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Dyche: Sam Is On A Different Level

11 February 2014

Sean Dyche told Bolton matchwinner Sam Vokes there are no limits to what he can achieve this season.

Clarets striker Vokes is already enjoying a career-best season – and took his tally to 16 for the season with the second half strike that earned the Clarets their first win at Bolton since 1985.

And boss Dyche hailed his Welsh wonder after he sealed an eighth away win of the season with a simple tap-in from Scott Arfield’s delivery.

Dyche said: “We looked very solid defensively and the two centre halves were excellent again, but I thought Sam was just on a different level tonight. 

“I felt we were absolutely outstanding. We have made a pact with the group about being relentless and limitless. 

“They are two words we use a lot and you should never limit yourself. I said to Sam that it annoys me when strikers put a figure on something. 

“Why do that? Just go and enjoy your football and go and see what you can get out of it And Sam is certainly doing that!”

Dyche felt his side earned the victory, which opened up a three point gap over third-placed Queens Park Rangers.

Arfield had an early chance to open the scoring in a game of few chances, while Tom Heaton was largely protected by a resilient defence that registered a 12th clean sheet in the league.

He added: “In the first half it was a more balanced affair, but in the second, apart from the last seven or eight minutes, when the long stuff starts coming in as you chase the game, I felt we deserved it.

“That’s another mini-marker in history tonight because there was a lot of noise about us not having won at Bolton for 30 years. 

“They are only markers and a bit of fuel for the players, but we have laid down a good mentality this year to bin all of those things. 

“The past can’t make the future what it is. Only we can do that. 

“We have made it quite clear. It’s not that we are not excited about how we are doing and what the team is playing like. 

“We are aware of the tough nature of this topsy-turvy division and you cannot take anything for granted. 

“We haven’t and that’s why the mantra is one game at a time. We’ve done that all season and I’ve told the lads to enjoy the moment because we start recovering immediately, ready for Bournemouth.”

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