Clarets' striker rewarded for 'goal-den' monthGoal prince Charlie Austin has been crowned as the nPower Championship Player of the Month for October.
The Clarets’ striker beat Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley and Peterborough forward George Boyd to claim the award after scoring seven times in five games during the month.
His prolific run, which included a hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday, two against Bristol City and one against both Blackpool and Crystal Palace, also saw Austin equal Burnley’s club record of scoring in eight successive games.
“It’s nice to be noticed and I am chuffed to bits to get it, although as I have said many times before if it wasn’t for team-mate I wouldn’t be in this position to win an award,” said Austin, whose 20-goal tally makes him the highest scorer in the country.
“I am in the team to score goals but if it wasn’t for the rest of the lads I wouldn’t be getting the opportunities that I have been.
“It’s my first one (monthly award) and hopefully the first of many. It shows I am doing my job for the team and hopefully it will continue because if I keep scoring, and everyone else does as well, then Burnley should be getting up the top end of the league.”
Austin’s goal burst in October helped him continue a remarkable start to the season which has seen him further enhance his enviable career record.
The 23-year-old will make his 100th League start against Charlton Athletic at Turf Moor on Saturday when he will be bidding to score for a sixth successive home game – equalling another Clarets’ post-war record.
He has also made 18 further appearances from the bench and his combined total of League goals for Swindon and Burnley already stands at 65.
And in all competitions, Austin has scored a staggering 74 goals in just 133 appearances since moving from the building site into professional football.
“He thoroughly deserves this,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
“His goal tally speaks for itself, breaking records for Burnley Football Club, but his work ethic is so good as well.
“He is a team player and respects the team and he respects the team ethic, so that’s important from our point of view.
“I have come in along the way, witnessed him in three games and seen him on the training pitch and thoroughly enjoyed what I am seeing and what we are working with.”
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