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Belief Pays Off For Goal Hero Wood

Chris Wood confident goal would come as Clarets strike late to draw with West Ham

14 October 2017

Chris Wood kept believing a goal would come as he struck late to earn the Clarets a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Burnley endured a testing afternoon after falling behind to an early Michail Antonio strike and then seeing the Hammers pack men behind the ball after the sending of Andy Carroll with more than an hour to go.

But Sean Dyche’s men kept going to the end and with three strikers on the pitch were rewarded with Wood’s headed equaliser from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s peach of a cross to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six games.

“That’s what happens. You get a bit more space when there are more bodies and Vokesy and Barnesy made it a lot easier, stretching the game and making sure we had space in the box,” said Wood, whose three Premier League goals have brought the Clarets five points.

“It was a perfect cross, inch-perfect and it was nice to be able to finish it off.

“As a striker you’ve just got to keep going because there’s always going to be another chance.

“It’s always going to fall to someone in the box and you’ve got to make sure you’re alive.

“All the players are ready for that, even if it does come in the last few minutes, so we are confident we can score goals.”

The Clarets have scored just twice at home this season but have still been beaten just once.

And Wood believes that shows the kind of test opposition sides know they now face at Turf Moor.

“Teams are coming here with a lot more respect than they used to,” added Wood, who went head-to-head with Hammers’ captain and fellow New Zealand international.

“We have to keep working and finding ways of breaking people down and we will be onto a winner.

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“It was a bit of frustrating one and against 10 men we could perhaps have done a bit more.

“But I think if the goal had come earlier in the half we would have gone on to win it.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t and West Ham only played one way in the second half. It was tough to break them down.

“They camped in there really well from their perspective and it was tough.

“We had to work hard to break them down. But we got there in the end. We created some good chances and probably could have got more.

“We got a point in the end, which is a good thing. Six unbeaten is a fantastic record, which is something we’ll look to build on next weekend.”

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