Charlie Austin will hit form for Burnley again says Sean Dyche

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SEAN Dyche has backed Charlie Austin to rediscover his early season goal form and help fire Burnley back up the table.

The Clarets striker shot to the top of the goal charts in not only the Championship but the whole of Europe – outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for a spell in November, after setting a new club record by taking just 17 games to reach 20 goals.

Austin has been on target only once in four games since returning from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for five weeks - missing the whole of January.

Coincidentally, after beginning 2013 with nine points from three league games, Burnley have not won since Austin came back into the side.

But Dyche insists the Clarets aren’t suffering for putting too much emphasis on their top scorer.

“When I came here there was (too much onus on him), when he was breaking records and all that,” said the Burnley boss.

“It did seem quite a powerful thing at the time – it seemed every question was about Charlie.

“I think that quietened off.

“You forget he's only in his fourth professional season, second at this level.

“He's still learning the game.

“There has been loads of exposure on the lad and that can play it's part. I'm not saying it has, but it can. Then he comes out of the team (through injury) and we win, he comes back in the team and we don't win as freely, people look at it.

“But the reality is he's a good, young player who's still getting in the right areas to score goals, very nearly did at the weekend, getting in the right places.

“With a player of his goalscoring prowess goals will come, for sure.”

Danny Ings has been among those who have offered a supply line to Austin since himself returning from injury in October, notably at Brighton on Saturday when two right wing crosses led to the marksman having one header saved while another narrowly missed the target.

But Ings stressed Austin was refusing to get down about a number of near misses.

“If you know Charlie Austin personally you'll know his spirits are always high – he's that type of guy,” said the striker.

“He didn't score (on Saturday) but he could go into the next game and score a hat-trick.

“He's a great lad to have in the team.”

But Ings knows it is up to all of them to contribute towards helping Burnley stay in the play-off picture.

“It's not that long ago that we were on a good run and people were saying 'look at Burnley, they can get in the play-offs', and I still think it's possible,” he said.

“We just need to go on a little run now and I think we can.

“The way we're playing sooner or later a team will be on the end of a good hiding from us.

“I think that will come very soon.”

Ings added: “I think we can mix it with anyone in this league. The Championship in general is very close, the ability levels are all near enough the same.

“There are some big names that some clubs have.

“We're unlucky at the moment but I'm sure we can turn it around.”

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12:45pm Tue 26 Feb 13

vintageclaret says...

Not with the way you are playing the team Mr. Dyche, especially at home.
Austin continually up front on his own needs support and Patterson isolated on the left wing instead of being more involved in the middle is baffling.

Admittedly now and again Stanislas pulls the odd good goal and is trying to tack back to help defence more than he used to, but he still flatters to deceive with unnecessary showboating and more often than not, poor final deliveries

Why do you insist on playing Vokes only for the last 10 mins or so?

Surely, with the attacking potential of Vokes, Ings & Austin along with a fully fit Wallace and Trippier overlapping we would have an attack force to be reckoned with and lead to the whacking of a team some time sooner rather than later. The situation at the moment with you appears to be the same as Appleton's in that you have both tightened up the defence but lost the goal scoring potential in doing so. The mark of a good team is as the word say "Team" i.e. all potentials fulfilling their capabilities
Not with the way you are playing the team Mr. Dyche, especially at home. Austin continually up front on his own needs support and Patterson isolated on the left wing instead of being more involved in the middle is baffling. Admittedly now and again Stanislas pulls the odd good goal and is trying to tack back to help defence more than he used to, but he still flatters to deceive with unnecessary showboating and more often than not, poor final deliveries Why do you insist on playing Vokes only for the last 10 mins or so? Surely, with the attacking potential of Vokes, Ings & Austin along with a fully fit Wallace and Trippier overlapping we would have an attack force to be reckoned with and lead to the whacking of a team some time sooner rather than later. The situation at the moment with you appears to be the same as Appleton's in that you have both tightened up the defence but lost the goal scoring potential in doing so. The mark of a good team is as the word say "Team" i.e. all potentials fulfilling their capabilities vintageclaret

10:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

vintageclaret wrote:
Not with the way you are playing the team Mr. Dyche, especially at home.
Austin continually up front on his own needs support and Patterson isolated on the left wing instead of being more involved in the middle is baffling.

Admittedly now and again Stanislas pulls the odd good goal and is trying to tack back to help defence more than he used to, but he still flatters to deceive with unnecessary showboating and more often than not, poor final deliveries

Why do you insist on playing Vokes only for the last 10 mins or so?

