Match-winner Chris Wood reluctant to take all the credit after firing Burnley to a first win of the season!

Match-winner Chris Wood was reluctant to claim all the credit after firing the Clarets to their first Premier League win of the campaign.

Burnley's New Zealand striker Chris Wood shoots to score the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on November 23, 2020.
Burnley's New Zealand striker Chris Wood shoots to score the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on November 23, 2020.

The New Zealander struck in the eighth minute to down Crystal Palace at Turf Moor and help Burnley climb out of the bottom three.

The striker combined with Jay Rodriguez, who made only his second league start of the season, to end his side's 397 minute wait for a goal.

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Wood, who netted against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium earlier in the season, said: “Every goal is very nice so it’s nice to be on the board tonight, but it’s even more important to get three points again.

Nick Pope of Burnley saves from Michy Batshuayi of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on November 23, 2020 in Burnley, England.

“It’s been a bit of time coming but it was nice to get off the mark in that sense as a group. We’ve been working hard trying to put it right and thankfully tonight we did.

“The last few games are starting to show what we’re truly about. The first three or four games weren’t us and it’s nice to show the work we’re doing is coming to the fore and getting us what we deserve.

“It’s a big one. It’s one we’ve been waiting a while for, but we knew it was coming because the performances have started adding up, so it was nice to actually get it over the line."

Wood may have made the all-important breakthrough, but he was quick to acknowledge the part his team-mates had to play in the success.

The home side defended doggedly to protect their lead while goalkeeper Nick Pope made a number of vital stops to land a third clean sheet in five games.

The England international safeguarded the result when spreading himself well to deny Michy Batshuayi before making a breath-taking close-range save from Christian Benteke minutes from the end.

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“We know how good he [Nick Pope] is,” said Wood.

“He’s an England international and in my opinion up there pushing Jordan Pickford all the way for that number-one spot.

“He shows every week he should be there. He’s a great keeper and I think the defence was fantastic in front of him.

“That’s what he’s about. We’re very lucky to have him. We take him for granted at times because he does that week-in, week-out and he definitely saved us there.”