“A Bit Random” – Joe Bursik on his emergency loan with Lincoln City

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Joe Bursik has opened up about his appearance for Lincoln City in the play-off semi-final against Sunderland.

The Imps were forced to sign an emergency loan with England Under-21 goalkeeper after regular number one Alex Palmer suffered a concussion during training.

Manager Michael Appleton considered throwing young Sam Long into the squad, but played it safe and moved to Bursik from Stoke City, who had already shown up for his parent club, Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United during the season .

And Bursik played a key role, making some brilliant saves as the Imps won the first leg 2-0 before triumphing 3-2 on aggregate.

“Obviously the Lincoln game was a bit hit and miss in the way it played out,” Bursik said, reported StokeonTrentLive.

“I had been gone a week ago to relax, switch off a bit, but my agent called me and of course I said I would go there and play another game.

“There was another group of guys to impress, another group of fans to show what I can do.

“It was really good and the highlight of what I’ve learned throughout the season came out in this game against Lincoln. It was a high pressure situation, on TV, and I thought I had done really well. It was really positive.

“I always tell myself that I want to make sure that I get better and better with each game and that I learn from what I did in the last game. I think that’s what I did to a certain extent, so I’m really happy with it.



Stoke City goalkeeper Joe Bursik in training with the England Under-21s.

Bursik was in goal for Peterborough – also on emergency loan – for the controversial 3-3 draw between the teams a few weeks earlier.

The Imps were leading 3-0 at one point, but Posh fought back and, thanks to a hugely controversial penalty at the end of added time, got the point they needed to automatically promote to the championship.

“Going to Peterborough and Lincoln in high pressure situations where there wasn’t a lot of room for error, you couldn’t lose because it was pretty tight at the top or it was a play-off” , said Bursik.

“It was yet another different experience that I had to face. I thought I played very well with them.

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