Burnley striker Vokes continuing on the right path

Sam Vokes sees his shot blocked on Saturday
Sam Vokes sees his shot blocked on Saturday

Striker Sam Vokes deservedly claimed the man of the match award on Saturday after showing further signs of becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Vokes, with three goals to his name so far this season, proved a real handful for the Blackburn defence as he continues to improve with more starts.

The last-gasp derby hero last December, he might have had another goal against Rovers early on, had he had a fraction of the fortune Jordan Rhodes enjoyed late on.

Sean Dyche was again delighted with his efforts: “I’ve enjoyed working with him anyway, he’s a work in progress and he’s taken on a lot of the things that we’ve offered him.

“We just offer them and guide them, I believe in the players taking ownership of it.

“He’s really done that.

“He looks different, he’s playing different, he’s added a controlled aggression to his game and that’s really good to see.

“He had a big game in the week as well with Wales, so to come into this and look at it mentally and physically is good. There are good signs from a lot of the lads.”

Dyche had a selection poser before the game, whether to stick with the side that won 3-0 at Derby or bring in loan signing Michael Kightly.

Keith Treacy missed out against his old club, but Dyche said: “We’ve got a group who I believe are really together.

“They understand it but no-one’s ever delighted to not be in the team, particularly when you’ve just had a 3-0 win.

“But that’s my job, I’ve got to pick a team and I can only pick 11. Keith was okay.

“He’s on a nice journey himself. I had a chat with him, didn’t over-think it. He’s pretty honest with his views with what he thinks. His time will come again.”