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Barnes Looking To Grab Chance

25 March 2014

Ashley Barnes is desperate to grab his chance in Burnley’s starting line-up in the absence of top-scorer Danny Ings.

After making his first start in the Clarets’ 2-1 win over Leeds, the striker opened his goalscoring account with a well placed header in last weekend’s 3-0 win at Charlton.

Now off the mark, Barnes is looking to add to his goal tally and maintain his teams 100% win record with the ex-Brighton striker in the starting 11.

He said: “Unfortunately Ingsy got injured but that has given me the chance to start the last two games.

 “I’ve come into the side and hopefully I can score as many goals as possible between now and the end of the season.

“We’ve got Doncaster on Tuesday and hopefully I can get on the score-sheet again.

“Everyone will look at me and think about goals but I am here to play my part and help the team push on.

“I am happy to play anywhere the manager wants me to play.”

 “To have the chance in the team now is a good opportunity for me to show what I can do.”

Burnley are currently enjoying a four game winning run at home, with their last defeat at Turf Moor coming over a year ago.

The Clarets’ recent impressive home form is one of the reasons Sean Dyche’s team sit second in the Championship, 10 points clear of Derby.

And Barnes believes the team have been able to turn in such assured performances, both home and away, due to hard work in training.

He said: “It starts in training and we can all see the rewards.

“We all train hard so we can go hard in games.

“Everyone is ready and waiting to play and when we are called upon we are ready to go.

“It’s been very exciting for me personally, jumping in with the boys that have been on fire all though the season.

“All that is in our minds is Tuesday now though and we have to continue to go one game at a time.”

Burnley’s number 30 also had a special mention for the supporters who made the trip South to witness Barnes’ first goal in claret and blue.

He said: “The fans are right behind us and were fantastic again at the weekend.

“It felt like we had more than what they (Charlton) did at home, it was phenomenal!

“I think they can be a vital push for us in every game.”

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