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Clarets Refreshed And Raring To Go

Sam Vokes is ready for lift-off after Portuguese training break

20 February 2018

Sam Vokes wants the Clarets’ warm-weather training break to bring their Premier League campaign back to the boil.

Sean Dyche’s squad got away from the wintry conditions in Lancashire last week to spend a five-day camp on the Algarve.

And with back-to-back home games to come against Southampton and Everton, Vokes believes the break has been ideally timed to help Burnley snap their winless run.

“It was great to get away with the lads and have a few days of tough training as well as some down time,” said Vokes.

“Some results lately haven’t been great for us but we’re still in seventh place and that shows how strong we’ve been this season overall.

Sam Vokes came off the bench to score the winner at Southampton

“I think getting away for a week was a chance to re-charge our batteries and now is the time to come back with two important home games and pick up some results.”

The trip to Portugal was planned following the Clarets’ FA Cup exit at the turn of the year.

But a change of scene was timely given the current run of 10 Premier League games without a victory.

That spell – which does include five draws – has slowed Burnley’s momentum as they approach the final 11 games of the campaign.

And Vokes is eager to get things moving again by making the most of successive home games – with Southampton first up on Saturday - to fully capitalise on what was a remarkable first half of the campaign.

“It’s been a big thing for us, since we got into the Premier League especially, making Turf a bit of a fortress,” added the striker who faces his hometown club this weekend in search of a double over the Saints thanks to his winning goal at St Mary’s in November.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson's goal secured a 1-1 draw with Man City

“I think we’ve done that, as well as picking up points away from home this year, so it’s two games now where we need step on and pick up some results.

“We say we’re on a bad run of results but we’re still seventh in the Premier League, so it’s not a majorly bad thing.

“But for us it’s important we get back to performing well and picking up results.

“We have had a couple of bad results, but we also drew with City a couple of weeks ago, so there’s not too bad in there.

“It’s important we keep an eye on where we’re at and a couple of results and I’m sure we could be pushing on again.

“Over the last few years I think we’ve achieved a lot here, but to finish high up in the Premier League would be amazing for a club like Burnley and hopefully we can achieve that.”

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