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Paterson pleased to play his part

3 February 2013

Striker has goals and Austin in his sights!

Martin Paterson admitted he might have to shoot Charlie Austin to get a start in the Clarets’ attack but was delighted to add his name to the score-sheet as he struck late to avoid defeat at London Road.

Paterson came off the bench to replace a tiring Austin at Peterborough and grabbed his fifth goal of the season five minutes from the end to secure a 2-2 draw which lifted Burnley up to seventh place in the table.

And the super-sub was happy to have played his part after watching Austin return from injury with his 24th-goal of the season to give the Clarets an early lead.

“I will possibly have to shoot Charlie to get a game if I am honest, which I have contemplated!” joked Paterson, whose run of starts – often in a wide position – was interrupted by injury at the turn of the year.

“When you play one up front and Charlie scores with pretty much every touch he has it’s pretty hard to get a game.

“But it’s important when you are called upon and when you are coming off the bench to make an impact.

“It was nice for me to get a point and score a goal because I feel like I helped the team and that’s the most important thing.

“I have been saying all week that I have been getting close to scoring a goal.

“I got put on up front with big Vokesy and got myself in and around the box and when I do that I normally score goals.

“It’s up to me to score more. I am disappointed with my tally but I am working away in training and working hard to rectify that.”

After side-footing Burnley level following good work by Chris McCann, Paterson almost secured a third successive away win with an injury-time header.

It took a superb save from Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik to deny the striker, who felt Burnley could have wrapped up victory earlier.

“It’s a point on the board but from how we played in the first half it’s possibly two points dropped,” Paterson added. 

“From passages of play we should have won that game. They came back into it but I think that’s because we didn’t get the second goal. If we could have got that we could have maybe gone from them.

“But we managed to nick a goal at the end to get a point and you can’t turn your nose up at that.

“That is a positive and we go onto the next game looking for a win.”

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