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JBG Happy To Be Winging It

Burnley wide boys team up to deliver double tr

9 March 2018

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is enjoying his link-up with new wing-twin Aaron Lennon as the pair aim to keep making history with the Clarets.

The wide boys played a big part as Burnley turned on the style to beat Everton last weekend and reach the 40-point mark.

Gudmundsson’s current run of form is a continuation of an outstanding second season at Turf Moor, while Lennon’s arrival from Merseyside in January has added to the Clarets’ attacking threat on the opposite flank during the injury-enforced absence of Robbie Brady and Scott Arfield.

And Gudmundsson believes it's an ideal partnership to help keep the Clarets firing in their pursuit of Premier League prestige.

“It’s a good combination. It’s been good to get him in,” said Gudmundsson, who has featured in all but one of the Clarets’ games this term as Sean Dyche’s men have soared to seventh in the table.

“He’s a really good player and he’s been around fantastic clubs and played at the highest level.

“It was nice to get him into the group and me as well, I feel I’ve been playing well and we just want to carry that on.

“As wingers we want to score and create goals. We have been creating chances for our strikers, so let’s just carry that on.”

The Clarets’ next test comes at West Ham United on Saturday with Gudmundsson looking forward to his first experience of playing at the London Stadium after missing out last time through injury.

The Iceland international - who came off the bench to set up Chris Wood's equaliser in last October's 1-1 home draw with the Hammers - hopes matching last season’s tally and reaching the 40-point benchmark will allow Burnley to play with even more freedom for the remaining nine games of the campaign.

And Gudmundsson is aware of the magnitude of what the current crop of Clarets could achieve if they can maintain their current position and post a best league finish since 1974 – 16 years before he was born.

“It would mean a lot to the club and it could mean a Europa League place, which would be another stepping stone in this club history,” Gudmundsson added.

“We don’t hide away from that. As a player you want to be part of that – to write yourself in Burnley’s history.

“It’s a great club and we know as players, if we are writing Burnley history we are doing something good, and that’s obviously something we want to do.

“We’re not getting carried away and there are still many games to go for reaching our goal and ending up in the same place as we are now.

“There’s a lot of football to be played but if we keep playing, for example, like we did at the weekend I think we will be high up.

“There’s a little bit of pressure off and we can go out there and enjoy it, but still with that mentality that we want to win games and get points.”

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