The Collingwood veteran would have been one relieved man on Friday night when Alan Didak’s goal with just 20 seconds remaining gave the Pies a thrilling two-point win over Port Adelaide to keep their top four hopes alive.
Just two minutes earlier with the Magpies still needing a goal to hit the front, Burns hit the post when running into an open goal from just 20 metres out – when he had the option of handballing the ball to two Collingwood players on their own in the goal square.
Burns’ miss resulted in amazing scenes in the Magpies’ coaching box as coach Mick Malthouse threw off his headset in disgust and looked as though he was going to walk out of the box fearing the Magpies had blown their chance of winning.
Malthouse eventually resumed his seat and watched Didak give his side the lead before Burns almost brought the Magpies undone again when his handball in the middle of the ground – at the next centre bounce – was intercepted by Brendon Lade.
Luckily for the Magpies and Burns, Lade’s long shot in the last 10 seconds missed and Collingwood hung on to win by two points