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Wood: It's All About Us

Striker ignoring other results as Clarets look to secure safety

5 April 2019

Chris Wood insists the Clarets are blinkered in their approach to Premier League survival as they continue to shape their own destiny.

Burnley head to Bournemouth on Saturday five points clear of the relegation places and level on points with both Southampton and Brighton – who occupy 15th spot.

Cardiff City have been unable to close the gap in two tough games against top-six opposition since the Clarets beat Wolves last weekend to end their four-game losing run.

Back-to-back defeats have left the Welshmen occupying the final relegation berth ahead of their trip to Turf Moor next Saturday.

But Wood has remained undistracted by other results after helping the Clarets to a vital 2-0 win over the FA Cup semi-finalists.

“Everyone knows winning helps and that was the case at the weekend,” said the striker, who turned the tide by forcing an early own-goal from Wolves’ skipper Conor Coady to lay the foundation for a vital victory.

“There’s no getting away from it. Four on the bounce without a win does take it out of you.

“It was nice to get that bit of fresh air, to breathe again, and we go again.

“You want to get clear and safe as soon as possible. We can’t think about what other people do. We don’t have a hand in their business.

“We just do what we do and focus on us as Burnley and if we do the right stuff, we’ll be safe.

“It was always in our hands and that’s the way we looked at it. That’s still the case at the moment.”

Chris Wood's goal at Bournemouth last season helped secure a sixth win in eight games

The Clarets have taken care of business by racking up 21 points since Boxing Day – a total no-one outside the top six can better.

That has put safety within touching distance, but not guaranteed as Sean Dyche’s men prepare to face a Bournemouth side which lost 4-0 at Turf Moor last September and has won just three times since Christmas.

“It’s a lovely return. It’s one we needed to put ourselves in a good position,” added Wood, who was on the scoresheet at the Vitality Stadium last season in a 2-1 win over the Cherries.

“Thankfully we’ve done that, but we’re by no means at the end of it. We need to keep going and get a lot more.

“There’s still a lot of hard work to. There are some tough games, but we’re focusing on Bournemouth and we’ll see where we go from there.

“We had a great result at our place. Two late goals made it look nicer on the scoresheet.

“Hopefully we can have the same performance and a good result down there.

“If we win that puts us another step closer. If we get a point that’s another step closer.

“It’s all about just keeping that step forward.”


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