Vokes believes Burnley strike pair can aim high

This Is Lancashire: Sam Vokes joins Scott Arfield in celebrating Danny Ings’ opener on Saturday Sam Vokes joins Scott Arfield in celebrating Danny Ings’ opener on Saturday

SAM Vokes hopes he and Danny Ings can reach 50 goals this season after the pair combined to give QPR an almighty scare at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Ings scored once and Vokes netted twice in a 3-3 draw at second-placed QPR, which kept the Clarets in the automatic promotion race and took the strike duo’s combined tally for the season to a 37 goals in 33 matches.

Burnley still have 18 games remaining this season and Vokes is now hopeful that his strike partnership with Ings can keep delivering and reach the half century mark by the end of the campaign.

“It would be nice!” Vokes admitted about the half century target, having netted 15 goals this term. Ings has 22.

“Every game as a striker you want to go out and get the opportunity to score goals and if we can do that it’s a good thing for strikers, so hopefully yes it would be nice.

“We just have to keep plugging away, that’s what we’re all about and hopefully we can chip in with a few more.”

Vokes believes Burnley have proved they are capable of taking the automatic promotion race right to the wire after coming close to claiming a shock win on Saturday.

The Clarets remain in third place, three points behind QPR, after a 3-3 draw.

But they almost leapfrogged their opponents into second when they led 3-2 going into the closing stages.

Vokes thinks Burnley’s performance showed that they are serious contenders to take a place in the top two.

“I think so, we haven’t mentioned the word promotion this year but it’s something that we need to get our heads around and keep pushing now,” the striker said.

“We have to keep going. We’ve got 18 games to go. There’s everything to play for.

“I think it could go to the wire. It seems to be going that way. If we can keep putting the pressure on, QPR are three points ahead of us at the moment but I’m sure there will be a lot of twists and turns.

“We went there, expressed ourselves and showed what we offer the league and what we’ve got within our squad,” he added.

“All season especially away from home we’ve gone to places without fear and showed that we can do that to other teams.

“QPR are a strong side and they’ve got massive resources, so for us to go there and give them that sort of game is great for us.

“When you get into the lead you feel like you can then go on and take the game to them, which we did. But it was a good draw in the end.

“We’ve got some tough games and some home games coming up that we’ll look to pick up points from now.

“The confidence we’ll take from a result like Saturday will be massive.”

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12:54pm Mon 3 Feb 14

bburnrover says...

I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence.
I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.
I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence. I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next. bburnrover
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2:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

owd nick says...

bburnrover wrote:
I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence.
I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.
Tend to agree apart from the fact I new rate Derby as the best side in the Championship and probably the only club from this league who could possibly survive in the PL if they went up.

The gap is huge now, and will probably only grow greater over coming seasons.

But as I have said before I though Burnley should have won on Saturday, QPR were poor, especially in the second half.
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence. I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.[/p][/quote]Tend to agree apart from the fact I new rate Derby as the best side in the Championship and probably the only club from this league who could possibly survive in the PL if they went up. The gap is huge now, and will probably only grow greater over coming seasons. But as I have said before I though Burnley should have won on Saturday, QPR were poor, especially in the second half. owd nick
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3:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

McClaret says...

I was disappointed we didn't win on Saturday as the chance was there on a plate and we didn't take it. That said the second half performance coupled with the second half away at Leicester is probably as good as any team has played in the Championship this season
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I was disappointed we didn't win on Saturday as the chance was there on a plate and we didn't take it. That said the second half performance coupled with the second half away at Leicester is probably as good as any team has played in the Championship this season Play McClaret
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5:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

RobH2O says...

owd nick wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence.
I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.
Tend to agree apart from the fact I new rate Derby as the best side in the Championship and probably the only club from this league who could possibly survive in the PL if they went up.

The gap is huge now, and will probably only grow greater over coming seasons.

But as I have said before I though Burnley should have won on Saturday, QPR were poor, especially in the second half.
I love the back-handed complement. We drew with a poor side. And that keeps clearly Burnley's quality in line doesn't it; crap really just on a lucky spell.
Such a shock you should surreptitiously offer this.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence. I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.[/p][/quote]Tend to agree apart from the fact I new rate Derby as the best side in the Championship and probably the only club from this league who could possibly survive in the PL if they went up. The gap is huge now, and will probably only grow greater over coming seasons. But as I have said before I though Burnley should have won on Saturday, QPR were poor, especially in the second half.[/p][/quote]I love the back-handed complement. We drew with a poor side. And that keeps clearly Burnley's quality in line doesn't it; crap really just on a lucky spell. Such a shock you should surreptitiously offer this. RobH2O
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8:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Pompey Claret says...

bburnrover wrote:
I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence.
I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.
Good comment and agree that Forest are on a very good run and capable of keeping that going . Derby too can't be written off but I feel forest are a stronger side.
We are in with a good shout and have been consistent all season to keep the pressure on the teams around us but need to turn draws into wins.
It would be great to see both clubs in the premiership and sustain a rivalry in that league.
As for the next Derby game were due a win lol. Once again a good comment BBR.

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[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence. I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.[/p][/quote]Good comment and agree that Forest are on a very good run and capable of keeping that going . Derby too can't be written off but I feel forest are a stronger side. We are in with a good shout and have been consistent all season to keep the pressure on the teams around us but need to turn draws into wins. It would be great to see both clubs in the premiership and sustain a rivalry in that league. As for the next Derby game were due a win lol. Once again a good comment BBR. UTC Pompey Claret
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8:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Pompey Claret says...

owd nick wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence.
I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.
Tend to agree apart from the fact I new rate Derby as the best side in the Championship and probably the only club from this league who could possibly survive in the PL if they went up.

The gap is huge now, and will probably only grow greater over coming seasons.

But as I have said before I though Burnley should have won on Saturday, QPR were poor, especially in the second half.
As per usual nick don't credit Burnley for putting QPR under pressure right from the start of the 2nd half and that it was Burnley's play that made them look poor . That would stick in your throat wouldn't It ?
We matched them in every department and more in that game and played attacking football and played to win. Where Rover had the 10 man defence and didn't want to lose.

Agree with you regarding Derby but forest are capable of stringing a run like Leicester are on at present. As for any club that reach the premiership it is a tuff ask to stay up but can be done.

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[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I watched the game at QPR and thought Burnley were excellent and could have easily won that game. Ings and Vokes are good enough to play in an higher league which in my opinion would allow you to concentrate on improving the cheaper areas of the side like midfield and defence. I think Nottingham Forest may be your main adversaries for the second spot as they are on a long winning run now but contrary to Burnley V Blackburn rivalry I hope you get up this season and us next.[/p][/quote]Tend to agree apart from the fact I new rate Derby as the best side in the Championship and probably the only club from this league who could possibly survive in the PL if they went up. The gap is huge now, and will probably only grow greater over coming seasons. But as I have said before I though Burnley should have won on Saturday, QPR were poor, especially in the second half.[/p][/quote]As per usual nick don't credit Burnley for putting QPR under pressure right from the start of the 2nd half and that it was Burnley's play that made them look poor . That would stick in your throat wouldn't It ? We matched them in every department and more in that game and played attacking football and played to win. Where Rover had the 10 man defence and didn't want to lose. Agree with you regarding Derby but forest are capable of stringing a run like Leicester are on at present. As for any club that reach the premiership it is a tuff ask to stay up but can be done. UTC Pompey Claret
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