Hard work pays off for rejuvenated winger
Revitalised winger Keith Treacy plans to build on his new beginning at Turf Moor after helping inspire the Clarets to a winning start to 2013.
Treacy continued his rehabilitation into the first-team squad with the opening goal – his first for Burnley for 16 months – as the Clarets won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.
And the Irishman admitted that he has been a new man since a change of manager resurrected his Clarets’ career.
“Me and the gaffer have been working closely since he came in,” said Treacy, who looked to be on his way out of Turf Moor before Sean Dyche replaced Eddie Howe at the end of October.
“He ironed out what problems I had and how I felt about the club and how I felt I was being treated.
Back on target
“He has put a lot of things right and he has been different class for me and he will be the first to tell you that I have put the hard yards in and done everything I needed to do.
“I’m not there yet. Regardless of scoring the goal and having an okay performance today doesn’t mean I’m where I need to be.
“The performance was masked a bit. I think I gave the ball away a bit silly a few times. I got the goal and people say I played well, but I know there is a long way to go yet.”
After starting his first Championship game of the season last Saturday, Treacy came off the bench at Hillsborough following a first-half injury to Martin Paterson.
And the 24-year-old played a key role in helping Dyche’s men record a first away win since November as he rifled home the crucial first goal, helped earn a penalty for the second and then hit a post late on against the side where he ended last season on loan.
“I’m making strides towards it and all I can say is I am very thankful to the gaffer,” added Treacy, who knuckled down on the training ground to play himself back into contention.
“Me and the (last manager) didn’t see eye to eye on a couple of things. We fell out but it’s a new gaffer, a new year and hopefully I can kick on.
“I’m a footballer and if I’m not playing football I’m not going to be happy but that’s all in the past now and I have a good manager behind me who wants me to do well at the club.
“I have heard some of the things the fans have said and they want me to do well so hopefully I can reward them for their patience.”