Austin's heroics are all in vain
BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe admitted he was “hugely disappointed and hugely frustrated” after the Clarets surrendered their lead three times against Sheffield Wednesday last night.
Top scorer Charlie Austin hit a hat-trick, but the striker was unable to fully celebrate his efforts as Burnley were held 3-3 at Turf Moor – their second draw in as many home games.
“We just weren't good enough defensively through the whole team,” said Howe.
“I felt we were open as soon as we kicked off. We didn’t defend well enough individually or collectively.
“We’ve got work to do.
“When we’ve scored the third goal, and there isn’t long left on the clock, we've got to make better decisions.
“The second goal was the worst though. I’ll have to see it again but I’m amazed how he (Chris O’Grady) has walked through the centre of our defence unopposed.
“We’ve got to make sure we go away and work on that. It’s hugely disappointing and frustrating.”
But there were positives for Howe.
“There were periods in the first half I thought we played as well as we have done this season,” he said.
“The first goal was fantastic – a really good move.
“But then we’ve conceded straight away.”
Of Austin, who took his tally for the season to 14 from just 11 games, Howe added: “He looks so confident in front of goal.
“The third goal was the pick.
“He’s certainly doing the business.
“But it’s a shame he can't celebrate his hat-trick because it hasn't won the game.”