Matt celebrates 21st with a pair
MATCHWINNER Matt McClure had a belated birthday present with two goals against Rotherham on Tuesday night.
The striker turned 21 on Saturday and celebrated with a brace that turned the game at the New York Stadium on its head, as Blues twice came from behind to win 3-2.
He was a late substitute on his birthday and admitted he should have marked the occasion with a goal against Northampton - but his pair against the Millers made up for it.
The Northern Ireland U21 international said: "It was my first start back from injury. I was quite excited, I was really up for the game and needed to take my chance and make sure I play Saturday. Luckily I did it tonight."
His second, which won the game, came from a quickly-taken free-kick by Dean Morgan that left home defenders appealing for offside.
But McClure said: "I knew I was onside - they kept trying to call the offside but they were just too slow.
"The keeper made it a bit easier for me as he started coming and stopped halfway. I'd made my mind up, but I thought I'd put it wide. Luckily it crept in."
Manager Gareth Ainsworth was full of praise for the striker after the game, predicting him for big things.
He said: "I know the way I want to play and Matty can feature heavily in it.
"He's finished two great goals tonight. I'm really pleased with Matt McClure because he's stayed patient. He missed an England/Northern Ireland game, which was hard for him to take. He wanted to get his hamstring right for me and it's paid dividends.
"He'll be a good player."