DERBY goal hero Junior Stanislas has told manager Sean Dyche: “I want to start.”
The winger was picked for the first four games of 2013/14 but dropped to the bench for last month’s game at Brighton – Burnley’s only defeat this season.
Stanislas pressed home his case for a return to the line-up on Saturday, however, coming on in the 68th minute against Blackburn Rovers to score his first league goal of the season.
The 23-year-old was disappointed it wasn’t enough to earn a long-awaited derby win for the Clarets, with Jordan Rhodes cancelling out Stanislas’ superb strike in the 85th minute.
But, ahead of tonight’s visit of Birmingham City, the former West Ham winger hopes it was enough to get back in boss Dyche’s good books.
“For me, on a personal level, the last few games I haven’t started so coming on and helping the team to hopefully get a result is probably the main thing,” he said.
“It’s not just me, every player wants to be playing and when you’re not you’re obviously frustrated and disappointed. Hopefully a goal can put a bit more thought in the manager’s mind to play me.
“As a player all I want to do is play.
“If you get a chance you always want to do your best and thankfully at the weekend I’ve hit it and it’s come off.”
Burnley have the chance to maintain their unbeaten home record tonight against Birmingham.
But while Stanislas wants to be involved from the off he accepts the Clarets boss has selection dilemmas, particularly with the arrival of Michael Kightly on a season-long loan from Stoke City.
“In the game against Yeovil I wasn’t at my best so obviously the manager’s got a decision to make,” he said.
“He can only pick 11 players.”
That sentiment was echoed by Dyche.
“We have tended, since I’ve been here, to change wide players quite a bit – more probably than any other position,” said Dyche.
“That’s partly because I think they’re all very good players and I think there are fine margins between them.
“It’s always a tricky one looking at which one for what reason for what game.
“He (Stanislas) has been very respectful of the position.
“I’m sure they get frustrated, but when they get that shirt it’s their turn then to enjoy what they do and make sure that shirt remains theirs.”
The Clarets boss added: “At the minute I think Junior’s going along really well.
“I spoke to him about being flexible enough to take on the information that we give.
“No two ways about it since we’ve been here his work ethic’s improved.”
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