SAM Vokes was delighted he took the chance to impress Sean Dyche on Saturday as he looks to force his way back into the starting line-up.

The Wales international has seen Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood strike up a fine partnership in attack in recent weeks, but it was Vokes who stole the headlines at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

With Barnes and Wood seeing their scoring runs come to an end, Dyche summoned Vokes with 20 minutes to go and saw the striker make an immediate impact, levelling the scores with his first touch just 24 seconds after making his entrance.

It was the 28-year-old's fourth goal of the season for Burnley and while Vokes said it's been frustrating to be out of the side in recent weeks, he admits he can have no complaints given the form of those in front of him.

"You want to be playing but the team is flying. The boys up front have been scoring goals as well so there are no complaints from me," said Vokes, who has started just three Premier League games since September 10.

"There is frustration because you want to be on the pitch but when you get the chance it's all about taking it.

"When you're on the bench, however long you get out on the pitch, it's all about affecting the game. It was nice to do that and get the goal."

Burnley's winning run looked to be coming to an end at Watford after Roberto Pereyra had fired the Hornets ahead.

But Vokes' entrance turned the game on its head, with Jack Cork scoring the winner just three minutes later to make it four wins in a row.

Burnley won a free-kick near the halfway line while Vokes was being readied to come on, and he revealed he had told Dyche to get him on before it was taken.

"It was nice to get on the end of the cross soon after getting on. After being 1-0 down it's great to turn that deficit in to a win and continue that run that we're on at the minute," he said.

"As soon as we got the free kick I said 'get me on'. At the time the tide was turning and it was good to get that goal and it was even better to get that win in the end."

Vokes came off the bench to score the winner at Southampton in November and he made another impact as a substitute on Saturday.

He added: "When you're on the bench you're looking on to see how you can affect the game and as a striker you want to get on the scoresheet so it was nice to get that."

Having gone 11 Premier League games without success the Clarets are now back in their stride thanks to a run of four successive top flight wins for the first time in half a century.

That has taken them to 49 points and they now have a six-point lead over Leicester in eighth ahead of the meeting between the two sides at Turf Moor on Saturday.

"It gives us that freedom to take it on until the end of the season now," Vokes said of the winning run.

"We've got six games to do that and for us, in that seventh position, it's been brilliant so far. We're hoping to keep this run going."