Boyd targets goal rush

Clarets winger George Boyd is targeting a goal rush after scoring his fourth goal of the campaign on the opening day of 2015.
George Boyd celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle with Kieran TrippierGeorge Boyd celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle with Kieran Trippier
George Boyd celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle with Kieran Trippier

The 29-year-old summer signing doubled last season’s tally when firing past Jak Alnwick in the 86th minute to earn a 3-3 draw with Newcastle United on New Year’s Day.

Boyd, who scored in the 2-2 draw against champions Manchester City at the Etihad just days earlier, only netted against Fulham and Swansea City in 39 appearances in all competitions for Hull City last term.

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“We’re doing fine now,” he said. “Everyone has got that confidence now. We’re creating a lot of chances and could have scored five or six today.

“It went under the keeper a bit but I’m just glad it went in because it’s the least we deserved.

“I only got two last year so I’ve doubled that already and I want to keep it going and keep scoring goals.”

The former Tiger declared that the Clarets have taken a lot of confidence from recent performances and that, coupled with their intrepid attitude, will stand them in good stead for the second half of the season.

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“It shows the character of the team to come here, be behind three teams and get a point,” said Boyd. “I think the two away performances in the second half have been brilliant.

“Both are very different, away at the champions, 2-0 down, nobody gave us a hope in hell, but to be down three times here shows the great character and it was a great performance.

“It comes from the gaffer, he is always talking positives with us. The work ethic is great, we never say die, it’s a great thing to have at this level.”

Boyd added: “We’ve played well against Newcastle, Man City and Liverpool. Things are looking good but there is a long way to go.

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“It’s a great confidence boost. Not many people have played this level before so the more we go along and these players play well it puts us in good stead for the rest of the year.

“Anyone who has seen our performances can see how much confidence we have as a group.”

Boyd featured prominently in Hull City’s run to the FA Cup final last term. The winger played against Middlesbrough, Southend United, Brighton, Sunderland and Sheffield United but was only introduced in the 89th minute at Wembley as Steve Bruce’s side surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against Arsenal.

“We all love the FA Cup,” Boyd said. “It’s an all Premier League tie so it should be good. Hopefully there will be a good crowd and we can get into the next round.

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“It’s another game and another chance to progress in the FA Cup. We just want to keep playing, we’re a very fit bunch and we take one game at a time.

“I think we’ve got the fitness to do it and the squad, you’ve seen the people who have come in at Newcastle and gave it a go.”