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Barnes Still Gunning For The Record

3 May 2017

Ashley Barnes wants to lay sole claim to the Clarets’ Premier League goal-scoring record after joining Danny Ings at the top of the charts.

Barnes equalled Ings’ total of 11 Premier League goals for Burnley when he set the Clarets on their way to last Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

And the striker hopes there are more to come before the end of the campaign.

“It’s a good achievement, but it’s not enough,” said Barnes.

“I only got five in the first season and six now. I want to score as many as I can before the end of the season.

“I set myself a target and I’m a long way off yet. It is the hardest league, but the main point is safety and that’s what I want to achieve first.”

Ashley Barnes ended an injury-hit 20-month wait for a goal when he scored against Crystal Palace at Turf Moor

Barnes’ goal at Selhurst Park has helped take Sean Dyche’s men within touching distance of playing top-flight football in successive seasons for the first time since Burnley dropped out of the old First Division in 1976.

It also took him level with the tally Ings racked up in the 2014/15 season and kept him two clear of Andre Gray, who came off the bench to score his ninth Premier League goal of the current campaign.

Gray’s goal wrapped up a first away win of the seasons and mean that beating West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor on Saturday will guarantee survival for the Clarets with two games to go – regardless of how Swansea fare against Everton later the same day. 

“We know technically we’re not properly safe yet but we will go into the game against West Brom and hopefully get three points,” added Barnes,

“That will secure our safety in the Premier League and if we can do that it’s a massive achievement from all the boys.

“To stay in this league is the hardest in the world, for me. 

“To stay in it is massive. You see the likes of Sunderland, what a massive club, and they are down.

“Newcastle last year and for us as well, to go down and bounce back like we did was tremendous.”

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