Vokes eager to play his part in the final stretch

Burnley striker Sam Vokes is determined to finish the season on a high after missing out on the final push for promotion two terms ago.

Friday, 8th April 2016, 7:09 am
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The 26-year-old missed the final seven fixtures of the 2013/14 Championship term when rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during defeat to Leicester City at Turf Moor.

Now the Welshman, who netted 21 goals that term alongside Danny Ings, is eager to experience that euphoria on the pitch by firing the Clarets to the Premier League.

“The injury I picked up two years ago was around the same time of the season so with six games to go I want to achieve that and have a good crack at the Premier League,” he said.

“We all know how much of a good feeling that is. That’s where we want to be and that’s what we’ll fight for.”

Vokes and leading scorer Andre Gray have 37 goals between them so far and they’ve certainly played their part in the club’s 17-game unbeaten run.

The stalemate with Cardiff City on home soil midweek saw Burnley embark on their best run in 34 years but Vokes, who was denied late on by goalkeeper David Marshall, sensed they should’ve picked up more from the game.

After Sean Dyche’s side had their lead cut at the top of the division by both Middlesbrough and Brighton, Vokes said: “It’s a good run we’re on but we know in the last couple of home games especially we probably needed to turn the draws in to victories at this stage of the season. But they’ve been two tough opponents.

“Cardiff are fighting for everything so they sat in a bit and made it hard for us today but it’s another point on the road to where we want to be. We’ll go again on Saturday.

“There was frustration around the ground tonight but that just shows you how far we’ve come. We’re top of the table and we’ve got nothing to fear, we’ve got a big game against Leeds on Saturday and a good chance to pick up three points.

“You can understand the frustration but it’s for the players to handle that. When we’re out there we’ve got to put on a performance that warrants the victory. It’s important that we stay focussed.”