CHRIS Wood does not know the secret to a successful strike partnership with Ashley Barnes, but he is glad it has transferred from Brighton to Burnley.

The two first linked up when the Seagulls were pushing for promotion from League One in 2010/11.

Wood was a November arrival that year, on loan from West Brom, and formed a three-pronged attack, with Glenn Murray instrumental too as Brighton went up as champions.

The trio scored 42 goals between them, with Wood bagging nine and Barnes top scoring with 20.

“We worked well together when we were down at Brighton, and that was a formidable partnership along with Glenn Murray,” said Wood, who has been shortlisted for the Premier League’s player of the month after some influential performances on his return from injury

“We all worked well together.

“We worked well down there, won the title down there, so we know each other well.”

At Turf Moor, where Wood made a club record £15million move from Leeds in the summer, the duo have picked up where they left off.

Wood’s season’s has been disrupted by injury. But since being paired together at half-time against Everton at the start of March, Barnes and Wood have scored seven goals between them in just 152 minutes of football - a rate of around one goal per 22 minutes - securing wins over the Toffees (2-1), West Ham (3-0) and West Brom (2-1).

Barnes has scored in each of his last four games.

“We hope we can keep creating that through to the end of the season,” said Wood.

But he can’t put his finger on what makes them click.

“I don’t think you can put it down to just one thing,” he continued.

“You always find striking partners you work well with.

“I find I work well with everybody in the team, all the strikers.

“It’s the same with Vokesy (Sam Vokes).

“When Vokesy steps in, he’s fantastic as well.

“He builds the team with everybody else.

“We all work well together.”

New Zealand international Wood insists the competition for places keeps everyone on their toes too, with Nahki Wells waiting in the wings, while Jon Walters is on the road to recovery from a knee injury having started only once.

“That’s the thing, we’ve got five top quality strikers,” he said.