Confidence soaring for Clarets winger

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is playing some of the best football of his career and the Icelandic international claims that confidence is soaring.

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The 27-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Clarets this season, contributing to 10 goals in total in the Premier League, and he’s determined to keep that momentum building.

With the World Cup in Russia just around the corner, he said: “I think I’ve been playing well so I just want to keep on going because it’s the World Cup in the summer.

“I want the momentum to keep building in to that. I’ve just got to keep on top of things and keep myself fit.

“The side is playing well also which obviously helps. Confidence is high and I’m just enjoying playing football.”

Gudmundsson could have won the game on his own crusade against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

With the scoreline locked at 1-1, the former Charlton Athletic man had three chances to secure maximum points for the visitors.

His first was repelled by Jack Butland and the two that followed grazed the woodwork with the England international goalkeeper beaten on both occasions.

“We created our chances and we should have scored a second goal as well,” he said. “I should have scored at least one. It was close. I’m definitely disappointed that I didn’t finish one of them but that’s football.

“The second was much better from us and we created a lot of chances. We played some good football and I think we handled the situation really well. They needed the points so they were always going to come out fighting.”

Ashley Barnes reached double figures for the season when restoring parity against the Potters and Gudmundsson accepts that the club’s strikers are making his job much easier.

“Great strikers pop up with the goals and he’s been really good this season,” he said.

“They’ve both [Chris Wood] been scoring goals which helps the team. It’s a great feeling to have two strikers that can score goals.

“We try to get as many crosses in as possible for the two big lads up front. It’s great to have two strikers who can score goals waiting in the box.”