Striker Barnes aims to hit double figures

Ashley Barnes celebrates his goal on Tuesday night with Danny Ings
Ashley Barnes celebrates his goal on Tuesday night with Danny Ings

Striker Ashley Barnes has his eyes on double figures after netting his eighth goal of the season to see off Barnsley on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old, who joined from Brighton in January, hit his second goal in Burnley colours at Oakwell, and is hoping to beat his tally from last season, when he bagged nine to help fire the Seagulls into the Championship play-offs.

Barnes has had to bide his time at Turf Moor for a start, with Danny Ings and Sam Vokes scoring 46 between them, before the pairing was split up by injury to the pair.

Ings has now recovered from a sprained ankle, but Vokes is out for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament.

Barnes has started the last six games, and he is hunting for more goals: “My aim at the start was to better last season, but I’ll take one game at a time.

“As long as we keep winning, I’m not bothered who scores as long as we get the three points it’s massive for us.”

Having formed a good partnership with Vokes in Ings’ absence, with the Championship player of the year back fit, there were early signs of a good understanding at Oakwell: “The partnership they’ve had all season and the goals they’ve scored have been fantastic.

“Hopefully I can come in and add to that as well.

“We get on really well in training, we practice in training and it just continues in the games.”

Barnes signed with the hope of playing in the Premier League, but he is toeing the line on making any reference to promotion: “It’s been brilliant, the winning feeling that the boys have got and the mentality is fantastic. That’s what I came here to do.

“But we’ve just got to go again and get another massive three points against Middlesbrough.

“It’s one game at a time and we all look at that.”

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