Goal star Ross looks for bumper Christmas points' haul
Ross Wallace insists the Clarets have plenty to be positive about as they head into Christmas.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham City was the fourth time in five games Burnley have had to share the points as they inched up to 14th-place in the Championship – three ahead of Blackburn Rovers.
But the performance at St Andrew’s, when Sean Dyche’s men came from behind before being denied victory by Nikolas Zigic’s late leveller, was one of their best away from home this season.
And Wallace remains upbeat about Burnley’s prospects as they prepare for a home double header against Derby County on Boxing Day and Leicester City next Saturday.
“That’s where we are at the minute,” said the wingman, whose sensational free-kick looked set to give the Clarets their first win for a month.
“We were a bit unlucky. We created lots of chances and played well so, as the manager has said to us, it’s important that we don’t get disappointed with ourselves.
“We are picking up points and we will start picking up wins if we play like that.
“And when we do win, these points we are picking up at the moment will be vital.
“Fans can tell when they are watching teams that are struggling if they are not creating chances and under pressure a lot.
“But we pretty much dominated the game. They had spells for five minutes here and there with the big striker up front when they played the ball into him and we had to deal with that.
“But I think we looked more likely to open them up and score.
“We have conceded a late goal but it’s a tough place to come and I think these will pick up as the season goes on.
“It’s important we don’t get disappointed and we have a couple of home games now which we are looking forward to.
“It’s important we get the fans right behind us over the Christmas period and if we can pick up some decent wins at home hopefully that can kick us on up the table and we can look forward to next year.”
Wallace’s goal would have been a worthy winner as he followed Danny Ings onto the scoresheet for the first time this season to put the Clarets’ 2-1 up.
His stunning set-piece was a carbon copy of a vital goal he scored for Preston at St Andrew’s to help North End into the play-offs in 2009 – although this time he kept his shirt on to avoid a red card.
And the Scot, playing some of the best football of his Turf Moor career, hopes that ending a barren run stretching back more than 12 months will be a pre-cursor of things to come.
“I am quite lucky at this place. I always seem to score a free-kick here,” Wallace added.
“I fancied my chances and I was determined to get off the mark. Hopefully I will get on the goal trail now.”