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Cup King Vokes Hungry For More

16 February 2017

FA Cup talisman Sam Vokes is aiming to stay on the goal trail to keep the Clarets firing on all fronts.

Vokes has scored five times in nine FA Cup ties with Burnley, hitting the net in each round so far this season to help Sean Dyche’s in-form side reach the last 16.

The Wales international notched against both Sunderland and Bristol City at Turf Moor to set up Saturday’s visit of National League leaders Lincoln City.

And with the quarter-finals just one more win away, he believes the Clarets are capable of sustaining a cup run in tandem with their bid to sustain their Premier League status.

“If I’m selected it would be nice to add to that total and progress through,” said Vokes.

“The Cup has been good to us so far and for myself it’s been good to get a couple of goals.

“It’s nice for a striker to score goals and whether it’s cup or league it’s fantastic and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a few more.

“We are taking each round as it comes but we know the prize at the end of it and it’s something everyone wants to be involved in – the latter stages of a cup competition, so we will definitely be looking to progress.

“It will be good to complement our league status with a good cup run. We’re not getting carried away in the league. We don’t think it’s a job done at all.

“We’ve got a lot to fight for in that, but for us to have a cup run alongside that would be great.

“It’s a massive competition in my eyes. As a youngster watching, it’s something you’ve always wanted to be involved in and try and win.

“I don’t think it’s lost any of its magic. You see teams like Lincoln coming to us at the weekend.

“They have done fantastic to progress this far and for us, as players, it’s another game we are looking forward to.”

Lincoln have enjoyed a fairy-tale run to the fifth round and with National League colleagues Sutton United doing likewise, there are two non-league teams in the last 16 for the first time.

The Imps, who are striving to regain their Football League status after dropping out of League Two in 2011, have beaten Championship opposition in Ipswich and Brighton to get this far in the competition for the first time since 1902.

And Vokes insists the Clarets will be fully focused on looking to ensure they aren’t added to the list of scalps.

He added: “We’re not carried away thinking ‘if we get through this we’re in the quarters’.

“We won’t be taking anything for granted. It’s important we do our homework on Lincoln.

“We won’t approach it any differently from a Premier League game. We’ve had meetings on Lincoln and worked on the pitch on how they play and will approach it with the same mentality.

“We’ve looked at their league form and the teams they have knocked out already show what they’re all about and how strong they are, so we won’t be taking them lightly at all.

“We all know what the FA Cup is like. It’s a competition where you can’t take any team for granted and we’ll be looking to put our stamp on the game and try and progress through.”

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