SEAN Dyche hailed in-form strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes following the stunning 3-0 win at Derby.
Ings took his tally to five for the season with a classy solo effort to open the scoring against County, before Vokes netted his third of the campaign to put the Clarets two up before the break.
And the Clarets boss was full of praise for his twin strikers, who continue to fill the void left by the summer departure of Charlie Austin.
Dyche said: We know Danny has good, fast feet and he’s a confident player at the moment. We have given him guidance, but it’s all about the player taking control of themselves and how they go about it.
“He has been nothing short of terrific since the first day of pre-season, but I must also mention Sam, who was absolutely awesome today.
“If he keeps finding that belief in himself - because that’s the only thing I’ve found in him, I think he is an absolute top class player at this level and could go on to do even better.
“He is coming out if himself and believing in himself more. He and Danny are fit and lean and I am enjoying their performance’s, but they are backed up by a team that is working very hard for each other and putting in performances as a unit.”
Ings magnificent opener laid the foundations for Burnley to make it seven wins in their last nine meetings with the Rams, which were built upon by Vokes’ deflected second just after the half hour.
And after Tom Heaton saved a second half penalty – controversially awarded following a clean tackle on Chris Martin by Jason Shackell, the former Rams skipper put the icing on the cake with the thirds in the closing stages.
Dyche added: “A lot is made of runs against other teams and I’m not a big believer in that.
“But this wasn’t about the past, it was about the way we went about our business and we did that in the correct fashion.
“This is a tough place to come last year Derby had the third best home record in the division.
“I know Nigel likes to get his team playing and we had to deal with that and I thought we did it extremely well and some of our goals were excellent.
“If I was greedy we could have nicked another one, but I must mention the officials today were, shall I say, interesting!
“In the last two weeks I have seen two unreal decisions, the like of which I have never seen in my career, which is a long one.
“I have to be careful what I say, but it was an incredible moment which could have changed the feel of the game.
“Having said that, after all the disappointment it was a fine save from Tom Heaton and to come here, scored three goals and keep a clean sheet is fantastic.”
Dyche will now turn his attention to Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline, with the hunt for additions set to continue to the wire.
He explained: “Work has been going on a long time, but if you haven’t got the finance you have to keep nibbling away at things and we have been doing that.
“If we had finance to make things happen we would, but I haven’t got the ability to do that.
“So we have to keep working as hard at different ways of structuring deals to try and get them over the line for our football club.
“We have had four or five we thought were on the cusp and for whatever reason they have just got away from us. That’s the reality of the club at the moment, but I don’t use that as an excuse.
“We have some really good players here and we do need support at some point but we are still delivering performances in the right fashion.
“I believe in the group, but we will keep the channels of communication open and hopefully get something over the line.”