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Barnes: We'll Go Again

Striker aims to bounce back at Stoke after impressice Chelsea halt winning run

19 April 2018

Ashley Barnes is looking for the Clarets’ resilience to come to the fore again when they go to Stoke City on Sunday in search of more points to cement their top-seven place.

Burnley’s five-game winning run was ended by a 2-1 defeat to a classy Chelsea at Turf Moor – despite Barnes’ ninth goal of the season.

But they remain eight points clear of eighth-placed Leicester City with four games to go in pursuit of a Europa League place, continuing at relegation-threatened Stoke at Sunday lunch-time.

“Not many teams in the Premier League will win five on the bounce and we’ve done that and that’s down to our hard work and resilience,” said Barnes.

“We just keep going and we will go again on Sunday.

“It will be a different test. It’s going to be another hard game, like every game is in this league, and we will be ready for it.

“We have stayed seventh for the majority of the year and if we can just finish that off it will be a lovely touch.”

Barnes deflected in a shot from Johann Berg Gudmundsson to get Burnley level following a Kevin Long own-goal in the first half – the ball bouncing over the line after a cross had hit the Clarets’ defender.

But crucially, Sean Dyche’s men were only able to stay on terms for five minutes before Victor Moses struck to give the reigning Premier League champions a deserved win three days before they face Southampton in an FA Cup semi-final.

“They were very good. They’re a top team and had quite a lot of the ball so we had to work hard just to stay in the game,” added Barnes.

“In the first half we were nowhere near it. We changed it a little bit at half-time – the intensity that we brought to it a little bit more.

“We luckily enough got the goal but then gave it away again.

“We’ll be disappointed with the goals when we look back at them. I think we could have done a lot more – all of us.

“We’ll look at and put it right for Sunday.”

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