Chris Wood hoping 'for bigger and better things' after bright EPL start for Burnley

Chris Wood reacts after scoring Burnley's winning goal against Crystal Palace.
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Chris Wood reacts after scoring Burnley's winning goal against Crystal Palace.

All Whites striker Chris Wood is backing his instincts as he seeks to do "great things" in the English Premier League with Burnley.

The 25-year-old has scored goals in his first two games for the Lancashire club since a $26.4 million move from Championship club Leeds United.

He scored the winner on his home debut against Crystal Palace last Sunday (Monday NZ Time) in his first EPL start after netting to earn a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Kiwi striker Chris Wood strikes Burnley's equaliser at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur.
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Kiwi striker Chris Wood strikes Burnley's equaliser at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur.

Wood has now scored five goals in his last three games - including a hat-trick in the All Whites' 6-1 World Cup qualifying series win over the Solomon Islands in Auckland.

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The in-form forward said his winning goal against Palace felt "fantastic".

Chris Wood takes a selfie with fans after scoring a hat-trick for the All Whites against the Solomon Islands.
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Chris Wood takes a selfie with fans after scoring a hat-trick for the All Whites against the Solomon Islands.

"Hopefully I can go on and do great things here and be a great name in a Burnley shirt and I'm looking forward to doing that together," Wood said in a Claret Player video on Burnley's club website.

"Normally as a striker you have first instincts and your first thought is the right one, and it was [on Sunday].

"It's one off the back, especially at home. It's nice that I can tick that off and now I can focus on a lot more things, both for myself and the team. Hopefully I can go onto more and bigger things."

Wood said Burnley "worked tirelessly" to beat Palace with the "back four or five", including replacement goalkeeper Nick Pope, "fantastic".

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"Everybody worked their socks off and they did very well. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and do it and today was one of those days. We dug in really well and showed our character and this is what this Burnley team is all about.

"It's not just the strikers, we've got some great players in midfield and out wide that can cause major problems, so if we are keeping clean sheets then we have a great chance of winning games."

Burnley are seventh on seven points and Wood hopes they can maintain their momentum.

"After international breaks you don't know how teams are going to start, so it's nice we have kicked on and hopefully go on a good run in this little period before the next break."

"It is a good start, but that's all it is. There's a long way to go in this Premier League season and we are going to fight like anything to make sure we are doing what we can and make sure we are pointing up that league."

 - Stuff

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