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Flynn confident Burnley can seal promotion despite Vokes’ injury woe

Lancashire Telegraph: Vokes ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Clarets’ 2-0 home loss to Leicester City Vokes ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Clarets’ 2-0 home loss to Leicester City

BRIAN Flynn insists Burnley remain ‘certainties’ to claim automatic promotion – despite losing Sam Vokes to a serious knee injury.

Vokes ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Clarets’ 2-0 home loss to Leicester City on Saturday and will be out of action for several months after going under the knife yesterday.

Former Burnley star Flynn has great sympathy for a player he has previously worked with in the Wales set-up but believes the injury has come too late in the season to affect the Clarets’ promotion chances.

Second-placed Burnley are nine points ahead of third-placed QPR with only seven games left to play, and also have a much better goal difference than the West London side.

“If the injury to Sam had happened with 17 games to go rather than seven games to go there might have been more concern,” Flynn said.

“But I think they’re promoted, they’re certainties to go up now.”

Vokes’ injury has left Burnley with Ashley Barnes as their only fit striker, although Danny Ings is nearing a return from an ankle problem but is unlikely to feature at Watford on Saturday.

Vokes had netted 22 goals for club and country this season and Flynn knows the 24-year-old well enough to be sure that he will approach his recovery with great determination and continue to improve as a player when he returns.

“I first saw Sam when he was 17 down at Bournemouth and I thought then that he had a real chance in the game to be a top player,” said Flynn, who coached Vokes during his time as manager of the Wales under 21 team.

“This has been the best season of his career so far. He has really developed as player, he’s scored a lot of goals, and I’ve been delighted for him.

“He’s got that knack of finding space in the box. He has always had that.

“I just hope now that he can come back soon. He’s strong mentally and that will help him.

“There’s more to come from Sam, I have no doubt about that. He will come back stronger from this and he will keep getting better.”
Vokes’ combination with Ings up front delivered 46 goals for the Clarets this season.

“Sam’s partnership with Danny Ings has been a big part of their success, although I know it has been a team thing,” Flynn added.

“They’re really good at both ends of the pitch.

“Still living locally and seeing some of the games I’ve been really pleased to see how well Burnley have done this season.

“The job Sean Dyche and his staff has done has been fantastic.”

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2:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

Brian Flynn a true Claret to the end
Brian Flynn a true Claret to the end Burnley59/60
  • Score: 13

4:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

no ney never says...

Your right there 59/60 . Another Welsh wizard who worked wonders when with Burnley.co.uk.
☆VDT ☆
Your right there 59/60 . Another Welsh wizard who worked wonders when with Burnley.co.uk. ☆VDT ☆ no ney never
  • Score: 4

7:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

waggyonthewing says...

Well done Burnley.you have had a great season but dont you think it is time to show some respect and admit that for the last few decades your neighbours have been far superior in every department and you can only dream about the things they have achieved.What happened at Rovers with the great Jack Walker will never happen again.It was a one off never to be repeated,you bleat on about how we bought this and how we bought that when really what you should be saying is wow that was amazing,a man who loved his town and team put his money where his mouth was and made dreams come true,Respect Respect Respect.
Well done Burnley.you have had a great season but dont you think it is time to show some respect and admit that for the last few decades your neighbours have been far superior in every department and you can only dream about the things they have achieved.What happened at Rovers with the great Jack Walker will never happen again.It was a one off never to be repeated,you bleat on about how we bought this and how we bought that when really what you should be saying is wow that was amazing,a man who loved his town and team put his money where his mouth was and made dreams come true,Respect Respect Respect. waggyonthewing
  • Score: -9

10:38pm Thu 3 Apr 14

no ney never says...

'A one off' - like no bloke with a few quid has ever changed the fortunes of his local club with his wallet before! For all the money spent you only won 2 trophies, a poor return especially when taking into account you only had man u for competition back then. Abramovic has only spent half of today's equivalent of what walker did back then and won all sorts.
You're where you are because you had money but don't know what you're doing. We're the opposite, know what we're doing but have no money.
Now there is no money to cover the fact you don't know what you are doing, its left you exposed.
☆VDT ☆
'A one off' - like no bloke with a few quid has ever changed the fortunes of his local club with his wallet before! For all the money spent you only won 2 trophies, a poor return especially when taking into account you only had man u for competition back then. Abramovic has only spent half of today's equivalent of what walker did back then and won all sorts. You're where you are because you had money but don't know what you're doing. We're the opposite, know what we're doing but have no money. Now there is no money to cover the fact you don't know what you are doing, its left you exposed. ☆VDT ☆ no ney never
  • Score: 5

11:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bigbezzer says...

