Vokes providing selection headache for Clarets

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

MANAGER Sean Dyche believes competition within the Burnley squad is fierce, with Sam Vokes the latest player to be offering him a sele-ction headache.

The striker came off the bench to combine with fellow substitute Junior Stanislas and score his first goal of the season to equalise against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Although the Clarets went on to concede a late goal against the Championship strugglers, Clarets boss Dyche admits he has been impressed with the level of performance the targetman has given from the bench.

And he feels Vokes, and others, are knocking on the door of the starting 11 for this weekend’s visit of Charlton Athletic.

“He’s putting himself in your thinking, and rightly so,” said Dyche of Vokes.

“The more people you can get on the teamsheet that can score a goal the better and the pleasing thing on Saturday was when you’ve got players who can come off the bench and they’re ready, you can see the way the lads who came on went about it.

“They wanted to perform, they were hungry to perform.

“That’s a good weapon to have.

“Against Wolves Sam whistled one past the post, and then he nicked one on Saturday.

“It’s a steward’s enquiry, but I’m happy for a centre forward to take it – as an ex centre half I would not be claiming that.”

And Dyche believes getting off the mark will give Vokes the confidence to push on and get more this season.

“We’ve done some work with Sam and had a good chat with him about what we think he can do,” said the Burnley boss.

“He’s been nomadic a little bit, more through the loan system, until he’s found a home here, and I made it clear to him that this is his home and we want to bring the best out of him.”

Dyche will be forced into one change for the visit of Charlton, with winger Ross Wallace serving a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

But the Burnley boss believes this is an ideal opening for whoever is selected.

“I always look at these things as opportunities, an opportunity for someone to come in and perform,” said the 41-year-old, who is hopeful of having Ben Mee available after the defender missed the trip to Portman Road with a foot injury.

However, Dyche was full of praise for Danny Lafferty’s performance at left-back, in what was the Northern Ireland international’s first start of the season.

“He did nicely I thought,” Dyche added. “It was a tough ask coming in when he hasn’t played that many games here.

“We monitor players in training, he’s done well in training and looked sharp and I thought he delivered a good performance, especially after a late decision on Ben because we give players every chance to be fit, particularly with knocks – they’re either in or they’re out with muscle strains.”

“We’re hopeful now (for Mee) because it was a knock. He was close-ish but not close enough to play.”

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12:16pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Kermit The Frog says...

Ben Mee is a massive player for us and has been excellent at left back this season, hope he is fit.

It sounds like Dyche is going to use the Wallace suspension to revert to 4-4-2 with Vokes partnering Austin up top?

Think I would prefer Stanislas coming in and Burnley sticking with the 4-2-3-1 formation, although Vokes has played well in his cameos recently.
Ben Mee is a massive player for us and has been excellent at left back this season, hope he is fit. It sounds like Dyche is going to use the Wallace suspension to revert to 4-4-2 with Vokes partnering Austin up top? Think I would prefer Stanislas coming in and Burnley sticking with the 4-2-3-1 formation, although Vokes has played well in his cameos recently. Kermit The Frog
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1:28am Fri 16 Nov 12

Pommie Art says...

BUSINESS leaders have responded angrily to a national news television report portraying Scurnley as ‘a town that has been dragging the economy down’.

A Sky News report filmed in the town and broadcast yesterday to coincide with the announcement of November’s jobless figures has been called ‘unduly negative’ and ‘a gross misrepresentation of the situation in the town’.

That's Just about right for a Sh1t Hole of a place, Always look on the Bright Side of Life.
BUSINESS leaders have responded angrily to a national news television report portraying Scurnley as ‘a town that has been dragging the economy down’. A Sky News report filmed in the town and broadcast yesterday to coincide with the announcement of November’s jobless figures has been called ‘unduly negative’ and ‘a gross misrepresentation of the situation in the town’. That's Just about right for a Sh1t Hole of a place, Always look on the Bright Side of Life. Pommie Art
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9:49am Fri 16 Nov 12

Kermit The Frog says...

Pommie Art wrote:
BUSINESS leaders have responded angrily to a national news television report portraying Scurnley as ‘a town that has been dragging the economy down’.

A Sky News report filmed in the town and broadcast yesterday to coincide with the announcement of November’s jobless figures has been called ‘unduly negative’ and ‘a gross misrepresentation of the situation in the town’.

That's Just about right for a Sh1t Hole of a place, Always look on the Bright Side of Life.
Have you ever been to Blackburn you inbred gypsy gimp?

See you in a couple of weeks or will you be 'protesting' you sister-fondling fag-boy?
[quote][p][bold]Pommie Art[/bold] wrote: BUSINESS leaders have responded angrily to a national news television report portraying Scurnley as ‘a town that has been dragging the economy down’. A Sky News report filmed in the town and broadcast yesterday to coincide with the announcement of November’s jobless figures has been called ‘unduly negative’ and ‘a gross misrepresentation of the situation in the town’. That's Just about right for a Sh1t Hole of a place, Always look on the Bright Side of Life.[/p][/quote]Have you ever been to Blackburn you inbred gypsy gimp? See you in a couple of weeks or will you be 'protesting' you sister-fondling fag-boy? Kermit The Frog
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10:03pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Pommie Art says...

Kermit The Frog says..

Oh Dear me what a sad Muppet you are: How is life in Burnley these days i can only imagine the only places you know of is the Dole Offices when your signing on for free handouts so you can buy your regular supply of drugs.
Kermit The Frog says.. Oh Dear me what a sad Muppet you are: How is life in Burnley these days i can only imagine the only places you know of is the Dole Offices when your signing on for free handouts so you can buy your regular supply of drugs. Pommie Art
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