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Goalscorer Jay Hails Fighting Spirit

Striker delighted to get first Premier League goal in a Burnley shirt

28 September 2019

Jay Rodriguez is a Premier League goalscorer for the Clarets.

And he hopes this is just the beginning after he helped Burnley secure another valuable point from a dramatic 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

“It was a great feeling. To get back in the game was really important at the time and you can’t beat scoring,” said Rodriguez, who came off the bench to help spark a fightback completed by Chris Wood’s third goal in two games.

“It’s always important to get off the mark. You always look forward to the first one and I hope there are many more to come.

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“I will keep my head down, keep doing the same things, keep working hard and try to take my chances.

“The competition for places is great, and I think you need that. It’s healthy competition. We all want everyone to do well and I think that’s a real good recipe to move forward and it’s good to be part of.”

Villa led at the break through Anwar El-Ghazi before Rodriguez replaced the injured Jack Cork at the break to form a three-pronged attack with Wood and Ashley Barnes.

And the summer signing – whose 31 league goals in his first stay at Turf Moor had all come in the Championship – headed an equaliser past former Clarets’ keeper Tom Heaton to silence the home fans who haven’t forgotten his goal against their side for West Bromwich Albion last season.

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“It’s always good fun against Villa. I respect them as a team and they’re a great side,” added Rodriguez, who inadvertently bundled home a late equaliser with his hand in a highly-charged Midlands’ derby last December as both sides chased a promotion place.

“It’s one of the stadiums you look at to play in and it’s a great atmosphere here.

“Obviously to score against them is good but the main thing is the performance and the result we got in the end.”

Villa hit back to restore their lead through John McGinn but again the Clarets refused to accept defeat and Wood’s headed goal extended their unbeaten run away from home to three games following their late equaliser at Brighton a fortnight ago.

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“That’s the character the lads show,” said Rodriguez, whose first goal since coming back to Burnley from the Baggies had come in a Carabao Cup exit to Sunderland.

“It’s one thing I’ve definitely noticed since coming here – the willingness to grind it out and stick together, which is really important. They never give up.

“The work the lads put in and the competitiveness, just in training, is really strong and something that’s good to be a part of.

“We wanted to push on again to get the win. Towards the end it was end-to-end and probably an exciting game for the neutral.

“We could have nicked it, but I think it was fair enough and it was a good point.”

“But Villa are a good side and I think it’s a good result.”


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