Striker stakes his claim for season opener
Danny Ings is adamant he should be credited with the opening goal of the Championship season.
The in-form Clarets striker got the season up and running with a ‘goal’ against Bolton Wanderers at Turf Moor on Saturday, which was later credited by the broadcaster and several national newspapers as a David Wheater own-goal.
But despite television replays clearly showing the Trotters defender getting the final touch to the shot, Ings insists it’s his goal!
“It’s my goal, all day long,” said Ings. “There was a lot of hard work to be done to get past Wheater, but I did that and my shot was on target and it went in, so at the end of the day it’s my goal!
“You have to take every goal, whether it comes of your shin, your nose, anything; it’s my goal at the end of the day.”
Ings, who was in great goalscoring form in pre-season, netting five goals in four games, admits is enjoying his football again following two injury-hit pre-seasons in his Turf Moor career.
He added: “I have hit a good bit of form at the moment. I’m enjoying playing up front as a striker, and I just want it to carry on into the season.
“You don’t want to put any extra pressure on yourself, but if you’re going out and enjoying your football and you’re smiling on the pitch, you’re going to score goals as a striker.”
“I could have had two or three on Saturday. I was unlucky not to - maybe I just snatched on a couple of chances - but I will put them right in the next game.”
With Charlie Austin’s departure to QPR, Ings new strike partner Sam Vokes filled the void at the weekend as the targetman.
And Ings, playing alongside the Welshman, believes the burgeoning partnership showed plenty of promise.
“Sam is ridiculously good at holding the ball up, he’s fantastic supporting me, he’s a big strong boy and he is good to work with. We have a good partnership and I enjoy playing alongside him,” said Ings, who
hopes to shake of a spot of cramp to resume striking duties at York City on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup first round.
Story by Matt Smith