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Burnley striker Vokes wants to repay Dyche’s faith
SAM Vokes wants to continue repaying Sean Dyche’s faith by helping Burnley extend their winning run – knowing another victory tomorrow will put the Clarets top of the Championship table.
Vokes netted twice as Burnley claimed their fourth straight win on Saturday, defeating Charlton 3-0 at Turf Moor to stay second in the table.
Leaders QPR are not in action in midweek, with scheduled opponents Wigan in the Europa League, so three points at Doncaster tomorrow night would put Dyche’s side top of the table.
Vokes now has six goals for the season and has formed an impressive strike partnership with Danny Ings, who was on target again on Saturday to reach 10 goals before the end of September.
The Welshman admits he endured a season of substitute misery last term, with 33 of his 46 league appearances coming from the bench.
But after a summer heart to heart with Dyche, Vokes has been given a chance to establish himself in the starting line-up and has taken it with both hands.
“Not playing last year and being involved off the bench was hard, because you want to be playing each week,” he said.
“But this year for the manager to put trust in me, to be starting and playing a lot of games, it’s a big thing for my confidence.
“I had a meeting with him early in the summer and we just talked about things I needed to work on. I knew myself that I could play, get in the team and work hard.
“It’s important to keep the run going when you get in the team and score goals. I feel a lot more settled.
“We’re on a high now and when you’re on a high you want the games to come thick and fast.
“I don’t think it’s too early to look at the table but you can’t think about it too much.
“Going to Doncaster on Tuesday will be a tough one, so we need to keep it going.”
Dyche has been delighted with the form Vokes has shown since their summer summit.
“When I had a chat with him he made it clear that he wanted to find a home,” said the boss.
“He’d been out on loan a lot and always felt ‘nearly’. I said there’s no reason to stop you from being ‘not nearly.’ “He’s now playing in a manner where he truly believes in what he can achieve. He’s been fantastic for us.”
The manager has earned many plaudits for Burnley’s start to the season and has even been mentioned in reports in the north east as an outsider for the vacancy at Sunderland.
Vokes says Dyche has given the whole team confidence to play attacking football, while managing to also build a solid defence.
Asked whether the Clarets currently had the best manager in the Championship, he said: “If I say yes I’ll get picked next week!
“The manager puts that confidence in you to go out and play.
“It’s always a good thing when you step out on the pitch and you’ve got that confidence from the gaffer, so I think it’s paying off.
“We look strong, especially at home. We’re making ourselves hard to beat and almost making it a fortress. That’s what we want. It’s tough for teams to come here.”
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