Surely, with the attacking potential of Vokes, Ings & Austin along with a fully fit Wallace and Trippier overlapping we would have an attack force to be reckoned with and lead to the whacking of a team some time sooner rather than later. The situation at the moment with you appears to be the same as Appleton's in that you have both tightened up the defence but lost the goal scoring potential in doing so. The mark of a good team is as the word say "Team" i.e. all potentials fulfilling their capabilities
You've got it spot on there vintageclaret with both managers. Appleton has better players on the bench. Totally baffling.
[quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: Not with the way you are playing the team Mr. Dyche, especially at home. Austin continually up front on his own needs support and Patterson isolated on the left wing instead of being more involved in the middle is baffling. Admittedly now and again Stanislas pulls the odd good goal and is trying to tack back to help defence more than he used to, but he still flatters to deceive with unnecessary showboating and more often than not, poor final deliveries Why do you insist on playing Vokes only for the last 10 mins or so? Surely, with the attacking potential of Vokes, Ings & Austin along with a fully fit Wallace and Trippier overlapping we would have an attack force to be reckoned with and lead to the whacking of a team some time sooner rather than later. The situation at the moment with you appears to be the same as Appleton's in that you have both tightened up the defence but lost the goal scoring potential in doing so. The mark of a good team is as the word say "Team" i.e. all potentials fulfilling their capabilities[/p][/quote]You've got it spot on there vintageclaret with both managers. Appleton has better players on the bench. Totally baffling. Harwoodstblue

2:08pm Wed 27 Feb 13

vintageclaret says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
vintageclaret wrote: Not with the way you are playing the team Mr. Dyche, especially at home. Austin continually up front on his own needs support and Patterson isolated on the left wing instead of being more involved in the middle is baffling. Admittedly now and again Stanislas pulls the odd good goal and is trying to tack back to help defence more than he used to, but he still flatters to deceive with unnecessary showboating and more often than not, poor final deliveries Why do you insist on playing Vokes only for the last 10 mins or so? Surely, with the attacking potential of Vokes, Ings & Austin along with a fully fit Wallace and Trippier overlapping we would have an attack force to be reckoned with and lead to the whacking of a team some time sooner rather than later. The situation at the moment with you appears to be the same as Appleton's in that you have both tightened up the defence but lost the goal scoring potential in doing so. The mark of a good team is as the word say "Team" i.e. all potentials fulfilling their capabilities
You've got it spot on there vintageclaret with both managers. Appleton has better players on the bench. Totally baffling.
Thank you Harwood. Seems both our teams didn't show any potential whatsoever last night. The Clarets just didn't show up, they were abysmal, I wasn't one of those who booed, I never do you have to support your team and try to push them along.

However, last night they had no imagination whatsoever when it came to goal scoring opportunities. Again our manager's substitution ideas not only baffled me but everyone around. he brought on the new lad for his debut then substituted him later for Vokes (again late onto the pitch) this baffled not only me but everyone around me. Someone commented that Messrs Dyche & Appleton were draw specialists which seems to be "no idea when it comes to goal scoring". Yes a clean sheet or tight defence may sound and feel good but it's goals scored that win games.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vintageclaret[/bold] wrote: Not with the way you are playing the team Mr. Dyche, especially at home. Austin continually up front on his own needs support and Patterson isolated on the left wing instead of being more involved in the middle is baffling. Admittedly now and again Stanislas pulls the odd good goal and is trying to tack back to help defence more than he used to, but he still flatters to deceive with unnecessary showboating and more often than not, poor final deliveries Why do you insist on playing Vokes only for the last 10 mins or so? Surely, with the attacking potential of Vokes, Ings & Austin along with a fully fit Wallace and Trippier overlapping we would have an attack force to be reckoned with and lead to the whacking of a team some time sooner rather than later. The situation at the moment with you appears to be the same as Appleton's in that you have both tightened up the defence but lost the goal scoring potential in doing so. The mark of a good team is as the word say "Team" i.e. all potentials fulfilling their capabilities[/p][/quote]You've got it spot on there vintageclaret with both managers. Appleton has better players on the bench. Totally baffling.[/p][/quote]Thank you Harwood. Seems both our teams didn't show any potential whatsoever last night. The Clarets just didn't show up, they were abysmal, I wasn't one of those who booed, I never do you have to support your team and try to push them along. However, last night they had no imagination whatsoever when it came to goal scoring opportunities. Again our manager's substitution ideas not only baffled me but everyone around. he brought on the new lad for his debut then substituted him later for Vokes (again late onto the pitch) this baffled not only me but everyone around me. Someone commented that Messrs Dyche & Appleton were draw specialists which seems to be "no idea when it comes to goal scoring". Yes a clean sheet or tight defence may sound and feel good but it's goals scored that win games. vintageclaret

7:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13

nmclean77 says...

This must be Mr Dyche's way of publicly saying that he is going to change the tactics to benefit Charlie!
This must be Mr Dyche's way of publicly saying that he is going to change the tactics to benefit Charlie! nmclean77

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