Seven-up for Danny Ings after Blues brace

Seven-up!: Ings celebrates his second goal against Birmingham on Saturday

Seven-up!: Ings celebrates his second goal against Birmingham on Saturday

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Danny Ings took his tally to seven goals in nine games with a brace on Tuesday night - his first for the club.

And while Sean Dyche is eager not to focus too much attention on the 21-year-old, he admits he is flourishing with a new-found responsibility after the sale of Charlie Austin.

Ings, like Austin and Jay Rodriguez before him, is filling some big boots, as he begins to fulfil his vast potential.

Dyche said: “He’s doing okay. He’s learning, he’s willing to learn and willing to work as you saw on Tuesday night.

“Voksey’s been terrific again doing the ugly stuff and being a good foil for him.

“The manner of tactics now is yardage. People were saying last year we weren’t playing a 4-4-2 but we were, it’s just that Ingsy is brighter and sharper and he’s finding pockets in behind the defence as well as in front of them, and that’s what we spoke about.

“That’s the big work we’ve done with him since we’ve been here, and his acceptance of that work and the enjoyment he’s found within it is quite obvious I think.”

Asked how far Ings can go, he added: “He’s young and he’s learning.

“He’s got a real desire to learn and improve and that’s being shown and long may that continue, but he’s a young man still and he’s earning his spurs so to speak.

“He’s in a real nice rich vein of form and he’s enjoying his football.

“I made it clear to him and all the group, one thing about what we do, we enjoy it.

“He puts a lot of pressure on himself.

“He was doing, but he’s releasing that pressure and he’s playing with a smile, as Brian Clough used to call it when I was there.”

Ben Mee came off sick on Tuesday night: “He was vomiting at half-time so we got him off. Hopefully it’s not a bug.”