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Austin repays manager's faith

23 September 2012

Burnley manager Eddie Howe was rewarded for his decision to keep Charlie Austin on the pitch after the striker scored twice for the second season running at Pride Park to deliver a 2-1 victory over Derby.

After Jamie Ward had given Derby the lead, Austin had only two chances but buried them both to take his tally for the season to nine in eight games, although Howe admitted he could have taken him off before he grabbed a late winner.

"That's the beauty of Charlie. He's in the right place at the right time," Howe said.

"His first goal was a fantastic finish and his hold-up play was really good. He didn't have many sights of goal but the two that he got he took really well. We had a dilemma with 10 minutes to go, we were under the cosh and you think 'we've got two strikers on the pitch, do we try and shore up the midfield' and the one to come off would have been Charlie.

"It goes through your mind but we're delighted we kept him on the pitch! I'm delighted for him as well because he does work hard and he's a real team player. I think he would be the first to acknowledge that the lads behind him, the defenders and midfielders, kept us in the game.

"The second part of the second half we were backs against the wall but we defended really well and popped up with a goal that was probably hard on Derby, but we will certainly take that with some of the luck we've had."

Rams manager Nigel Clough was left to reflect on what might have been after a repeat of last year's result against Burnley.

"We had enough chances in the second half but you've got to put one of those away otherwise you are always susceptible to conceding one, but that's the other side of it we've got to learn quickly," he said.

"We've got to learn you don't lose the game, at 1-1 we've played very well and missed a few chances, but if you come in with a 1-1 you bemoan your bad luck but you do it with a point on the board.

"I thought once we got into our stride in the second half, we lost count of how many chances we had. But I thought Craig Bryson was back to his best, he was absolutely magnificent."

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