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Austin puts Burnley in dreamland

24 October 2012

Caretaker Burnley boss Terry Pashley described Charlie Austin as "a dream to work with" after the striker equalled a club record in their last-gasp 4-3 away win over Bristol City.

Austin netted a double in this thriller and has now scored in eight consecutive games, a feat last achieved for the Clarets by Ray Pointer in the 1958/59 season.

"I've only worked with the lad for a week, but he is a breath of fresh air," said Pashley. "Apart from his goals, Charlie is a total team player."

Austin's brace had helped Burnley take a 3-1 lead just after the hour mark, but Sam Baldock's penalty handed City a lifeline and they looked to have taken it when Paul Anderson scored a 90th minute equaliser, only for Chris McCann to win it at the death.

"I thought we were in control of the game at 3-1 up and didn't foresee Bristol's comeback," Pashley added.

"I couldn't believe the two free kicks and a penalty that led to their goals, but I've told the lads they mustn't give the referee an opportunity to make such decisions."

City boss Derek McInnes said: "We can't defend like that and hope to achieve anything.

"We couldn't defend a cross into our box at the death which was very disappointing. A number of injuries have left us without much height to defend set-pieces, but we have to do better.

"I should be talking about a storming comeback and giving the lads credit for showing great spirit, but it's hard to do that when you have lost the game.

"We have been put through the mincer and so have our fans. But there is another home game against Hull on Saturday and we have to respond."

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