Strike partner eager to share Austin goal burdenMartin Paterson is determined to launch his own goal-scoring spree to help out man of the moment Charlie Austin.
Austin’s goal blitz has been largely responsible for the Clarets’ recent points haul with Burnley losing just one of their last five Championship games – a defeat at Leicester City when Austin didn’t play.
And while Paterson is a perfect foil for the country’s leading scorer, the Northern Ireland international is hungry to weigh in with his share.
“At the moment it’s all Charlie so I need to score more goals, I know that,” said Paterson, who has made a successful return from a catalogue of injury problems.
“I have had six games on the trot, so I’m delighted with that, but I’m not happy with my goal return at the moment.
“I believe I have been playing well but I just haven’t scored. I have got a pride in my game and I know I need to score goals.
“I am a centre-forward. I know I do a lot for the team in other areas but I want goals as well.
“I don’t hide behind the fact that Charlie is on fire. I just need to hit the ball in the back of the net and I’m sure when I get a good chance next time I will put it away and I will go on my little run to help the team and Charlie as well.
“It helps me in the sense that the pressure isn’t really on me because he’s scoring two or three every game, but I put the pressure on myself and I like to do that because I am very honest and I know that I need to score goals.”
Martin Paterson is hungry for more goals
Paterson hasn’t scored since the opening day of the season, while Austin can’t stop hitting the net with his second hat-trick in five games against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night taking his total for the season to 14.
“He is one of those streaks where everything is just nestling in. He’s just so hot and hopefully it carries on,” added Paterson.
“I spoke to him on Tuesday when he scored his second and said ‘I think you’ve touched the ball twice’.
“And that’s just how he is. He is a natural goalscorer. His knack of getting in the position to score goals; I don’t think you can coach or it or talk about how he does it.
“He just does it and gets in between the two centre-halves and once the ball comes in it’s a goal.
“It’s fantastic, but I do think we need to help him out and chip in with a few goals from other people which will ease the burden a little bit because at the moment he is carrying the goal-scoring bag on his shoulders.
“But what he is doing at the moment is remarkable.”
Despite Austin’s heroics, the Clarets have found winning elusive with late equalisers against both Millwall and Wednesday costing them four points in their last two games.
Those lapses have left Burnley 15th in the Championship table and Paterson is out to make amends on Saturday when Eddie Howe’s side goes heads for the capital to face a Crystal Palace side riding high on the back of five wins and a draw from their last six games.
“In my opinion we should have won the last two games at home,” insisted Paterson.
“The group isn’t happy with that and I would like to think the lads will go out on Saturday and show how much it means to get the win.”