a sixth successive home loss when they took on Pompey in midweek and Burn said: “It was disappointing. We tried a new formation with three at the back and we struggled a bit. The communication wasn’t great between us.
“We changed it back to 4-4-2 at half-time and we did a lot better in the second half. We should have got something out of the game really. They were quite lucky with the winning goal - the lad just scuffed it into the bottom corner.
“We need to get out of this losing streak when we play Colchester United at home on Saturday. We’re 16th in the table and they’re one place below us so we really want to win.”
Despite the defeats, Burn feels the loan stint is already paying dividends.
“I’ve definitely improved as a player already,” he said. “It’s very different to playing for Fulham’s Under-21s where you’re up against a lot of lads the same age. This is so different physically and you’re playing against people who have played hundreds of games at this level.
“In my first game at Preston, I came off with cuts all over me. One of their lads also caught me with his elbow and bust my lip. It was like a ‘welcome to League One’ for me!
“While I’m here, I just to get as many games as I can and try and help Yeovil move up the table. We want to be pushing for the Play-Offs but obviously we’re not doing it at the minute.
“The loan is initially for a month and then we’ll see what happens. If they’re happy with me, then it could go on for longer.”