Burnley striker Rodriguez targets Prem start after 4-goal Cup haul

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Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez hopes his four-goal haul in their Carabao Cup defeat of Rochdale can earn him a Premier League start.

The 32-year-old staked his claim for a top-flight recall by scoring all Burnley's goals at Turf Moor in the second half of their 4-1 third-round win.

He has started all bar one of the Clarets' Premier League games this season on the bench, but a 12-minute hat-trick and a late fourth has given manager Sean Dyche food for thought.

Rodriguez said: “The main thing is to get through to the next round. I can just control what I can control and will keep my head down and work hard and whatever I need to do for the team I will do.

“I will always work my hardest and do the best I can do, but it was a great feeling to score four and for the team to get the win, so hopefully it will kick us on now."

He added: “It's difficult because you're in and out, and as a player you always want consistency and for that you need to play consistently.

“But in training you try and maximise yourself as much as you can, keep yourself fit and ready."

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