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Ings Salutes Big Sam

21 September 2013

Striker Danny hails Welshman's contribution

DANNY Ings has saluted striker partner Sam Vokes as the deadly Burnley duo look to put Leeds to the sword this weekend.

The Clarets strikers have shared 10 goals already this season, with Ings on target seven times in nine games.

And Ings is backing the little and large combination to strike again at Elland Road in Saturday’s big Roses clash.

He said: “I can’t speak highly enough of Sam. He is fantastic to play with and we are a good partnership.

“He is absolutely massive to start with and he bullies defenders. But he’s good with his feet also, as he showed the other night when he put me through for the goal.

“Sometimes targetmen don’t get highlighted enough, but Sam is getting the goals now to match his overall play and he is definitely putting himself out there.

“It’s perhaps a little bit harder for the two of us as we don’t have the strength in depth as other areas, but at the same time if we can keep Sam and I fit, who knows where that can take us.”

He added: “There is a good feel around the club. You can look into the detail and how clubs have more money to spend and bigger squads. 

“But for me it’s not about that, as we are showing at the moment on the pitch by getting results.

“It’s about us and what we feel we can achieve and I think we have enough quality in this squad to compete with anyone in this league.

“Saturday is another massive game, because Leeds is definitely up there as one of the toughest places to go.

“But in the form we are in, we have no fear going there to give a good performance and I am sure we can win.”

Ings admits he is still smarting at not competing a first senior hat-trick in the midweek mauling of Birmingham City at Turf Moor, when he scored two and had several chances to complete the treble.

But the good news for Clarets fans is that Ings believes they are yet to see the best of him, following two injury-ravages seasons.

He added: “Tuesday was up there as probably the best night here for me and at the end I was disappointed, to be honest.

“I thought that was my chance to get a first career hat-trick, but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s not been a bad start though. I’ve carried on the form from pre-season and things are going really well and I think there is a lot more to give. 

“This is my first season playing as a proper striker and I am sure I can give more.”

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