Sean Dyche joked that Sam Vokes’ hopes of grabbing a starting spot were gone in 30 seconds unless the striker scored immediately in the 2-1 victory at Watford.
And the Welshman’s timely goal - after just 22 seconds and with his very first touch - duly inspired a second half fightback that led to Burnley racking up four successive top flight wins for the first time in half a century.
The victory left boss Dyche purring: “To win three successive away games is a great credit to all concerned and it was a fantastic three points today, in a tough game.
“Watford are a good side and to come here and get a big three points, after a few more injuries, is fantastic.
“The work ethic and mentality continues to grow and after going one goal down – deservedly so – we responded again.
“We’ve done that many times and it was a good goal from Vokesy, that we designed. I told him if he didn’t score within 30 seconds of coming on, he wasn’t playing next week, and that rocked them.
“We got a quick second and then I felt we saw the game out very well, so it was more mentality that saw us through today.”
Vokes equalised in the 71st minute to cancel out Roberto Pereyra’s opener 10 minutes earlier.
And within two minutes stand-in skipper Cork headed home with the aid of goalline technology to complete the turnaround for the below-par Clarets.
Dyche added: “We played much better against West Ham and West Brom, but our winning desire got us through today.
“We’ve had some fantastic wins this season, and others like today where it’s muck and nettles and you have to fight for every ounce of luck and over the season you need that.
“We’ve never made any grand statements. We are what we are and that is a team that will do everything to try and win and that was on show today.”
The win was secured without the services of Ben Mee, who missed out with a shin injury that could sideline the defender for a short period.
Dyche admitted: “We’re not sure how long Ben will be. It’s a knock on his shin that has flared and it just needs a period of time to settle down.
“Johann has a chance for next week if he has a good week, so we’ll wait and see.
"We’ve a couple of injury problems at the minute, but if we keep performing like that, then it shows the good squad mentality.”