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Gray Hails Burgeoning Vokes Partnership

1 November 2015

Andre Gray says his partnership with Sam Vokes is getting stronger by the game after netting twice in the victory over Huddersfield Town.

Gray opened the scoring from the penalty spot after his driving run into the box saw him tripped by Joel Lynch.

And on 43 minutes, he smashed the ball past Steer following an incisive pass from his Welsh international strike partner to extend the advantage.

He said: “Luckily they’re going in for me. I don’t really take penalties but myself and Vokesy have a little arrangement and I was first up!

“I scored one at Luton. I’m not really a penalty taker but I’m going to have to be now.

“We both want to see each other score so we’ve come to an arrangement that we’ll keep between ourselves but it’s good to keep the keepers guessing.”

“The second one was great play from Vokesy and I’ve managed to hit the target, which is what I always get told to do and it went in.

“We’ve got a great partnership now that seems to be getting stronger and stronger as the games go by. We’re getting a few nearly moments as well but it’s coming together.

Gray was replaced by Chris Long late in the game and walked off to a standing ovation from the Turf Moor crowd.

That relationship, he says, has been key to his fruitful start to life in East Lancashire - which has seen him score five goals in the last five games.

Reflecting on the win, he added: “It’s a massive three points. I didn’t think we played too well in the second-half, we invited a lot of pressure on ourselves so in the end it was a great win.

“The fans are fantastic and they’ve welcomed me in since day one and that bond is getting stronger as well.

“I can’t thank them enough. They give me the confidence to go out and perform and I hope I’m giving them something back.”

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