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Barnes Hails 'Massive Win'

Striker praises collective spirit as Burnley overcome Terriers to exit bottom three

2 January 2019

Ashley Barnes sent spirits soaring as he spread the joy amongst team-mates and fans with the Clarets’ winner.

Barnes 74th-minute strike killed off 10-man Huddersfield Town as Burnley made it six points in the space of four days to secure a first away victory since September.

And the importance of the victory was lost on no-one as the Clarets also finished the game a man short following Robbie Brady’s 90th-minute dismissal.

“You could see it in the boys’ faces at the end,” said Barnes, whose fifth goal of the campaign left him level with Chris Wood after his strike partner had scored a first-half equaliser.

“We had to dig deep there when we were down to 10 as well and we did that. It was fantastic.

“It was a massive win. Back-to-back wins is a great feeling. We haven’t had that for a while and it was good to give the fans something to cheer about and go home happy.

“They come out in their numbers. They were singing all night and they helped us along the way.”

Barnes celebrated in front of the sell-out travelling fans after his cool finish completed the fightback and lifted the Clarets out of the drop-zone and up to 16th-place in the table on the back of Sunday’s win over West Ham.

Huddersfield led through Steve Mounie’s first goal of the season before Wood levelled with the 100th league goal of his career.

Town then had Christopher Schindler sent off for a second booking before Burnley held their nerve to go on and wrap up a win which leaves Town bottom of the table on the back of a club record eight successive league defeats.

“Everyone was outstanding from back to front,” added Barnes.

“The character from going 1-0 down to come back and win the game is massive in the Premier League.

“It’s never easy when they can sit behind the ball with 10 men and camp in.

“We had to be patient and keep moving the ball quickly and have the resilience to keep attacking at every opportunity.

“You could see them tiring and we got our rewards at the end of the game.”


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