Monday, 31 October 2011

Austin taking solace from Torres bloopers

Charlie Austin is taking solace from Fernando Torres’ bloopers after submitting his own entry for miss of the season.

The Burnley striker looked certain to net his second goal in the 3-1 derby win over Blackpool when Jay ­Rodriguez picked him out at the far post with an empty net in front of him.

But the nine-goal frontman guided his effort past the post to the shock of the Turf Moor full house.

Rather than hide from the flak though, Austin said: “If Torres can do it, I’m sure I can. But I’m sure my facial expression tells the real story. I couldn’t believe it.

“When the ball came across, I said: ‘Yes I’m in here’ and then I hit it wide. I was gutted. It would have been nice to score, but the game was done by then.’’

It certainly was and Austin played a major part in that. His brave header to convert Junior Stanislas’ cross deflated Blackpool in the 20th minute.

And Burnley were further ahead when Ross Wallace bent home a free-kick following Stephen Crainey’s hand-ball. Austin then set up a third by charging into the box and squaring for Marvin Bartley to net.

Blackpool took advantage when the Clarets took their foot of the pedal late on with Jonjo Shelvey beating Lee Grant from 18-yards.

Seasiders chief Ian Holloway said: “It is ironic Charlie Austin has undone us. He chose to come to Burnley when we were in the Premier League. That hurts big time now.

“But we should have enough anyway. My boys have to wake up.”

1 comment:

  1. Chris McCann played him in, not Rodriguez, and the crowd was 15k against a 22k capacity so hardly a full house...