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Wood: It's Good To Be Back

Striker looking to kick on again after late winner against Everton

3 March 2018

Chris Wood came back with a bang as the Clarets’ striker ended weeks of frustration to get Burnley moving again.

Wood hadn’t featured since a knee injury picked up a couple of days before Christmas and hadn’t found the net since the end of November.

But the New Zealand international took his goal tally for the season to six when he headed the late winner against Everton which earned Sean Dyche’s men a first victory in 12 league games.

“It was a great ball in from Johann from the corner,” said Wood.  

“They play zonal so no-one’s really picking you up. Wardy’s done a great block on the line and I’ve got up and stuck it away, which was nice.

“It’s been hugely frustrating for everybody and especially me. It’s nice to be back and nice to be playing again and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.

“I think it was needed for everybody outside the club. We know what we are doing as a team and as a unit and as supporters they know what we’re about.

“It’s not nice to go on a winless run for so long but now it’s broken we are going to kick on and win many more games until the end of the season.

“Nine games to go, all to play for and a lot of points up for grabs. Hopefully we can keep going and keep working hard and see where it takes us.”

 

The Clarets had gone behind to an Everton side looking to end a four-match losing run away from home and move level on points with the Clarets in seventh place in the Premier League.

But Ashley Barnes also bagged his sixth of the campaign to cancel out Cenk Tosun’s first goal in English football 11 minutes after the break.

And Wood – who came off the bench at the start of the second half to give Burnley a more potent 4-4-2 line-up – felt there was always going to be one winner as the Clarets reached the 40 points they totalled last season.

“We’re really chuffed with the performance and the three points,” Wood told Clarets Player.

“It’s nice to be back on that run and hopefully it’s something to build on and keep going until the end of the season.

“We were on top when they scored so it was a bit of a kick in the , but we played well in the first half and we knew if we took that into the second half we would create chances and put them right on the back foot, which we did.

“We played well in the first half but I guess the manager just wanted to make a tactical change.

“We went a bit more gung-ho going forward and created a few more problems in the box, which leaves a bit more space for us two strikers and the boys around us fed us nicely to give us opportunities.

“You need to score when you’re on top and we were and we were playing well.

“As soon as we got that first goal we knew there was only one team going to score and that was us.”


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