Super striker from Austin gives Clarets vital win
Charlie Austin described his spectacular winner against Charlton Athletic as the finest goal of his prolific career after firing Burnley to a vital victory.
Austin thumped in a near 30-yarder to record his 25th-goal of a remarkable season to secure a 1-0 success at the Valley.
And the 23-year-old, who took his personal tally against the Addicks to five in eight games, admitted after ending his four-game wait for a goal that he couldn’t recall a better one.
“I would say it was up there with the best of my career,” said Austin.
“It just felt right and I thought I would have a go and luckily enough it went in the top corner.
“I was really happy and hopefully I will score many more. It was nice for me to get back on the trail, as well as the team.
“It was a massive win. It was an important performance and one we needed.
“To get a goal for me was a bonus, but to get three points for the lads was brilliant.”
Austin’s first-half thunderbolt ended the Clarets’ 350-minute goal drought and brought them a morale-boosting first win in seven games.
After dominating the first half, Sean Dyche’s men then dug in after the break to repel everything Charlton threw at them in a bid to improve the worst home record in the division.
Austin praised the defensive heroics of his team-mates and after steering Burnley back into the top half of the Championship is looking to kick on against Barnsley back at Turf Moor next Tuesday night.
He added: “We put in a good performance in the first half and got the goal and then in the second we were under pressure but showed we can defend properly as well as attack.
“We defended really well, like our lives depended on it. Our backs were against the wall but we defended so well and it was a good team performance.
“We have got to get-back-to-back results together, go again Tuesday and hopefully get three points.
“We showed what we can do and hopefully we can put that in again on Tuesday and get the three points.”