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BARNES: Smells Like Team Spirit

10 April 2014

Striker Ashley Barnes has praised the team spirit of Sean Dyche’s squad ahead of another big game at home to Middlesbrough this weekend.

Barnes, who arrived in January, has settled in well to life at Turf Moor, grabbing his second goal in the midweek win at Barnsley.

And the former Brighton hitman hailed the character of the Clarets’ dressing room ahead of Saturday’s big Turf Moor clash.

He said: “The spirit we have here as a group is fantastic. The gaffer has brought it in and it’s great to be a part of it.

“Since day one the lads have been so welcoming and I feel like I’ve been here all my career!”

Tuesday’s Oakwell win was just Burnley’s second over the Tykes in 82 years away from home.

And while this continues to be a record-breaking season for the Clarets, Barnes is firmly focused on the immediate task ahead.

He added “All I want to do is put the ball in the back of the net and by scoring goals I’m helping the team out.

“Our main aim is to concentrate on the next game on Saturday against Middlesbrough, and go and get the three points.

“At home we’ll have the crowd behind us, which is a huge advantage for us and we’ll go again.

“We’re keeping our feet on the ground, we’re looking for the win and we’ll go from there.

The player struck early on at Oakwell to claim all three points and his second goal in a Burnley shirt.

And while Barnes was thrilled to add to his account, he insisted it was the win that mattered.

He said “It was fantastic delivery from Michael Kightly and all I could do was guide it in to the goal and luckily enough, I did that.

“Because the goal came quite early we had the momentum for the rest of the game. We maybe should or could have got that second goal, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters.

“It was fantastic to go there and play well on a pitch that wasn’t the best. To get the three points was massive for us!”

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