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Sam Vokes: 'There's more to come from Burnley'
SAM Vokes believes he is building up to his best season, after helping Burnley secure their first league win.
The 6ft 2ins striker got off the mark with a first-half header which proved decisive in beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Hillsborough, enhancing the Clarets’ unbeaten start to 2013/14 after an opening day draw with Bolton.
Vokes, who joined up with the Wales squad ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland, is ready to make the step up and become a first team fixture following top scorer Charlie Austin’s sale to QPR, and hopes an early goal will help.
“It’s good for me to get off the mark. As a striker that’s what you want to do in the first few games of the season and hopefully there are more to come.
“I’ve started well this season and I feel good,” said the 23-year-old, who climbed to meet Kieran Trippier’s superb right wing cross and head across Chris Kirkland to establish a 2-0 lead after Danny Ings’ opener.
It is a partnership that has already yielded four goals in the first three league and cup games.
“It’s a good partnership with Ingsy so I can hopefully go on to more things,” said Vokes.
“Myself and Ingsy have played the last few games together and we feel good together, we're working hard.”
Of his own overall performance, and prospects of proving a worthy replacement for Austin, he added: “That’s three games in a week now so that will help towards match fitness and playing 90 minutes again will help.
“It’s a good opportunity for myself. It’s a big opportunity for Charlie there (at QPR), he’s a good mate of mine so hopefully he can go there and do well.
“But this is a chance for me to step up now.”
Vokes’ reputation blossomed early in his career – his 16 league goals across one and a half seasons with first club Bournemouth earning him a move to Wolves in 2008 and international recognition with Wales.
But after promotion to the Premier League a succession of loan spells ensued, including a three-month spell at Turf Moor in the 2011/12 campaign.
Vokes made the move permanent last summer, scoring four times in 13 starts in his first full season with Burnley.
The bulk of his 49 appearances came from the bench.
Manager Sean Dyche has made no secret of his ongoing efforts to strengthen his strikeforce.
But Vokes admits he would welcome the competition rather than fear it.
“You always need competition in the team and there was that when Charlie was here,” he said.
“I’d expect even more throughout the season.”
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