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Derby win leaves Ings speechless

11 March 2014

Goalscoring hero Danny Ings admitted he was left speechless having netted Burnley’s winner in a long-awaited victory over local rivals Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

Captain Jason Shackell cancelled out Jordan Rhodes’ first-half strike with a brave header before Ings’ left-foot shot sent the 4,500 travelling Clarets fans into seemingly never-ending joy at the Darwen End.

It was Burnley’s first win in the East Lancashire derby since goals from Tony Morley and Brian Hall gave the Clarets a 2-1 win at Ewood Park in an old Second Division fixture on 14 April, 1979.

And Ings struggled to describe the emotions he went through once the final whistle blew to finally end the nearly 35 year-long wait on Sunday.

He said: “I was speechless coming off the pitch at the end. There could be no better feeling. The adrenalin is still going through me now.

“You can see how much it means to the 4,500 fans. They were behind us from start to finish, even when we were one-nil down.

“We had to do it for them which is fantastic. They’ve got to enjoy this moment. The lads have made history.”

The all-important goal – one he is unlikely to ever forget – also meant the striker has now reached a tally of 25 goals for the season in all competitions.

However, Ings was full of praise for his teammates, especially substitutes Ross Wallace and Ashley Barnes whose introduction onto the field of play with 22 minutes to go coincided with the beginning of what was to become a famous comeback.

Burnley’s top scorer added: “When you look at Roscoe’s [Ross’] ball for Shacks’ goal, it was a fantastic, teasing cross. Shacks’ bravery was fantastic as well.

“To be honest, mine wasn’t the cleanest strike. Barnesy got the assist. I was there to knock it in at the end.

“I wouldn’t say I dreamt it [scoring 25 goals this season]. I was always going to work hard in training and score as many goals as I can.”

Sunday’s victory also sent Burnley eight points clear in second place in the Championship table.

And while clearly acknowledging the historical and emotional significance of the win, Ings was keen to quickly move on and concentrate on Wednesday’s next league game – away at St Andrew’s against Birmingham City.

Despite the opposition’s lower position in the league standings, the England under-21 international, who scored in this fixture last season, expects a difficult test in the ‘second city’.

He said: “We are in a strong place at the moment. Today’s [Sunday’s] game is behind us now. We’ve got to go there [to St Andrew’s] on Wednesday and do the same thing.

“It’s irrelevant [where they are in the table]. It’s the same group of players on the pitch that will come up against us.

“We’ve got to be professional. Enjoy this moment now, be professional and go into that game with a free mind.”

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