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Barnes Still In Seventh Heaven

Striker not concerned by current run and relishes Manchester United test

19 January 2018

Ashley Barnes says the Clarets are still in seventh heaven.

Sean Dyche’s men face second-placed Manchester United at Turf Moor on Saturday on the back of a six-game winless run in the Premier League.

But Barnes isn’t losing any sleep with the Clarets sitting pretty on 34 points and behind only the ‘big six’ as they look to get back to winning ways.

“I don’t think we are struggling. The league position speaks for itself,” said the Clarets’ striker.

“We are still seventh and we haven’t won in six games. I don’t think that’s a big issue.

“Where we are in the league speaks for itself and we just need to keep building on the basics and performances and see where it can take us at the end of the year.

“These are the teams around us and it’s the big boys. This is the kind of competition we want to have.

“We want to stay seventh as long as possible and come the end of the season you never know.”

Barnes scored Burnley’s opening goal at Manchester United on Boxing Day before Jose Mourinho’s side hit back to grab a 2-2 draw.

That’s one of three draws the Clarets have picked up since Barnes came off the bench to bag a late winner against Stoke City last month.

And the 28-year-old is looking to continue a run that has seen him take on a key attacking role in Dyche’s line-up in the absence of the injured Chris Wood, Robbie Brady and Jon walters.

“I am really pleased. Obviously, I’d like a few more goals, but I think anyone would want that,” added Barnes, whose four goals this term have come in his last 13 appearances.

“I’ve had a good Christmas period and I just need to keep building on that, building on performances and on weakness I see from clips of myself and try to keep a shirt.

 “Competition is still there for places. We all want to do well. We don’t’ want to give away our shirt easily.

“It’s not just relying on one person. We all need to chip in, which we have done so far.

“I think you believe in every game you can score. It doesn’t always happen, but you want to score in every game.”


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