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Jones’ Derby Strike Was Instinctive

3 March 2014

David Jones labelled his wonder-goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Derby as “instinctive”.

The Clarets midfielder bagged a memorable first league goal of the season to give Burnley the lead after 29 minutes; controlling Danny Ings’ chipped pass and volleying past Lee Grant in the Derby goal.

Jones’ stunning effort against his former club, along with Dean Marney’s second half finish, gave the Clarets their fourth victory in five games and opened up a five-point gap over their third-placed opponents.

And after both midfielders were among the goals, Jones hailed the importance of spreading the goals across the team.

He said: “It was good for both midfielders to get on the scoresheet today and give the strikers a bit of a break and it’s good that the goals are being spread out a bit at the moment.

“My goal was just instinctive really! I didn’t have a lot of time, so instead of going for power I went for a bit of a loop and luckily it hit the bar and went in.

“From the edge of the box a looping finish is very effective sometimes.”

Following Saturday’s victory, Burnley strengthened their hold on second spot in the Championship - and are enjoying an 11-match unbeaten run in the league.

Next up is the highly anticipated East Lancashire derby at Blackburn Rovers, with 4,500 fans set to make the short trip down the M65.

And while Jones acknowledges Sunday’s clash is important for the fans, the midfield maestro is keen to treat the game as any other.

He said: “We’ll take a lot of fans there and prepare as we normally do for each game, but there is definitely an added spice.

“It’s one we want to win, the same as any other, but for the fans it’s a big one.

“We’re in a good place at the moment, but we know you’ve got to be up for every game in this league otherwise you’ll get punished.”



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