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Wood Ready To Turn On Goal Tap

Striker sure goals will keep coming in prolific partnership with Ashley Barnes

13 September 2019

Chris Wood is confident the goals will start to flow as he heads back to a happy hunting ground on Saturday.

Wood is yet to score this season following a prolific build-up campaign which saw him hit the net nine times in the warm-up fixtures.

But the New Zealander – who has bagged double figures in each of his two seasons as a Burnley player – is not concerned by the dry spell or worried about who finds the net as he and strike partner Ashley Barnes prepare to face former club Brighton.

“I know it will come. It’s the old cliché, that once one comes, they all come. It’s like buses,” said Wood, who has scored seven times against Brighton where he was a promotion winner from League One during a successful loan spell in 2010/11.

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“They will drop to me. At the moment they’re dropping to Barnsey and he’s putting them away fantastically.

“That’s brilliant for us as a team and as long as we continue to work hard, as we have done in these last four games, we will continue to create chances and the goals will come for everybody.”

Wood and Barnes first paired up at Brighton where they shared 26 goals in a title-winning success under Gus Poyet.

Since being reunited at Burnley they have contributed 41 Premier League goals – including three between them in 3-1 win at Brighton last season as Sean Dyche’s men completed the double over the Seagulls.

“We’ve got a great ratio together,” added Wood. “He’s started off on fire and it’s great for him and us as a team.

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“That’s all we want. It doesn’t matter if he scores or I score, we stick up for each other and make sure were working for each other. As long as someone is scoring, it works well.

“We know, as strikers, we live and die by goals and he is doing fantastic and should be getting all the plaudits, like he has been.

“It’s only a matter of time when I pop up and it will be the same for me.

“It’s all about doing your job, working hard for the team and creating space. If that’s creating space for Barnesy to score, then happy days.

“Because I know when it comes along, he will create space for me to score. When the ball arrives in the box I’ll be ready and once one goes in, I’m sure there will be a lot more.”

Wood’s double at the Amex Stadium in February extended the Clarets’ unbeaten run against Brighton to seven games and came during the purple patch that propelled Burnley to safety.

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Brighton also got the job done later in the season, although survival in the top flight was not enough to spare Chris Hughton the sack.

Successor Graham Potter has seen his new charges earn four points – the same total as the Clarets – before back-to-back defeats ahead of the international break slowed the early momentum.

And with Burnley set to follow their trip to the South Coast with games against the newly-promoted pair of Norwich City and Aston Villa, Wood is hoping to bolster Burnley’s tally.

“It’s an opportunity,” he said. “The Premier League is the Premier League and no game is ever easy or a sure thing.

“It will be good going back there. It seems we have a good record against them, so hopefully we can continue that, although there’s no getting away from it, it’s going to be a tough game.

“They’re a good side. They are playing different football this year, working very expansively and trying to play out from the back so it will be another test for us.”

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