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Super-sub Gudmundsson Caps 'Dream Week'

JBG stays on a high after helping Clarets stretch unbeaten run

16 October 2017

Johann Berg Gudmundsson delivered a fitting end to a ‘dream week’ as he helped the Clarets make it six unbeaten in the Premier League.

Gudmundsson came off the bench at half-time to help Burnley fight back and draw 1-1 with West Ham at Turf Moor.

The ‘Ice Man’ delivered a perfect cross for Chris Wood to head the late leveller as Sean Dyche’s men finally found a way past the Hammers – who defended in numbers following the first-half dismissal of Andy Carroll.

And Gudmundsson was delighted to play his part, just five days after helping Iceland reach the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.

“It’s been an unbelievable week,” said the Clarets’ wingman.

“I was happy to contribute. When I came on I tried to make a difference.

“The gaffer told me to go one-on-one with the full-back and get crosses in and I was happy to create the goal.

“At that stage we had three big lads in there and it was just about the getting the ball in the box and try to work from there.

“Woody was in there and it was a great goal. It was a good cross but Woody had to be in there and finish it off.”

Gudmundsson’s impact means the Clarets are now unbeaten since the second game of the season and sitting seventh in the league table, level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea.

Burnley go to league leaders Manchester City next Saturday to face a side which has won 10 of its 11 games this season – scoring 18 goals in eight Premier League matches.

But Gudmundsson says the Clarets will draw on their positive experiences away from home this season to try and halt City’s run-away start.

He told Clarets Player HD: “They are in great form and it will be a tough game.

“But we have shown we can be tough against the big boys.

“We have had some great results, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool, so hopefully next weekend we can do the same.

“We have started well. Our away form has been really good.

“Obviously, we would like a few more points at home, but that will come and it’s a great start.”

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