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Sam: It's A Team Effort

24 February 2014

Man of the moment Sam Vokes insists Saturday’s stunning victory over Nottingham Forest highlighted the strengths in all areas of the Burnley dressing room.

The Welshman netted his 17 and 18th league goals of the season in a 3-1 victory for the Clarets over fifth placed Forest, strengthening second place in the Championship and making it 20 league games without defeat at Turf Moor. 

And Vokes’ was quick to praise the way the whole team applied themselves against a confident Forest side who went in to the game on a 14-match unbeaten run.

He said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game and we got out of the blocks fast and managed to get ourselves ahead early doors.

“From the first whistle we were at it and felt confident. They came back at us in the second half, but we stayed strong and kept the three points.”

Following Scott Arfield’s opener, the Burnley striker headed Burnley two up on 25 minutes following a magnificent cross from Kieran Trippier. 

The Clarets full-back now has 14 assists for the season, the highest for any player in the Championship. 

And Vokes’ feels fortunate to have the service of a player of Trippier’s quality.

“Kieran has been on fire this year, he added. “He’s been fantastic, and for strikers to have a full back that will get forward and put balls in the box is great.

“Whenever he’s got the ball at his feet you know he’s going to put the ball in the right areas, and if you make the right runs he’ll find you.”

Vokes’ and strike partner Danny Ings continue to set high standards in the league this season, with 42 goals between them. 

And the Welsh striker, whose weekend was added to by another international call-up, insists that confidence is key.

He added “We’re growing in confidence as a pair and scoring goals which can only help us.

“It’s been a great season so far, but I’d like to go on and get a lot more and help us keep going.

“The fixtures come thick and fast and Derby next week is big game. 

“But at the moment we’re high on confidence and we’ll take that in to the next game!”

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