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Wood Ready To Relish Home Turf

Striker Chris Wood can't wait for home debut

9 September 2017

Chris Wood can’t wait to make his home debut and hit the net in a claret and blue shirt.

Wood has scored at Burnley before – a thumping effort for Leicester City as the Foxes won 2-0 in March 2014 on the way to leading the Clarets up to the Premier League as Championship title winners.

But now Burnley’s record buy is looking forward to the boot being on the other foot and delighting the Clarets’ fans with his next goal at Turf Moor.

“Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. I will definitely be working hard to do that, or to help the team set up and get wins,” Wood told Clarets Player HD.

“It will be a lot different this time around. It will be good to have that support behind us and hopefully behind me, so we can kick on and do really well.

“It’s not often you have to wait nearly three of four weeks for a home debut. Normally you’re straight in after a week or so.

“It’s going to be great. It’s nice to get down there and see what it’s all about.

“I have heard great things from a lot of the boys here and boys who have been here in the past, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Wood couldn’t have made a better start to his Clarets’ career after coming off the bench on his league debut – following his August move from Leeds United – to notch a late equaliser against Tottenham at Wembley a fortnight ago.

Chris Wood's goal at Wembley was his second in the Premier League

That made it an unbeaten start away from home with four points from two games for Sean Dyche’s side.

They are now looking to register a first home success after losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion in a tight Turf Moor opener.

And Wood – battling for a place up front alongside Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and the fit-again Jon Walters – believes past and present form should give the Clarets every reason to be confident as they prepare to face Crystal Palace, who are yet to pick up a point, on Sunday.

“We do want to get off the mark there and get that tick on the board,” added the New Zealand international, who kept his eye in with a hat-trick for his country in a World Cup qualifier during the domestic break.

“In the last game at home we could have done a bit better but if the rub of the green had gone the other way we would have won.

“But we can take the positive from that and positives from the other performances we’ve had and the way the team played last season at home.

“We know we are capable of everything, so we go out there in great spirits.”



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