GOALS have never really been Aaron Lennon's currency, but the winger is hoping his first in a Burnley shirt can kickstart one of his best seasons in front of goal.

The 31-year-old produced arguably his best performance for the Clarets since his move from Everton in January in the 4-0 win over Bournemouth, and as well scoring the second he laid on two for Ashley Barnes late on, giving him as much satisfaction as the goal of his own.

Lennon has always dealt more in assists than finishing the moves off, as evidenced by the fact he has only scored five or more in a season three times in his career, hitting that tally twice with Tottenham and then scoring six for Everton in 2015/16.

In opening his account for the Clarets the former England winger was scoring his first Premier League goal in two-and-a-half years, and he admits ending the drought is a weight off his mind.

"It’s been praying on my mind to be honest. I should score more. I’ve had few chances this season but it is great to get the goal," Lennon said after sliding home Johann Berg Gudmundsson's cross.

"If you are playing every game you want to aim for double figures. But for me getting assists is just as important. I love setting up the other lads as well.

"It makes my day if the other lads score as well so if I can put one on the plate for anyone it is just as important for me.”

Lennon's goal doubled Burnley's lead after Matej Vydra had opened the scoring and gave Burnley due reward for a much improved first half performance after they'd hit the foot of the Premier League table following four straight defeats.

Boss Sean Dyche held a meeting with his players during the week to try and end the slump and Lennon said the focus had been on 'getting back to basics'.

"We worked on it all week, getting back to basics, being on the front foot and doing what we do," he said.

"From minute one we were in their faces and it has paid off for us.

"Confidence hadn’t really dipped because we knew we were doing things right. We’ve had a couple of bad performances – we are all honest lads in there - which we knew were not up to scratch.

"But this week has been good, we could feel it, and from minute one you could see it we were on it."

The win moved the Clarets out of the relegation zone and in beating a side who were fifth in the league ahead of their visit to Turf Moor, Lennon believes Burnley have laid down a marker that they can still hit the heights of last season, when they finished seventh and qualified for Europe.

"I don’t see why not," he said. "The squad is pretty much the same, we’ve brought in a few quality players as you can see and obviously we’re out of the Europa League now and we go back to one game a week so we get to work on the training pitch and hopefully we can kick on from there.

“They are a quality side and you can see while they have done well. They have got a lot of threat and pace in the side but we dealt with it well and we showed we are just as good as them and showed we can match pretty much any team in this League.”

Lennon's performance at Turf Moor may even have caught the eye of watching England boss Gareth Southgate, although having not played for the Three Lions since 2013 the 21-cap man raised a wry smile when told of Southgate's presence.

“It’s a long time since I played for international footballl!," Lennon said.

"Who knows? You never know. But the only thing I am concentrating on is playing well for Burnley. Whatever happens, happens. But this it is just about the win, nothing else.”