Burnley match-winner Chris Wood on doing his bit for the striker's union!

After seeing his team-mates get back in the goal-scoring groove, match-winner Chris Wood was delighted to play his part in Burnley's latest success.
Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates with team mates (L - R) Matthew Lowton and Ashley Westwood after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 27, 2021 in Burnley, England.Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates with team mates (L - R) Matthew Lowton and Ashley Westwood after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 27, 2021 in Burnley, England.
Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates with team mates (L - R) Matthew Lowton and Ashley Westwood after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 27, 2021 in Burnley, England.

Matej Vydra, Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez had all netted in three of the Clarets' previous five games prior to Aston Villa's visit to Turf Moor.

The Czech Republic international scored his first goal since September [nine appearances] when forcing extra-time against MK Dons in the FA Cup.

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Barnes scored only his second goal in 24 appearances when downing Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield with his 100th career finish.

Chris Wood of Burnley scores their side's third goal whilst under pressure from Matt Targett of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 27, 2021 in Burnley, England.Chris Wood of Burnley scores their side's third goal whilst under pressure from Matt Targett of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 27, 2021 in Burnley, England.
Chris Wood of Burnley scores their side's third goal whilst under pressure from Matt Targett of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Burnley and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 27, 2021 in Burnley, England.

Then Rodriguez, 31, broke his duck for the campaign with a brace in Burnley's FA Cup fourth round victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.“There’s no getting away from it. It’s been a hard season for us boys,” said Wood.

“Barnesy got off a little run last week, Jay fired on Sunday and Vyds before that in the Cup, so it was on me to start firing.

“Every week I try my best to score. Sometimes it doesn’t happen but thankfully it did happen today and now it’s about me building on this and going again."

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The New Zealander, despite moving away from goal, managed to generate the power and placement to beat Emiliano Martinez from a Dwight McNeil delivery in the 79th minute.

It was the striker's 15th headed goal since making his Premier League debut for the Clarets in August 2017, the joint-highest return alongside Spurs forward Harry Kane.

“It was a nice finish, if I say so, but it took an age to go in," said the former Leeds United goalscorer.

“It went very slowly and the boys on the side said it took an age to walk itself into the back of the net, but I was just thankful it went in and it’s another three points, which was the best thing for us.

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“It was nice that I could contribute, not just trying to work hard and fight and hold the ball up but actually get on the scoresheet.”

It had been one-way traffic in the first half, but Ollie Watkins' opener was all Villa had to show for their dominance.

Sean Dyche's side were a completely different animal after the break and were level minutes after the restart when skipper Ben Mee converted Ashley Westwood's corner.

The outstanding Jack Grealish restored Villa's lead midway through the second half, but Dwight McNeil's cross-shot restored parity once again.

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Wood then did his bit, scoring his 38th goal for the club in the top-flight, to lift the Clarets nine points clear of the bottom three.

“We knew we were a little bit off it in the first half but we came out the blocks firing in the second half and showed what we’re really about,” added the striker.

“It showed the fight we have. We talk about it every single year, the character we have in the dressing room, and we have it in abundance.

“It (the table) looks a lot healthier than it did at the start of the season. There’s still a long way to go.

“We need to get those 18 more points on the board and then take a breath and go again."