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Westwood: Burnley At Our Best

Midfielder caps outstanding display with landmark goal

6 April 2019

Ashley Westwood believes Burnley can be a match for anyone with the kind of performance that blew away Bournemouth and lifted the Clarets closer to Premier League safety.

The Cherries hadn’t lost at home to any side outside the top six this season.

But Eddie Howe’s men couldn’t live with Burnley, who recovered from conceding an early own-goal from Ashley Barnes to romp to a 3-1 win which lifted them eight points clear of the relegation places.

“It was a sloppy start, which was disappointing, but the spirit in the team will see us through games and we saw that again today,” said Westwood, who created the equaliser for Chris Wood before putting Sean Dyche’s side ahead with a first goal from open play in a Burnley shirt.

“The character to come here and do that to them just shows what a great side we’ve got.

“The character we have got here, and the training is bang-on every day, and that stands you good stead.

“When we are like that, teams can’t live with us. When we’re on it we can match anyone and that’s what we need to do week-in, week-out.”

Barnes’ second-half strike – his 10th goal in the Premier League this season – guaranteed the victory as Sean Dyche’s side made it back-to-back wins.

And they have now taken 24 points in 14 games since their Boxing Day beating by Everton to climb to 14th in the table ahead of next week’s visit of Cardiff City, who occupy the final relegation slot.

“The gaffer showed us yesterday the points return we’ve had since Christmas, which is phenomenal,” added Westwood.

“It wasn’t the start to the season we wanted. But everyone sticks together. It’s a great bunch of lads and it’s starting to come through now.

“We are in good spirits. It’s in our hands and that’s the way we wanted it.”

Westwood’s first goal for Burnley came in a losing cause at Liverpool last month during a four-match losing run when he scored direct from a corner.

But he has been instrumental in the Clarets’ fightback with an outstanding performance capped by his assured finish which made it two goals in three pivotal first-half minutes.

“It fell nice. I didn’t really have to think and slotted it away. I was peeling off before it went in. The way I struck it I knew it was going in,” said the 29-year-old, whose three-year wait for such a goal was well worth it.

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