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Wood Feels Collective Confidence

Striker looks for positive start after prolific pre-season campaign

7 August 2019

Free-scoring frontman Chris Wood believes the Clarets are in ideal shape to start the Premier League season.

The Clarets’ fourth successive top-flight campaign gets under way against Southampton at Turf Moor on Saturday.

And following a positive pre-season programme – which has seen the Kiwi striker score nine times – Wood is in upbeat mood.

“The whole team has the confidence. We have been playing good football and working hard,” he said.

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“We feel we are fitter than ever, which is a big thing in the Premier League. This season we have been able to have a full six weeks of hard training ready for the first game and I think we are reaping the benefits.

“Everybody is feeling good and scoring goals is nice.

“Jay (Rodriguez) has popped up with quite a few as well on his return and Barnesy is a well-known striker who scores goals for fun, so as a strikeforce we are looking strong.”

Rodriguez’s double to secure a 2-0 win over Parma last Saturday made it half-a-dozen warm-up goals for the homegrown striker.

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The summer signing could face his former club on Saturday in a second Burnley ‘debut’, with Wood looking to hit the ground running in the eagerly awaited curtain-raiser against the same opening league opposition as 12 months ago.

“Starting a Premier League campaign is always a positive if you can get a few wins or good results on the board,” added the New Zealand international.

“We had Southampton away last year and drew 0-0. I thought we played well down there, so back at home we will be looking to get off on the right foot with a positive performance, at least, and hopefully get the win.”


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