MANAGER Sean Dyche praised Keith Treacy for proving he wants to build a future with Burnley, after the winger influenced a winning start to 2013 for the Clarets.
The 24-year-old scored the first and won the penalty which Ross Wallace converted after coming off the bench at Hillsborough, following injury to Martin Paterson.
Treacy had ended last season on loan with the Owls following a fall-out with former boss Eddie Howe.
After helping Dave Jones’ side win automatic promotion to the Championship, only finances prevented them making the move permanent.
But Dyche is pleased he remained a Claret, and after witnessing a game-changing performance urged Treacy to keep up the good work.
“Everyone has a challenge in life and Keith has his own. I made it quite clear that I was interested in him first and football second. But you have to earn the right. I made it clear I wanted to work with him, but there is a culture we set and you have to want to be a part of that. If you don’t, then at some point you will leave the building,” the Burnley boss explained.
“He wanted to be part of that and he has responded.
“He is getting fitter and more aligned with that we are trying to achieve here and what the group are trying to achieve and I thought he showed that (yesterday).
“Nobody has ever doubted Keith’s ability. It is just whether he will do the things that make a team work – and that was on show without a shadow of a doubt.
“The way he is going about his business I think it’s clear that he wants it again and that’s a tremendous message for everyone concerned.”
After handing Treacy his first Championship start for Burnley since February in the last game, against Leicester, Dyche opted to name the winger among the substitutes against Sheffield Wednesday, while handing Sam Vokes his first start since August.
And the Clarets boss was delighted with Treacy’s impact from the bench.
“I made it clear that I didn’t want him to be despondent that he’d played and them come out of the side to start,” he said.
“His journey back is about him, not just us and he has gone on and delivered.”
But Dyche felt there were plenty of other positives in an overall team display at Hillsborough, where they earned their fourth away win of the season.
“That was a very thorough performance – perhaps the most complete since I’ve been here.
“We had to tinker with the formation and made changes for different reasons.
“We had a few important players missing and the challenge was for those coming in to deliver performance and for the team to deliver a performance.
“For the most part, after a soft first 15 minutes, I felt we controlled the game.
“You do wonder if it is going to be another of those days where you dominate and don’t get anything.
“But we were playing a team that had three wins and a draw and hadn’t conceded a goal in that time, so you don’t just come here and roll them over.
“You have to earn it and I felt we did that.”
Dean Marney missed the game after complaining of a thigh strain, Paterson and Chris McCann were withdrawn because of hamstring problems, while Austin was also ruled out with the hamstring injury which forced him off against Leicester at the weekend.
“Charlie is okay and the injury is settling down. It’s a minor hamstring injury and it’s one of them thins that has to be takes care of wisely by the medical team,” said Dyche.
“We will see how he goes and we are hoping Chris and Martin (hamstrings) aren’t too serious either, so we’ll monitor those over the next 24 hours.
“Dean Marney (thigh) is not an overly serious one either and we are hoping that will settle down quickly.
“I’m not too worried at this stage but another 24 hours and I’ll know more.”