Clarets can say: Char­lie Who?

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Greaves

BURN­LEY proved there is life af­ter star striker Char­lie Austin as Clarets man­ager Sean Dy­che de­clared his side’s point against Bolton a job well done.

Austin scored 28 goals in 40 games for Burn­ley last sea­son but this week put pen-to-pa­per on a deal to big-spend­ing QPR, break­ing the hearts of the Turf Moor faith­ful in the process.

But Danny Ings showed a goal threat does still ex­ist, open­ing the scor­ing for the home side mid­way through the first half, gett­ting the bet­ter of David Wheater af­ter a Sam Vokes flick be­fore guid­ing the ball past Adam Bog­dan with the help of a Wheater de­flec­tion.

Bolton hit back nine min­utes later, Dar­ren Prat­ley steer­ing the ball home from close range af­ter a neat Chris Ea­gles cut­back.

But, de­spite see­ing his side en­joy plenty of pos­ses­sion with­out cre­at­ing much in the fi­nal third, Dy­che said: “I was pleased with our per­form- ance, I thought it was a con­tin­u­a­tion of our good form in pre-sea­son.

“There was good en­ergy to it, a nice solid look to it but also some real qual­ity at times.

“We nearly scored again and that can hap­pen at times. We’re play­ing against a big club in terms of fi­nan­cial sense in this di­vi­sion and they will be well-fan­cied.

“I al­ways want to win but the sec­ond thing you take is a good per­for­mance.

“It’s def­i­nitely Danny’s goal and ev­ery­one knows that he has been very sharp pre-sea­son.

“They looked re­ally fit and there were good signs. It (the de­par­ture of Char­lie Austin) has been done, it’s gone and we move on.

“It bodes well for how we think the group is de­vel­op­ing. It’s one game and we’ve got so much still to do.”

De­spite a high-tempo start nei­ther side was able to cap­i­talise on spells of pos­ses­sion, Kieran Trip­pier’s long range ef­fort – claimed com­fort­ably by Bog­dan – the clos­est the home side came in the open­ing ex­changes.

Ings’ opener fol­lowed a spell of pres­sure from the Clarets but it wasn’t all one-way traf­fic and the vis­i­tors re­acted pos­i­tively to go­ing be­hind with Ea­gles and the busy Chung-Yong Lee con­tin­u­ing to find pock­ets of space.

The equaliser, fol­low­ing a well­worked move or­ches­trated by Prat­ley, took the sting out of the game and the tempo never re­ally reached the heights of the open­ing 20 min­utes af­ter that.

Af­ter the break, sub­sti­tute Craig Davies went closer than any­one, forc­ing Burn­ley stop­per Tom Heaton into a fly­ing save 11 min­utes from time.

Nei­ther side were able to build on that al­though Wan­der­ers boss Dougie Freed­man felt his side could have snatched it with a bet­ter fi­nal ball. He said: “I thought it was a good game. We did well to come back from a lit­tle set­back which is go­ing to hap­pen so that was pleas­ing from a coaches point of view.

“We didn’t panic and our ap­proach play for 25 min­utes in the first half was good.

“I thought our fi­nal ball could have been bet­ter but that will come, es­pe­cially when you have play­ers like David Ngog, Craig Davies and Jer­maine Beck­ford in your side that will def­i­nitely come. I thought it was a fair re­sult. We didn’t re­ally do enough to win it but that’s how it goes.”

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