Austin: I'm in form of my life

September 17, 2012

Burnley striker Charlie Austin feels he is hitting the best form of his career after firing seven goals in as many games this season.

The 23-year-old netted a hat trick in last weekend's 5-2 win over Peterborough United at Turf Moor, which moved them out of the relegation places.

Posh defender Michael Bostwick got the final touch to Austin's first strike, but in the absence of a dubious goals panel, both teams were happy to credit the Clarets hitman with the goal.

Austin told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I worked hard over the summer and through pre-season. I still am and I feel fitter too.

"If I get the chances I back myself to score be it a header or on the floor, anything.

"If the lads create the chances, as a striker you thrive off chances and I like to say anything that comes into the box I'd give myself half a chance to score.

"I'm really pleased (with seven goals this season).

"When you're in form with goals you get more chances and at the moment I'm putting them away."

Austin hopes the win over Peterborough will lift the Burnley fans' spirits after they watched their side lose three Championship games on the trot.

"You've just got to look at Reading and where they were (at this stage) last season," he said.

"They are the best example, and we came back and put a performance in."