Wood and Reid im­press in Premier League

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - FOOT­BALL

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.

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