Goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne hopes to cook up a win for Wolves against Chelsea

By dsguser
16 February 2017

Wolves goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne hopes to help cook Chelsea's goose just 18 months after making his own pre-match meals.

The 20-year-old has gone from the National League North to preparing to face the Premier League leaders in the FA Cup.

Burgoyne played as Wolves shocked Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in the fourth round and is now fighting with Carl Ikeme to feature against Chelsea in the fifth round on Saturday.

It is a change after he spent time on loan at Lowestoft and Corby where Burgoyne honed his cooking skills as he got to grips with his first taste of senior football in the National League North.

And now he is hoping to serve up a defeat for Diego Costa and Co. at Molineux.

Burgoyne said: "There's nothing to say we can't win. We'll have a game plan the manager puts in place and we'll go and try to win the game.

"You dream about playing against those sort of guys, I want to be as good as (Thibaut) Courtois, to be able to compete at that level is amazing. I never turn down the opportunity to learn, if it means watching Match of the Day or going out on loan.

"When I was on loan you had to provide your own food on away trips so that was a learning experience. It's taking responsibility for yourself and growing as a person - not only as a player.

"I made bolognese, BBQ chicken, anything that's good for you on a match day. I moved into my own little apartment about two months before I went out on loan and my mum used to be a chef so I was alright in the kitchen.

"I was quite lucky as I didn't have to clean my own kit but I had an open mind going there, when you're there and playing you realise how lucky you are to have the facilities at your parent club. It makes you appreciate what you've got ."

Burgoyne has made four appearances for Wolves this season, including their win at Anfield, and admits his first-team breakthrough this season has come as a surprise.

"I didn't expect it at all. With the amount of keepers I had ahead of me my plan at the start of the season was to play as many Under-23 games as I could and go out on loan to a Conference team," he told Press Association Sport.

"It's turned out I've had an opportunity of Championship football and I took my chance."

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