DEADLY DUO FIRE DY­CHE’S HOPES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nathan Hemmingham To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BURN­LEY fans may have feared the worst when last sea­son’s hot-shot striker Char­lie Austin left for Queen’s Park Rangers in the sum­mer, but they need not worry be­cause Sean Dy­che seems to have found the per­fect so­lu­tion.

The new strike part­ner­ship of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes looks to have gelled in­stantly and both were on the score­sheet in their­vic­tory at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day to make it two wins and a draw from their open­ing three games.

Both goals came in the first half as Burn­ley were much the bet­ter side, but stout de­fend­ing and some su­perb goal­keep­ing from young­ster Tom Heaton meant the vis­i­tors weath­ered Wed­nes­day’s sec­ond half storm.

And af­ter re­build­ing his at­tack, man­ager Dy­che ad­mit­ted he was rel­ish­ing the new era.

He said:“I am pleased for Sam that he got his goal.We are try­ing to get out of him what he can be and young Danny is learn­ing his trade and work­ing hard.

“He looks fit and sharp and his move­ment around the box is ex­cel­lent. He has a thirst to im­prove, the po­ten­tial is there. He’s a young man and he’s en­joy­ing his trade.

“I was pleased with the per­for­mance in patches, par­tic­u­larly in the first half.We knew Wed­nes­day would throw ev­ery­thing at us in the sec­ond half and that we had to stand strong but I thought the game changed when we didn’t get a penalty for hand­ball. It was an un­be­liev­able de­ci­sion not to give it and had we scored that we would have gone on to com­fort­ably win the game.

“But by not giv­ing the penalty, it changed the feel of the game and Wed­nes­day had a sigh of re­lief and came back at us even stronger and we had to deal with that, which we did.”

The Clarets should have been ahead in­side 20 min­utes. Vokes re­acted the quick­est to Dean Mar­ney’s de­flected ef­fort but Owls keeper Chris Kirk­land pro­duced a su­perb save from close range.

New sign­ing Jac­ques Maghoma should have opened his ac­count when he met Michail An­to­nio’s right-wing cross but he got his tim­ings all wrong and some­how shinned the ball wide. And mid­way through the half, left­back Danny Laf­ferty had his heart in his mouth when he came within inches of turn­ing Maghoma’s cross into his own net. But two goals in the space of five min­utes turned the tide de­servedly in the vis­i­tors’ favour. Wal­lace de­liv­ered a per­fect cross from the right for Ings to head home on 33 min­utes. And not long af­ter it was 2-0 when full-back Kieran Trip­pier was af­forded too much time to pick out his man, this time Vokes, who again rose the high­est to head his side fur­ther ahead at the break.

The Owls came out all guns blaz­ing af­ter the break and strik- er At­dhe Nuhiu came within inches of mak­ing it two goals in two games when he headed Maghoma’s cross just wide.

They didn’t have to wait much longer as David Prut­ton nar­rowed the deficit with the game’s third headed goal but the de­feat con­demns the Owls to their worst start to a league sea­son since 2007. Man­ager Dave Jones said: “It’s just so frus­trat­ing be­cause we are at full stretch be­cause of in­juries. We have four or five ex­pe­ri­enced first team play­ers out of the team and we just have to suf­fer that un­til those play­ers come back.

“There’s noth­ing I can do about that, I can­not bring any play­ers in un­til I move play­ers out so we just have to dig in and get through it. There’s no panic, cer­tain peo­ple will panic but this pe­riod will only ben­e­fit us and make us stronger. The young lads that have come in will only ben­e­fit from their ex­pe­ri­ence in the team.

“We started well and did ok but then there was a bit of a lull in our play and they cap­i­talised.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

HUGS ALL ROUND: Sam Vokes cel­e­brates giv­ing Burn­ley a 2-0 lead. Inset: Vokes scores over Chris Kirk­land

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