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Chris Wood makes Premier League history

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31 Aug 2021
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The New Zealand International made Premier League history its discoverer in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United, as the Clarets striker scored 30,000 in competition history.

 

What’s happened?

Burnley striker Chris Wood opened the scoring against his old club to put the Dyche’s side on course for a seeming first-league win at home since January. While the late Bamford’s equalizer ensured that victory was snatched from their gimmicks, that didn’t stop Chris Wood from putting his name on the top flight record books.

With Tottenham capturing the first half against Watford via Heung-min, in what was the only goal in their game, the honor to raise a new milestone was for the grabs at Turf Moor. Starting off slowly before rallying to get the best out of their visitors, Burnley earned their lead as Chris Wood was on hand to snatch a close finish against the club from which he joined the Clarets in 2017. This means he joins a rare group of players who have had the difference in breaking new numerical boundaries in the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

 

Eats and others

In netting against Leeds, Chris Wood was curious to ensure that White became only a third party to both score and concede such a significant goal in the Premier League, after Man Utd and Tottenham. While Sheffield United’s Deane scored the first goal in competition history, Cantona lifted the 100th when he scored for Leeds against Tottenham in 1992.

Other finishing milestones include Newell’s efforts for Blackburn against Nottingham Forest (1,000), Ferdinand’s score against Fulham while against Tottenham (10,000) and Albrighton’s goal against Aston Villa against Arsenal in 2011 (20,000). One bizarre incident is the question 5,000th goal in competition history, laid in 1996 – but split between Sutton and Townsend, who scored for both Villa and Rovers against Southampton and Leicester at the same time.

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