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We're not talking about promotion, says Burnley star Vokes
THE strapline for Burnley’s promotion season was “Dare to Dream” but Sam Vokes says there will be no talk of the top flight for Sean Dyche’s class of 2013/14.
The Clarets return to league action at Ipswich Town this afternoon, after going into the international break top of the Championship.
It is a position they will look to maintain ahead of next weekend’s visit of second placed Queens Park Rangers.
But Vokes has revealed Dyche is not allowing Burnley to get ahead of themselves.
“Getting to the Premier League has not been mentioned around the training ground,” said the striker.
“The manager hasn’t let it be said. It is still early doors in the season but we have put ourselves in the best position possible.
“The lads were confident pre-season that we had the squad to do it. It was just putting it in place.”
But Vokes says the Clarets knows they must not let their standards slip and are mindful that the league can change quickly.
“Last year we could have got relegated with two games to go it was that close but in the end we nearly finished in the play-offs,” he continued.
“It is one of those leagues, the Championship, that it will be very close.
“But we’ve started very strongly and got ourselves in a great position.
“If we can keep that up for most of season it would be great.”
It was with relief all round at Turf Moor that Vokes reported back fit from international duty with Wales given the shortage of striking options, after missing the first of their two World Cup qualifying games with an ankle problem.
Danny Ings too had to sit out England Under 21s’ second game against Lithuania on Tuesday with a similar problem, after making his debut away to San Marino the previous Thursday, but has also recovered in time for today’s trip to Portman Road.
The top scorer will be looking to add to his 11-goal haul so far, with Vokes not far behind on eight.
Both were on the scoresheet in the 2-1 home win over Reading in the Clarets’ last game.
And Vokes praised boss Dyche’s influence for what he has described as his best season.
“He had a chat with me before the start of the season,” said the 23-year-old, who scored his first goal for Burnley in a 4-0 home win over Ipswich during a loan spell in 2011.
“Charlie (Austin) left in the summer and it was a chance for me to step into the No 9 role and do that job for him.
“I am confident in myself on the pitch at the moment.
“Things are going well.
“This has been my best season. I feel confident going on to the pitch as the gaffer put that confidence into me.
“I don’t know what’s been the secret, but I’ve been playing every week and got the fitness levels back up to what I want.
“As a striker scoring goals is always a good thing.”
Dyche has adopted the nickname “Ginger Mourinho” this season for steering Burnley into top spot.
“I won’t comment on that, I want to play when I go back!” smiled Vokes while in the Wales camp.
“But he has been fantastic.”
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