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Wallace Ready To Strike

4 December 2012

On-song winger hopes to build on derby showing

In-form wingman Ross Wallace is confident his first goal of the season is on the way after finding his range in the Clarets’ recent good run.

Wallace has gone more than a year without finding the back of the net since a run of four goals in as many games made him the first Burnley player for six years to enjoy such a prolific spell.

His drought has continued into the current campaign but the former Scotland international remains a key component of the Clarets’ attack.

And Wallace hopes his role will soon expand from creator to finisher after peppering the opponents’ goal in recent weeks.

“I have been frustrated. It’s not for the want of trying and I have been practising my shooting,” he said.

“I have been getting shots away and the keepers have been making good saves.

“I also hit the bar at Hull, so hopefully it’s not too far away and I can get off the mark.

 “I have been getting closer so hopefully if I get one it will continue.”

Wallace stung the palms of Blackburn’s Paul Robinson with a typical left-foot drive in last Sunday’s derby to spark the Clarets’ best spell of the game as he again went close to scoring.

And while it needed a late goal from Sam Vokes to give Burnley a 1-1 draw, Wallace believes Sean Dyche’s side - which has lost just two of its last seven games - is showing the form needed to make progress up the Championship as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest. 

“The first-half performance was probably the best we have played all season,” added the former Preston winger, who is showing some of the best form of his Clarets' career.

“That has set the marker for us going into the rest of the season.

“That’s the standard we want to keep and if we can repeat that kind of performance to the end of the season hopefully we won’t be too far away.

“And considering the way we played on Sunday hopefully we will start getting the wins in the next few games and start climbing the table.”

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