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Premier League Goal Milestones: 5 of the best by Chris Wood

We’ve seen quite a few Premier League goals this season, with players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane being the first players from their respective nations to score goals in the Premier League for a century.

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Another milestone was reached in Burnley’s exciting 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday when Chris Wood became the first New Zealander and the first ever Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) player to score 50 goals in the English top division.

For a number of years a mainstay of Sean Dyche’s fighting Burnley team, Wood scored all but one goals in the Premier League for the Turf Moor team.

During his time in the Northwest, Wood has grown into a dependable, physically imposing striker who has steered Burnley out of relegation problems multiple times, even batting a record of 7NS Place in 2018. Here we look back on some of the greatest goals from Chris Wood’s Premier League career.

5 of Chris Wood’s best goals

1. First goal: Vs Everton (16NS August 2014)

Despite being now a Burnley icon and the club’s top scorer in the Premier League, Chris Wood actually scored his first goal in the Premier League while wearing the blue and white of Leicester City during his first game back in the Premier League after promoting in 2014.

After trailing Everton 2-1 at home on Matchday 1, an attack by Leicester caused the ball to fly around the Everton penalty area and eventually land at Chris Wood’s feet. The New Zealand striker made no mistake and passed Tim Howard for the first time to ensure that Leicester’s first Premier League game in over a decade doesn’t end in loss.

Unfortunately, opportunities at King Power Stadium were struggling for Wood and after eventually returning to the championship, the 22-year-old striker would not appear in the Premier League results list for the next three years.

2. 50NS Goal: Vs Crystal Palace (20NS November 2021)

16 of Chris Wood’s 50 Premier League goals were headed, so it was no surprise he hit half a century with another handsome header against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

After 1-1 in a chaotic but very entertaining game, Wood found a header pass from James Tarkowski on the left side of the six-yard box and the striker leaned over to place a pinpoint header into Vicente Guaita’s near post.

In the end, it ended up with only one point for the Clarets after a thrilling 3-3 draw, but it’s pretty clear that Wood’s goals will once again be key if Burnley is looking to keep the Wolves out of the door and fend off the threat of relegation .

3rd best goal: Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (25NS April 2021)

Chris Wood’s best two goals for Burnley came within a few weeks towards the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season against Wolves and then against Fulham. Of the two, his opening goal against the former at Molineux is just about his best Premier League goal.

After pitching a long forward pass, Wood showed great control to turn the Wolves captain Conor Coady around before firing a shot over Rui Patricio from an unlikely angle to give Burnley the lead.

It was a goal that highlighted his other attributes besides his physical strength and flying skills, which eventually turned out to be his greatest achievement in the Premier League when Wood scored a hat trick and drove Burnley to a 4-0 win.

4. Main goal: Vs Crystal Palace (23.)approx November 2020)

During his tenure at Burnley, Chris Wood was a beacon of consistency, hitting double-digit targets for every full season he was at the club. In the relegation-threatened 2020/21 season, his goal performances were more important than ever.

After a terrible start to the campaign, Burnley faced Crystal Palace in Matchweek 8 in what should already be an important game of their season. Just minutes into the game, Wood found completely free in the Palace penalty area and made no mistake in front of goal as he fired a powerful shot behind Vicente Guaita.

It was Burnley’s first home goal of the Premier League season, and it turned out to be enough for the hosts to take a priceless 1-0 win. The goal and win brought Burnley’s season to life as they won nine more games and finished a healthy distance above the relegation zone.

Without that first victory, their campaign might not have gotten off the ground at all.

5th Most Memorable Goal: Vs Manchester United: (22nd January 2020)

The 2019/20 season was impressive for Burnley as the team finished with a comfortable 10. completedNS Place and achieved impressive results. But of all the beautiful wins they claimed, none stood out more than their grand win at Old Trafford in the second half of the season.

In the first half of the clash against Manchester United, Wood was given a deep free kick in the United penalty area and the striker volleyed past David De Gea to give the Clarets the lead. Wood put in a Jay Rodriguez maniac in the second half when Burnley won 2-0 in Manchester.

It was Burnley’s first win over United at Old Trafford since 1962 and the unique highlight of Sean Dyche’s tenure at the club. For Wood and the Burnley believers, it is a goal that neither of them will likely never forget.

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