Boyd not overthinking lack of goals
Midfielder George Boyd isn’t overthinking Burnley’s current lack of goals.
After a Scott Arfield’s 14th-minute opener against Chelsea in the first game of the season, Burnley have gone 616 minutes without scoring in all competitions.
Another 35 minutes without a goal at Leicester City this afternoon would constitute an unwanted club record set in 1970/71, while another 70 blank minutes would set a new league record for the Clarets.
Boyd, in line for his fourth start since his deadline day move from Hull City, said: “It’s not a record we want but it’s not on our minds.
“Our focus is just to play our game and if the chances come try and win. It’s not on our minds.
“We are not in dark rooms in the corner worrying about it.
“I wouldn’t have come here if I believed we would go straight back down. I believe in this group and that we will stay up.
“It’s people on the outside who are making more of it than us in the building.
“We have had plenty of chances. It’s just that one goal. I am sure we will blossom as soon as we get that and that first win breeds confidence throughout the whole group. I had it last season and that first win is massive.
“I think the gaffer is doing well to try and just make us concentrate on what we do as a group, rather than listen to voices outside.
“It’s important what we do and that’s all that matters.”
Further motivation is to respond to the 4-0 defeat at West Brom on Sunday, which emphatically ended a run of three clean sheets: “I think everyone who has watched us all season will see that wasn’t the type of performance we have been putting in so we will put it down as a blip.
“We forgot about it on Monday. We have worked hard all week and hopefully we can change things on Saturday.
“Physically we were a bit off it and at this level if you are five or 10 % off it you are going to get punished.”
And Boyd, 29 on Thursday, is convinced Burnley can produce goals and wins, even with a lengthening injury list: “They (Ings and Vokes) have been big losses but I think we have got the strikers here that will eventually score goals at this level.
“We are creating the chances - bar Sunday. I think we had 18 attempts against Sunderland so the chances are there. We aren’t struggling to create.
“I have no doubt it will eventually come.
“We are just going about our business the same as we have been. We are positive the performances have been fine. It’s just a matter of one going in.
“It’s very similar to last year at Hull. We had a great team spirit there and that will get you five or six points a season, that togetherness.
“It’s important we stick together as a group. The goals will come and the wins will come so as long as we stick together we will be fine.
“I have not played for a while but I am slowly getting my match fitness. I have come here to create and score goals so I had better start doing it.”