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Simply The Best From Barnes

In-form striker enters Clarets' record books and keeps Burnley rolling on

31 March 2018

Ashley Barnes reckons he’s never scored a better goal than the one which earned him a place in the Clarets’ record books.

Barnes netted a stunning flying volley which set Burnley on their way to a slick 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion to give the Clarets a first win at the Hawthorns since 1969.

And it made the red-hot striker the first Burnley player to score in four successive top-flight games since John Murray a year earlier.

“I think that’s the best one in my career,” said Barnes, who also joined Sam Vokes as the only Claret to have scored in four Premier League games in a row – the Welsh International achieving the feat either side of last summer’s close season.

“I went in for the first ball which I think Azza (Aaron Lennon) might have put in. He just checked back and lifted it up.

“Woody was just in front of me and as I checked back I just swung my leg at it and luckily enough it’s gone in.

“I’ll probably watch that a few times tonight, that’s for sure.

“It’s going really well for me at the moment. That’s down to hard work on the training ground and that’s repaying me and flowing into games.

“Hopefully I can do it again next weekend, if selected, and see how many I can keep going in a row.”

Barnes took his goals’ total for the season to eight but remains one behind strike partner Chris Wood, who scored his fourth goal in three games in his first start since December.

Barnes’ second-half effort gave the Clarets a two-goal cushion and Sean Dyche was able celebrate his 100th win as Burnley boss as Salomon Rondon’s late strike was not enough to deny his side a third straight victory.

“The main thing is we get the three points and if we can help each other out and keep this goal-scoring going it’s going to be amazing come the end of the season,” added Barnes, who helped nudged bottom club West Bromwich Albion nearer relegation.

“I set a target at the start of the season and I’m still way off that, but the main thing is to help the team and as long as we keep picking up points, who knows where we’ll be come the end of the season.

“We are growing every game. We’ve grown into game-management and we’re more experienced in the Premier League and that can only help.

“We are enjoying every game we are going out there. We’re not taking our foot off the gas and we want to see where we end up.”

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