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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.


“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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