Burnley winger wants to make an impact
JUNIOR Stanislas was disapp-ointed his first Burnley goal didn’t count for something at Middlesbrough in midweek, but the winger is determined to continue to keep making an impact this season.
The former West Ham man has started the campaign well for the Clarets, conjuring an assist to help beat Bolton 2-0 in the opening day derby before scoring what he hoped would be a late equaliser at The Riverside on Tuesday night.
In the end, Luke Williams added to the previous wonder strike by Adam Reach, and Nicky Bailey’s long-range first-half effort which quickly cancelled out Charlie Austin’s opener, to consign Eddie Howe’s men to a 3-2 defeat.
But after waiting almost a full calendar year for a goal, Stanislas is determined to shrug off the frustration of defeat and help Burnley bounce back quickly.
“It’s disappointing not to get anything from Middlesbrough under the circumstances but I think if we get three points (at Huddersfield) on Saturday that will be all right,” said the 22-year-old, who is looking to make a big impression in his second season at Turf Moor.
“Last year was a bit frustrating for me. I didn’t score last year. I used to have a habit of scoring.
“This season I’ve started reason-ably well – I’ve got the assist and got a goal now so hopefully I can produce more of the same.”
Stanislas’ last goal was for West Ham in a League Cup defeat to Aldershot – his final game for the Hammers before switching for the claret and blue of Burnley a week later.
Despite the rest at The Riverside, he was pleased to get off the mark.
“Obviously from a personal point of view it’s nice for me to get that goal. I’ve waited a long time for it,” said the wide man.
“Chris McCann had done well to put the ball back across goal, and I was just there to tap it in.
“I was in the right place at the right time and couldn’t really miss from there.
“But to lose the chance to pick up a point is disappointing for us, especially after Saturday.”
Stanislas was in the thick of things as Burnley put one over rivals Bolton and old boss Owen Coyle, crossing for Austin to score his first league goal of 2012/13.
Wanderers were unable to hit back at the weekend, but on Tuesday the Clarets met a Middlesbrough side smarting after starting the season with a 1-0 defeat at Barnsley, and looking to make amends in front of their home fans.
Burnley’s goal celebrations were cut short both times.
“Even when we scored in the first half they scored about 20 seconds later,” said Stanislas.
“They went 2-1 up and we came back into it, and then they’ve basi-cally gone and done the same thing.
He added: “We would have come away with a point and now we’ve come away with nothing.
“We’ve just got to stay positives and look forward to Saturday’s game.”