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Vokes praised as Clarets move closer to promotion
SEAN Dyche has told striker Sam Vokes to ‘keep going’ after hitting the magical 20-goal milestone, while the Burnley boss feels Ashley Barnes can grow from his first.
Barnes set the Clarets on their way to a 3-0 win over Charlton with a powerful header, with Vokes following up from the spot after earning the penalty early in the second half.
His landmark goal meant that, with Danny Ings on 25, Burnley have two 20-goal striker for the first time since Willie Irvine and Andy Lochhead in 1965/66.
“It’s a nice marker,” Dyche said, but he added: “I still feel there’s more to come from him and to be fair to him he;s grown within it.
“I’ve never understood numbers and limits. I told him to keep an open mind and he showed it again with a nice calm finish, and good play actually to get the penalty.”
Of the prospect of Barnes taking confidence from his first, Dyche said: “That’s down to him but his work ethic was tremendous again, some of his hold-up play was very good on a really tough surface, and in the right place at the right time.
“I’m delighted for Ash, he’s worked ever so hard again he’s developing into the group because he’s new to it and we have certain ways of working that he’s adapting to.
“To be honest I’m disappointed for him and for the team that he didn’t get a second.”
Barnes was denied a second header soon after breaking the deadlock on what Dyche described as “definitely the worst football pitch I’ve seen in many years”, adding: “I’ve played on some horrors in my time but I've never witnessed anything like that at this level.
“I thought overall they delivered a performance that it needed on that pitch,” Dyche added.
“Once we got a foothold in the game and started to adapt to the game and the circumstances, particularly the pitch, I thought we looked good value as the game built and we started playing some productive football, and obviously scored goals.”
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