Wood and Reid impress in Premier League
Chris Wood continued his bright start English Premier League return by setting up a goal against Liverpool at Anfield while All Whites teammate Winston Reid led West Ham United to a scoreless draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Wood, who had scored two goals in two games for Burnley, grabbed himself an assist in a 1-1 draw with Champions League club Liverpool yesterday.
The tall striker beat Liverpool centrebacks Joe¨l Matip and Ragnar Klavan in the air and flicked a header to Scott Arfield, who scored in the 27th minute.
Liverpool equalised three minutes later through Egyptian international Mohamed Salah.
Wood would have been well pleased with his assist after telling the Lancashire Evening Telegraph before the match that he wanted to be noted for his all-round effort.
‘‘It is not about making an early impression with a goal, it is about making an impression with your work-rate and everything else,’’ he said.
‘‘You know what Burnley is about – the team, the squad, what the manager asks of you, it is a hard-working side and they expect that of their players and I am sure as long as you give that for the team, the fans will see that and appreciate it.
Wood said his two goals repres- ented ‘‘a nice start’’
‘‘But that is all it is a start. There is a long way to go in the season and a long way to go in my Burnley career so I am looking forward to it.
‘‘I feel like I am in the form that I knew I had in me all along it has just taken a full season under my belt to get that. I feel like I can keep progressing and do even better.’’
Reid - fresh from Friday’s catchup with New Zealand’s world heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker - was in action at the other end of the pitch when West Ham visited West Brom.
Chances were limited in a drab affair but Reid - wearing the Hammers’ captain’s armband - put his body on the line with a brave block to defuse Kieran Gibbs’ volley after Chris Brunt broke free after a slip by Reid’s defensive partner Pedro Obiang. West Ham are unbeaten and yet to concede a goal in two games since Reid returned from a calf injury.