Record breaker Charlie dedicates 20th of the season to his dad.Charlie Austin dedicated his latest record-breaking goal to his dad Fred, who was rewarded for a 520-mile round trip to watch his son sink Leeds United at Turf Moor.
Austin senior came north to see Charlie in mid-week action for the first time since his debut for Burnley at Doncaster in January, 2011.
And it will have been a sweet drive back home to the south coast after Austin scored for the sixth successive home game to reach 20 goals in the shortest time from the start of the season in the Clarets’ history.
“I am going to dedicate that to my dad today,” said Charlie, whose 82nd-minute header gave Burnley a 1-0 win and second successive victory under new boss Sean Dyche.
“He traveled up from Bournemouth to watch it. It’s a long way to come on a Saturday, never mind a Tuesday night, so I’m glad I made it worthwhile.
“You want to get 20 goals in a season! I am just happy with my overall performance at the minute and I will just keep working on my game in training to try and keep producing it on a Saturday.
“It’s massive for me and the team and a win like that it just what we needed.”
While Austin was delivering the goods for his dad, he also paid tribute to his defensive colleagues who provided the platform for his late strike.
The back four, helped by a superb late save from Lee Grant, extended their shut-out record beyond 270 minutes as Burnley won for the fourth time in five games to climb in tenth in the table – one point adrift of the play-off places.
“At the start of the season it wasn’t really going for us there, but the lads are buzzing that we have kept a third clean sheet at home and it was a massive team effort,” added Austin.
“The first half was a bit scrappy but the best piece of football was when we scored the goal. Chris McCann played a great ball and whenever Trips crosses it in I think I am going to get on the end of it.
“We are not a team that should be scrapping around at the bottom. We should be up there.
“We have great quality throughout the team and at the moment everything is going really well and hopefully we can keep pushing on.
“After Saturday everyone was saying ‘new manager syndrome’, but since he has come in he has stamped his authority on things, said what he wants and the lads are rising to that.”