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Barnes Hungry For More

Perfect 10 for striker but still work to do as the Clarets chase points and goals

8 April 2019

Ashley Barnes is determined to stay in the groove after posting a new Premier League landmark.

Barnes’ goal at Bournemouth to wrap up Saturday’s 3-1 win at the Vitality Stadium was his 10th in the league this season.

It’s the first time the 29-year-old has hit double figures in a Premier League campaign.

But Barnes hopes there are still more to come as the Clarets look to build on-back-to-backs wins when they face Cardiff City at Turf Moor on Saturday in search of more points to secure their top-flight status.

“I didn’t start the season until just before Christmas-time, I think,” said Barnes, who has scored eight goals in 16 games since 22 December to cement his place as the Clarets’ leading all-time scorer in the Premier League.

“I managed to keep going and it’s a good achievement to get to 10 goals.

“But this doesn’t stop now. We still have games to go and I need to get as many goals as possible.

“We’re nowhere near done yet. We need to keep fighting.

“We’ve got a massive game next week against Cardiff and we’ll get ready for that.”

The Clarets’ outstanding win on the south coast made it a double over the Cherries following a 4-0 victory over Eddie Howe’s side last September as Sean Dyche's men moved up to 14th place in the table and eight points clear of the relegation places.

It was also a double, double for Barnes, who netted twice at Turf Moor and then scored at both ends in the return last weekend.

His headed own-goal gave Bournemouth an early lead before the home side was blown away by Burnley’s response.

Chris Wood nodded the equaliser before Ashley Westwood made it 2-1 at the break.

And the Cherries couldn’t cope with the Clarets’ forward power of Barnes and Wood in tandem with the threat coming from out wide.

“It was a bad start for me, but the boys dug deep and we got the performance we needed and got the points,” added Barnes, who also holds the Clarets’ Premier League record for wins and appearances – pipping Ben Mee by two on both fronts.

“The lads on both sides, Jeff and Lowts, the same as Chas and Dwight.

“They work so well and they’re putting it on a plate for us. Woody did tremendous for a goal and it was good to get another goal just to kill off the game.”

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