In-form Ings is getting back to his best
Danny Ings believes he is playing better by the game as he looks to keep his scoring run going against Birmingham at Turf Moor this afternoon.
Ings’ return to fitness following a second successive bout of summer knee surgery has helped the Clarets climb the table with the frontman finishing on the losing side only once in his seven Championship starts since December.
And after scoring the second goal in Burnley’s 2-0 Millwall a week ago, the 20-year-old is looking to stay in the groove against a Birmingham side which felt the force of his finishing power when the two sides drew 2-2 a month ago.
“It’s going really well, on a personal note as well as a team,” admitted Ings, who also scored against the Blues at Turf Moor last season to register his first home goal as a Burnley player.
“When I came back in I was sometimes playing in the hole and sometimes out wide.
“At the moment I am playing in the hole and I feel like I am getting better each game.
“I like creating chances for myself and other players and in that position it brings the best out of me to do that.
“I feel fitter and fitter as well. My knee is feeling stronger every game I play and I feel more confident, especially with the wins and I have picked up a couple goals as well.
“Goals really give you confidence as a player. I wouldn’t call myself an out-and-out goalscorer.
“I like to create chances for other players but it’s always good to nick one now and again and build your confidence.
“I just need to go on a run now and get as many as I can.”
Danny Ings scored his first goal of the season at St Andrew's
Ings’ return to top form has been timely with top scorer Charlie Austin missing the last month with injury.
But Austin could be back to face the cash-strapped Blues, who are struggling to hold onto their major assets and pull clear off the relegation zone.
And Ings is looking forward to his return to supplement a strikeforce that has kept the Clarets firing with four wins in their last five games to climb to the edge of the play-off places.
He added: “With Charlie going out of the team people might have thought ‘Burnley will struggle now’.
“But we have dug in together and worked hard and other people have stepped up to the plate.
“Obviously Charlie is a big loss to the team but we knew we would dig in and do well without him and we have.
“And to get Charlie back will be a real boost for the last part of the season.”