Charlie Austin was relieved to break his Burnley duck on Saturday against Watford and is now hoping his somewhat fortuitous goal will inspire him to greater heights this season.

The 22-year-old striker made four appearances for the Clarets last term after a January move from Swindon, but failed to find the net on any of those occasions.

But Austin wasted no time during the new campaign in getting on the scoresheet, although he can't claim to know much about his maiden Burnley goal after the ball deflected off his face following a shot from Keith Treacy.

And, ever the poacher, Austin does not care how the goals come, as long as he can ensure a steady flow in the Npower Championship. "For any striker it's great to score and it doesn't matter how it goes in," he said.

"We are working very hard, we know who we want and we've just got to try and get them. Any forward, ask anyone and they'll say they all count.

"For a striker that's what you need, just a little bit of luck and you never know what they come off, although I've got to say that's the first time I've scored off my first face!


 

"They all count and it's another one for my league tally. I'm just looking forward now to buckling down and hopefully scoring a few more.

"As a striker you just want to be involved and score goals. With Saturday hopefully that can kick-start me off and if I can get another one on Tuesday that will put me right on track."

A regular starting berth is now Austin's next aim as he looks to make an impact at Turf Moor, and he could be aided in his pursuit of first-team football after an injury to forward colleague Martin Paterson.

The Northern Ireland striker has withdrawn from international duty, although it remains unclear how long he will be sidelined, but Eddie Howe is already on the lookout for a potential replacement.

"We are light on numbers and we are down to just two recognised strikers," said the Burnley boss. "We need players that are good enough to come in and make a difference to our team.

"At this stage of the season to be a little bit thin on the ground isn't ideal because we need to pick up results straight away. It’s something are looking to do and do quickly."

Topics:
#Watford
#Charlie Austin
#Keith Treacy
#Championship
#Swindon Town
#Eddie Howe
#Martin Paterson
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