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Leeds win shows we mean business, says Vokes
SAM Vokes says Burnley’s away win over Leeds United has sent a statement to the Championship that the Clarets mean business.
After Scott Arfield grabbed his second in two games striker Vokes scored the decisive goal as Burnley climbed into second spot thanks to a return of seven points from a possible nine in a week.
It was the first time the former Leeds loanee had scored at Elland Road, and the first time the Clarets had recorded a win there since 2004.
Four goals from eight league games represents Vokes’ best start to the season, while Burnley built on their best opening for over a decade after holding firm when substitute Matt Smith pulled a goal back.
“It’s a fantastic win for us. It’s almost a statement I think for everyone else to show what we’re about this season,” said Vokes.
“It’s always a tough place to come. After going 2-0 up in the first half it was tough in the second half, we knew they were going to lump the ball in and the crowd were going to get behind them but we stayed strong.
“When you come to these sorts of places you know you’ve got to get in their faces early on and we did that and it paid off with the two goals we got in the first half. It’s a good benchmark for us.
“These are the kind of grounds in this league that you want to go to and play well.”
But Vokes insisted, while the Clarets welcome their good start to the season, no-one was getting carried away by their lofty position in the league.
“It’s early days yet. You just look to go into every game with a positive mindset and try to push on as much as we can.
“We need to get keep on this roll as we are and keep going,” he said.
“But you’ve got to enjoy it. It gives you that positive mindset to go into every game knowing we’re up that end and we want to stay up there.”
Vokes’ 11-goal partnership with striker Danny Ings has been a big factor in Burnley’s early season success.
“It’s started off well for us. During pre-season we didn’t play a great deal together because Charlie was still here, but we seem to have formed a partnership. I’ve known him for a lot of years now so it’s obviously paying off,” said the 23-year-old.
“I’m loving it. I feel like I’ve got a good partnership up there with Ingsy. We understand each other’s play.
“For Ingsy as well it’s been a great start for him to get some goals on the board. The two of us are just looking forward to every game.”
Of his personal form, Vokes added: “I’ve had some good times but it’s a good little run I’m on at the moment and I feel positive going into every game, and that can only be a good thing.”
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