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Vokes Out To Outshine Charlie

23 October 2013

Sam Vokes insists Burnley’s top of the table clash with QPR is just another game, despite welcoming back former team mate Charlie Austin.

Austin is set to return to Turf Moor this Saturday for the first time since his move to Loftus Road in the summer; a departure that gave Vokes the chance to shine.

And the eight-goal Clarets striker admits there is no extra focus on the opposition, despite the hype surrounding the meeting of the division’s top two teams.

He said: “On the outside for the fans this game is the big one, but for us we prepare normally like we have for all the games - and hopefully we can get the same result as recent weeks!”

Vokes, along with strike partner Danny Ings, have grabbed 19 goals between them this season to ignite the Clarets campaign and fire them to the Championship summit. 

And the Welsh international hopes that two heads will prove better than one as the Burnley duo look to outgun their former team mate.

Vokes added: “Since Charlie left I’ve been playing games on a regular basis.

“With that comes the fitness level, as well as the confidence in front of goal and that seems to be paying off at the moment.

“Playing games means I’m a lot fitter and that’s helped me progress, as well as the fact that I’m now playing with Danny and I’ve formed a really good partnership with him.

“Obviously for me, as a striker, you want to always score goals and that’s happening for me at the moment.

“If I keep working hard I know I’ll keep scoring and I hope I can get a few at the weekend.”

He added: “It will be good to see him (Charlie), but the boys know what he’s all about and how he plays, so we know he’s dangerous and we have to make sure we keep him quiet on the day.”

Burnley head into Saturday’s game with a two point advantage over the Londoners after a remarkable sequence of results that has seen Sean Dyche’s side win their last six league games.

That has equated to their best league start to a season for 116 years and taken many by surprise - including Vokes!

He said: “It has been a fantastic run. I looked at the table after Saturday and that’s when it really clicked, but all we want to do is now is keep this run going, so we can’t get carried away.”
Story by Thomas Kenworthy

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