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Wood Wants To Do Great Things

Chris Wood delighted to be up-and-running at Turf Moor

11 September 2017

Chris Wood wants to go on and do great things as a Burnley player after continuing his dream start to life as a Claret.

Wood made it two goals in two appearances since his August arrival from Leeds United with the early winner against Crystal Palace.

The New Zealand international collected a mis-placed back-pass from Lee-Chung yong to coolly slot home in front of a joyous Jimmy McIlroy Stand and make it the perfect home debut.

“It was fantastic. Hopefully I can go on and do great things here and be a great name in a Burnley shirt and I’m looking forward to doing that together,” Wood told Clarets Player HD.

“Normally as a striker you have first instincts and your first thought is the right one, and it was today.

“It’s one off the back, especially at home. It’s nice that I can tick that off and now I can focus on a lot more things, both for myself and the team. Hopefully I can go onto more and bigger things.”

Wood’s strike – which followed his equalising goal after coming off the bench against Tottenham at Wembley a fortnight earlier – gave Sean Dyche’s men a first home win as they took their points’ tally to seven from the opening four games in an impressive start to the campaign.

But they needed to dig deep to secure it, with a determined defensive display and desire to see the job through preventing Palace from claiming a first goal and point of the season, Nick Pope completing a first clean sheet of the campaign after replacing the injured Tom Heaton just before half-time.  

“The team worked tirelessly and the back four and five, including when Popey came on, were absolutely fantastic,” Wood added.

“Everybody worked their socks off and they did very well. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and do it and today was one of those days. We dug in really well and showed our character and this is what this Burnley team is all about.

“It’s not just the strikers, we’ve got some great players in midfield and out wide that can cause major problems, so if we are keeping clean sheets then we have a great chance of winning games.

“After international breaks you don’t know how teams are going to start, so it’s nice we have kicked on and hopefully go on a good run in this little period before the next break.

“It is a good start, but that’s all it is. There’s a long way to go in this Premier League season and we are going to fight like anything to make sure we are doing what we can and make sure we are pointing up that league.”

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