Players behind Howe - Austin

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Burnley striker Charlie Austin insists manager Eddie Howe has the full backing of his players.

Austin, who Howe signed from Swindon in January, came off the bench to net the winner in stoppage time against Coventry on Saturday. The 22-year-old's eighth goal of the season sparked jubilant scenes in the Clarets dugout, where Howe and assistant Jason Tindall were mobbed by their players.

Austin told the Burnley Express: "It went in and the celebrations for the goal at the end shows how close a team we are. We are only a small squad but we're a really tight-knit team."

He added: "On Tuesday (against Barnsley) we were below par, the manager knows that and we knew that, but here, in the second half especially, we showed what we are capable of. The goal celebrations showed that we are fully behind the manager."

Meanwhile, Howe is hoping to send Wes Fletcher out on loan for a second time.

The 20-year-old striker returned to Turf Moor earlier than expected following a spell with Lancashire neighbours Accrington, during which he scored two goals in 10 League Two appearances.

Howe told the club's official website: "Wes is back with us. Unfortunately his time with Accrington was cut short. We will wait and see what happens with Wes but there is the possibility he will go back out on loan."

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