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Winning's What Counts To Wood

Europe not on striker's mind ahead of meeting with former club

13 April 2018

Chris Wood isn’t thinking about a second foray into Europe as he prepares to face another of his former clubs.

A seventh-place finish in the Premier League could be enough to secure a slot in next season’s Europa League – a competition Wood played in and scored in for Birmingham City in 2011/12.

Victory over Leicester City at Turf Moor on Saturday would strengthen the Clarets’ grip on that position by taking them nine points clear of the eighth-placed Foxes.

But Wood – a Championship winner with Leicester in 2014 – insists that is not the major motivation going into his latest reunion as the Clarets chase a fifth successive league win.

“That will obviously help us and hinder them as well. But for us, it’s just about going out and continuing our run and continuing our football,” said Burnley’s leading scorer.

“We won’t be thinking about that until the end of the season. We just focus on the next games and that’s what’s crucial to us.

“We’re just pleased how we’re playing and how we’re back on track to where we were at the start of the season.

“It’s nice to be on a run and long may it continue. It’s good to see the team playing well and getting what they deserve.

“It (winning four in a row) is a feat not many teams achieve throughout the year. Hopefully we can keep going and keep ticking over and doing something special.”

Wood spent two-and-a-half seasons at Leicester after signing from West Bromwich Albion in January, 2013.

The New Zealand international scored what turned out to be the winner against the Baggies a fortnight ago during a burst of four goals in as many games since returning from two months out with a knee injury.

That purple patch began with the winning goal against Everton at the start of March – the last time the Clarets played at Turf Moor.

And Wood is looking forward to returning home and staying on the goal trail as he bids to move into double figures for the campaign.

“I’m reasonably happy. Being out for 10 games hasn’t really helped, especially mid-way through the season. It kind of breaks it up,” added the striker.

“It would have been nice to have been able to keep the run going.

“I’m happy with where I’m at but I’d like to see a few more come the end of the season. That would be nice.

“The fans have been fantastic on the road. It’s been six weeks since we’ve been at Turf Moor.

“It’s been a long time, so it will be nice to be back on home soil.”

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