Carekater boss maintains 100% record thanks to McCann winner
Terry Pashley kept up his 100 per cent record as caretaker as the Clarets capped a great display with a dramatic injury time winner at Bristol City.
The Clarets looked to have thrown away another late lead after conceding two late goals, following Charlie Austin’s brace – equalling ray Pointer’s 50 year old record of scoring in eight successive games – and Martin Paterson’s second half strike.
But Pashley protégé Chris McCann headed home in the 95th minute to send Pashley into dreamland.
The caretaker said: “The game ebbed and flowed , but I felt we fully deserved the victory.
“Even in the first half, at 1-0, I felt we were in total control and in the second half we got ourselves into such a good position.
“Playing with that purpose I couldn’t see any way back for them and then, for me, two refereeing decisions have totally changed it.
“We’ve made it hard for ourselves, but we would have been very disappointed to come off at 3-3 after that performance, but a smashing finish won it for us at the end.
“We know we’ve been conceding too many goals but it’s not as though we could do much about those tonight.
“All the back four are disappointed at the manner of the goals and they were probably thinking ‘here we go again’.
“But there is a lot of character in there and that showed at the end.
“We’ve had a lot of good performances in there and I really think it would have been an injustice if we hadn’t won it at the death.”
Austin’s double made it a sensational 14 goals in eight games, effectively trumping Pointer’s 12 in eight set in the 1958/59 campaign.
And Pashley, who has to overcome the loss of Marvin Bartley (hamstring) and Ross Wallace in the warm-up (hamstring), admitted he was running out of superlatives for the red-hot striker.
He said: “I have only worked with Charlie for just over a week and the boy is a breath of fresh air.
“Even if you take away his goals, he is a total team player by running himself into the ground and doing anything you want him to. The kid is just a dream and he deserves everything he gets.”
Pashley’s reign as caretaker manager could well end with two straight victories, with the Burnley board reportedly hoping to announce a new manager before the weekend.
However, the Clarets stalwart insists it will be business as usual until he is told otherwise.
He said: “I don’t expect anything to be honest.
“I will just carry on until I’m told otherwise. But it’s a great feeling being out there with the crowd and the atmosphere and it’s been great working with the first team.
“But the board will make the right decision for Burnley Football Club and in the meantime that’s six points and if I am still with the boys, we will go to Cardiff in great confidence.”