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Barnes Delight At Brighton Return

3 April 2016

Ashley Barnes was delighted to return to action in a gripping 2-2 draw against his former employers Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Clarets striker replaced goalscorer Andre Gray in the 81st minute after returning to the bench for the first time since May.

And Barnes reflected on a dramatic end to the top of the table clash after seeing Michael Keane’s header wrongly ruled out at close quarters, before the centre-back did finally equalise in the third minute of time added on.

He said: “It was brilliant as it’s the first time for me coming back here and I got a good reception from home and away fans.

“I just wanted to go on and try to score, maybe get the winner or just the equaliser. That was my main thought just to do the basics.

"For the disallowed goal, I was coming in from the back stick and I’ve seen it so far over the line and you can tell by our reaction to celebrate so I don’t know why they didn’t give it.

“Luckily enough we weren’t robbed in the end and we got another goal and it was good resilience from us to keep going past the 90 minutes.”

With seven games to go and a three point gap at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, Barnes’ return is another boost for a side 16 games unbeaten.

In the 2013/14 promotion campaign, the former Brighton man arrived in January and scored a number of key goals.

Now, he is hoping to have come back stronger and help the side get over the line again once more after his journey back to full fitness.

“It’s gone quick to be fair. It’s been a good journey and I’ve managed to strengthen every other part of my body as well and hopefully I’m fitter and better than where I was before.

“It’s for us to keep pushing on now and nicking those points along the and hopefully we can replicate the promotion season and do it again.

“We go into Tuesday which is another tough game and then we’ll go again on Saturday.

“I’m sure I’ll get a brilliant reception from the home crowd at Turf Moor. They turned out in numbers again and packed out behind the goal which is amazing.”

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