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Ross: Blackburn win my best moment

12 March 2014

Ross Wallace has admitted Sunday’s derby victory over Blackburn Rovers was the best moment in his Burnley career so far.

The wide man came off the bench to make a big impact with just over twenty minutes to go.

First, his in-swinging delivery from a free-kick ended on the head of captain Jason Shackell to draw the Clarets level.

Six minutes later, the Scot also played an important part in Danny Ings’ winner.

And Wallace was delighted to contribute to the historic victory.

He said: “I don’t think it was the best game to watch. It was a typical derby match.

“There was a little bit of relief at the end, really. They played a few [long] balls forward in the last fiteen minutes, but overall I thought we edged it.

“We always looked like we could score and we were pushing.

“It was good to get on the pitch. Our job as substitutes is to come on, make an impact and then try to get a start for the next game.

“What players want to do is play matches and I’m no different.

“It was nice to play a part.

“I don’t think it was my best game [for Burnley], but for the fans and in terms of the occasion that’s probably been the best moment since I’ve been here.”

However, Wallace – who is steadily getting into full fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off – insists the squad has now put all their focus on the next challenge.

The Clarets travel to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City tonight as they look to build on a run of three straight wins and strenghten their grip on second place in the Championship table.

The Scot scored against the Blues both home and away last season which is why he is particularly looking forward to this fixture.

He added: “I think I’m fully fit now. I’ve had a fair bit of training under my belt and a few reserve games as well.

“I feel ready to play a part and contribute to the team whether the manager puts me in or coming off the bench.

“The more minutes I get on the pitch, the better I’ll get as the season goes on.

“It’s another big, important game for us against Birmingham. The fans will still be basking in glory at the minute, but players and staff just move on and prepare for the next game.

“We want to go there, put in a good performance and get the three points.

“I always seem to nick a goal at St Andrew’s. The omens are good, so hopefully I can nick another one and get the three points!”

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