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It's Bitter-Sweet Admits Wood

Goalscorer feels the pain but takes the positive as United dash Burnley dream

30 January 2019

Chris Wood continued his 100 per cent scoring record at Old Trafford but didn’t leave a match winner as the Clarets were cruelly denied at the death.

Wood followed up his goal for New Zealand in the 2012 Olympics with another as he headed Burnley into a 2-0 lead with just nine minutes of normal time to go against a Manchester United side chasing a ninth successive win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But a Paul Pogba penalty and then an injury-time equaliser from Victor Lindelof rescued a point for United for the second season in a row as they avoided a first home defeat to Burnley since 1962 and left Wood with mixed feelings.

“It’s probably bitter-sweet,” admitted the Clarets’ striker after he had followed up Ashley Barnes’ opening goal by heading in his eighth of the campaign.

“We would have taken a point before the game, especially coming here with the run that they’re on, the form they’re in and the great team that they are.

“Being 2-0 up with eight minutes to play we probably needed to do better in seeing it out, but we are going to take the positives and it’s a great place to come and get a point.

“They are a good side who are always going to create chances.

“We did everything we could to nullify them. It was tough and they kept piling on the pressure and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to see it over the line.

“But you have to take the positives. It’s another point on the road against a strong team and we’ve got to keep building.

“If we come here 90 per cent of the time and go 2-2, I think a lot of people will be happy.

“It was a chance to get that win and move further up the table, but we did everything we were meant to do as a game plan and you never know, next year we’ll come back next year and hopefully do it.”

Sean Dyche’s men climbed a place to 15th in the Premier League and extended their advantage over the bottom three to four points after stretching their unbeaten run to five league games.

And Wood is now looking to keep the momentum going in Saturday’s big Turf Moor meeting with Southampton, who are a point behind the Clarets ahead of their game against 16th-placed Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

“Everyone knew how in form they were, so coming here and stopping that and pulling them down to a draw is a huge positive for us and we will fill ourselves with confidence from that,” added the Clarets’ leading scorer.

“We’ll take that into Southampton, the way we played, the chances we created and how we defended so well. We’ve got to look forward now.

“That’s the key. We’ve set the benchmark and we need to follow that through for the rest of the season.”

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