Respect to a tax dodger , not a chance
Respect to a tax dodger , not a chance bigbezzer
  • Score: 1

11:54pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bigbezzer says...

Respect to a tax dodger ,no chance
Respect to a tax dodger ,no chance bigbezzer
  • Score: 0

12:08am Fri 4 Apr 14

waggyonthewing says...

still no respect,i dont think the authorities should allow you promotion whilst you continue to disrespect your neighbours,you should be thanking us for putting you on the map.east lancs was never talked of before we started our triumphant path.
still no respect,i dont think the authorities should allow you promotion whilst you continue to disrespect your neighbours,you should be thanking us for putting you on the map.east lancs was never talked of before we started our triumphant path. waggyonthewing
  • Score: -2

1:39am Fri 4 Apr 14

u owe u owe says...

No one has said you bought it, Jack paid for it, his own little Folly. He bought your stands and your team, you lot went along for the ride. Ordinance survey put Burnley on the map, coal and cotton got East Lancashire noticed, along with East Lancashire 'Pals' companies of WW1.
No one has said you bought it, Jack paid for it, his own little Folly. He bought your stands and your team, you lot went along for the ride. Ordinance survey put Burnley on the map, coal and cotton got East Lancashire noticed, along with East Lancashire 'Pals' companies of WW1. u owe u owe
  • Score: 2

9:53am Fri 4 Apr 14

LonglivetheVenkys says...

waggyonthewing wrote:
Well done Burnley.you have had a great season but dont you think it is time to show some respect and admit that for the last few decades your neighbours have been far superior in every department and you can only dream about the things they have achieved.What happened at Rovers with the great Jack Walker will never happen again.It was a one off never to be repeated,you bleat on about how we bought this and how we bought that when really what you should be saying is wow that was amazing,a man who loved his town and team put his money where his mouth was and made dreams come true,Respect Respect Respect.
"Long live the Venkys"

The rest, as they say, is history.
[quote][p][bold]waggyonthewing[/bold] wrote: Well done Burnley.you have had a great season but dont you think it is time to show some respect and admit that for the last few decades your neighbours have been far superior in every department and you can only dream about the things they have achieved.What happened at Rovers with the great Jack Walker will never happen again.It was a one off never to be repeated,you bleat on about how we bought this and how we bought that when really what you should be saying is wow that was amazing,a man who loved his town and team put his money where his mouth was and made dreams come true,Respect Respect Respect.[/p][/quote]"Long live the Venkys" The rest, as they say, is history. LonglivetheVenkys
  • Score: 3

10:56am Fri 4 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

waggyonthewing wrote:
Well done Burnley.you have had a great season but dont you think it is time to show some respect and admit that for the last few decades your neighbours have been far superior in every department and you can only dream about the things they have achieved.What happened at Rovers with the great Jack Walker will never happen again.It was a one off never to be repeated,you bleat on about how we bought this and how we bought that when really what you should be saying is wow that was amazing,a man who loved his town and team put his money where his mouth was and made dreams come true,Respect Respect Respect.
Respected Bill Fox far more, Wagonthewing. And so should you.

Having money and giving it away is not big and its not clever. I understand why you'd want it as a club. Before that event, you had to get by as all the town clubs in Lancashire did. In the time of the maximum wage, you failed to win the title between 1915 and 1995, that's 80 years. 80 years. For the record Burnley won the title twice in that time and spent more time in the top flight than you did. No can injection to mutate the matter. Just straight out good management.

I've utter respect for the FA Cup wins and Titles you won up to 1914. Much more impressive than 1995.
[quote][p][bold]waggyonthewing[/bold] wrote: Well done Burnley.you have had a great season but dont you think it is time to show some respect and admit that for the last few decades your neighbours have been far superior in every department and you can only dream about the things they have achieved.What happened at Rovers with the great Jack Walker will never happen again.It was a one off never to be repeated,you bleat on about how we bought this and how we bought that when really what you should be saying is wow that was amazing,a man who loved his town and team put his money where his mouth was and made dreams come true,Respect Respect Respect.[/p][/quote]Respected Bill Fox far more, Wagonthewing. And so should you. Having money and giving it away is not big and its not clever. I understand why you'd want it as a club. Before that event, you had to get by as all the town clubs in Lancashire did. In the time of the maximum wage, you failed to win the title between 1915 and 1995, that's 80 years. 80 years. For the record Burnley won the title twice in that time and spent more time in the top flight than you did. No can injection to mutate the matter. Just straight out good management. I've utter respect for the FA Cup wins and Titles you won up to 1914. Much more impressive than 1995. RobH2O
  • Score: 1

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