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'It's Our Job To Stay Focused' - Barnes

Striker signs off in style as Clarets ride out the storm

10 March 2018

Ashley Barnes says the Clarets never took their eye of the ball as they steered their way through stormy waters to romp to victory at West Ham.

Burnley survived a first-half examination with Nick Pope making a vital save from Manuel Lanzini before scoring three times in a superb second-half performance to record only a third win in 24 visits to the Hammers.

And they did it against a backdrop of crowd disturbances and pitch invasions triggered by the Clarets’ opening two goals as home fans showed their anger at how they feel the club is being run.

“That’s our job to stay focused for 90 plus minutes and hopefully come away with the win and we did that,” said Barnes, who scored his fifth goal in 12 games to put Burnley in front.

“We knew it was going to be difficult with the circumstances running around the club but we had to come here and do our job.

“Once we got one we thought we might get a couple if we kept grinding away and that’s what we did.

“We haven’t got a game now for another couple of weeks so that win was lovely.”

The Clarets signed off until a trip to bottom club West Bromwich Albion on 31 March with a fifth away win of the campaign secured by goals from the deadly due of Barnes and Chris Wood.

Wood scored twice after coming off the bench to make it three goals in two games since returning from injury, while Barnes has now scored for three games in a row for the first time since 2011.

And his seventh goal of the campaign was an absolute cracker after he ran onto a pass from Wood to bend a first-time strike into the top corner.

“It was probably the best so far this season and hopefully I've got more to come before the end of the season,” admitted Barnes.

"Woody came on and made a massive impact, but it wasn't just him - it was everyone. 

"I think the save fom Nick Pope in the first half was the game-changer. 

"We came out with the victory all because of the save. That goes in and it's a different ball-game. He's done that all season."

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