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Samuel Meade

Erling Haaland shifts mindset to avoid "crazy" outcome after Man City star breaks record

Erling Haaland admits he would go "crazy" if he kept thinking about Dixie Dean's record after another historic night for the Manchester City star.

The Norwegian scored his 35th goal in the 3-0 win over West Ham, which saw him break the record for most goals in a Premier League season, previously held jointly by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole. Haaland has now scored a total of 51 goals in his first campaign in England.

That leaves him 12 short of Dean's record, set almost 100 years ago during his Everton days. City are still in the hunt for three trophies which means Haaland could have a maximum of eight games remaining this term, but his focus is not on bagging more records.

He told Sky Sports: "No, I don't think of this now. I will sleep on this game and wake up tomorrow and I think of trying to get three points here against Leeds. It will not be easy with a new manager [Sam Allardyce] and everything, but we cannot keep thinking about these records.

"My head would become crazy, I would become crazy in my head so I don't think of this. I will go home now and play some video games, eat something and then sleep. That's what I'll do and tomorrow we have to start thinking about Leeds. That's my life."

Haaland received a guard of honour from his City team-mates after the win against the Hammers. The records set by Shearer and Cole were done so in 42 game seasons, making the Norwegian's efforts all that more impressive.

The City star notched his side's second having been sent clear by Jack Grealish before finishing smartly. The former Aston Villa man, who has shone in his second year at the Etihad, had been determined to provide the assist for the record-breaking strike.

"Me and Jack spoke about it before the game," Haaland added. "He wanted to give me the assist for the record-breaking goal and I knew I would get the ball there. I saw the keeper coming and it was a perfect ball from Jack. It was a nice feeling, as every single goal I score and especially to win the game is also really important. It was really painful this guard of honour.

"Everyone hit me in the back, but it was a nice thing and I'm really happy. As I said, everyone knows it is possible (the treble) but we cannot think of the FA Cup final against Manchester United now. We play against Leeds in three days and if you do this, you are not good in your head. So, you have to think of the next game and focus because every single game, the last nine games are all finals."

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