Howe reveals Austin call
Burnley manager Eddie Howe was rewarded for his decision to keep Charlie Austin on the pitch while Derby boss Nigel Clough was deflated.
Last Updated: 22/09/12 6:48pm
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 in a 2-1 win to leave Derby County boss Nigel Clough ruing missed chances.
Austin had only two opportunities but buried them both to take his tally for the season to nine in eight games.
But Howe admitted after the match he could have taken him off before he grabbed a late winner.
"That's the beauty of Charlie," Howe said. "He's in the right place at the right time.
"His first goal was a fantastic finish and his hold-up play was really good today. 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.
Rams manager Clough was left to reflect on missed efforts 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 today."
Derby had scored 15 goals in their first four home games and they had another in the 20th minute when Burnley failed to clear a corner and Paul Coutts and Jeff Hendrick combined to set up Jamie Ward.
The goal clearly unsettled Burnley but they regrouped and equalised in the 32nd minute when Ward's attempted clearance from a free-kick fell to Austin, who lashed a right-foot shot high past Frank Fielding.
Burnley won it in the 89th minute when Chris McCann delivered a superb cross from the left into the six yard box and Austin headed in to give his side their first away points of the season.