Burnley not a one-man team

Sean Dyche has refuted claims his out-of-sorts Burnley side are over-reliant on leading marksman Charlie Austin.

Last Updated: 02/03/13 at 12:04 Post Comment

Sean Dyche: Burnley not over-reliant on Charlie Austin

Sean Dyche: Burnley not over-reliant on Charlie Austin

The striker has scored 21 times in the league this season to become one of the Championship's most potent forwards, yet his Clarets team-mates have struggled to find the net with such frequency.

No other player has come close to double figures with Martin Paterson second in the scoring charts with five, and with Austin finding the net just once in 2013, Burnley have slumped to a six-game winless run which suggests they are heavily dependent on the ex-Swindon forward.

However, Dyche does not believe that is the case and highlighted the Clarets' three successive league wins in January, when Austin was sidelined with a hamstring strain, to back up his claim.

He said: "That's the challenge of the players, to score goals and be clinical.

"Everybody knows you can't rely on one player. When I got here I was being asked questions about Charlie all the time.

"Strangely, when he came back in, we haven't had a good run. That's the madness of it.

"But it's not a one-man team for sure and we've proved that already."

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