BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche paid tribute to Charlie Austin, after the striker beat Andy Loch-head’s long-standing record to become the quickest Claret to 20 goals.
Austin’s 83rd minute winner against Leeds United – a header from Kieran Trippier’s right wing cross – took his tally to 20 goals from only 17 games.
His remarkable run includes at least one goal in each of the last six home games – surpassing John Francis’ run of five from 1991.
And new manager Dyche believes there could be no end to his scoring feats this season.
“There are no boundaries for people. I do’'t give the team boundaries,” he said.
“It’s a marvellous return. Why can’t he go on and get more?
“I was with Clive Allen at a golf day recently, and he got over 40.
“The targets are open-ended. I’m a big believer in what we can do.”
And Dyche was delighted to record back-to-back wins after taking charge of the team last week.
“We created some good chances. We had good pockets of play and arguably enough to nick one,” he said.
“But Leeds are a good side and there was 20 minutes in the second half where they played some clever football to press us back.
“It’s very difficult in Championship football to dominate the whole match, so I was delighted with the way we played for 20 minutes.
“The goal was absolutely top drawer, and the build-up to the goal was top drawer.”
Austin’s next target is to break the club record of most goals scored from the start of a season to the end of a calendar year.
That particular record was set by Jimmy Robson in 1960-61 when he reached 26, rounding it off in style with two goals on New Year’s Eve in a 5-3 win against Newcastle at Turf Moor.
And you wouldn’t bet against Austin at the moment.