Business as usual for Clarets striker Vokes on return to Bournemouth

Sam Vokes celebrates his goal.
Sam Vokes celebrates his goal.

The best strikeforce in the Championship return to where it all began tomorrow.

Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have helped fire Burnley into second place in the table with 40 goals between them - indeed, they have scored more goals than 15 of the 24 Championship clubs!

Both were nurtured by Bournemouth, before Vokes, then 18, was sold to Wolves, after just 54 appearances, while Ings played just 27 times for the Cherries before moving to Turf Moor, aged 19.

It will be the first time either have gone back to play at what was Dean Court, now the Goldsands Stadium, but it is business as usual for Vokes, who netted his 16th goal of the season in the 1-0 win at Bolton on Tuesday night: “We both left at a young age, I was 18, and I think he was around that age as well, it’s been a few years, but it’ll be good to go back.

“I’m not really emotional, but I suppose, if you look at the bigger picture, it can be, but it’s just another game, you want to go down there and get the three points.

“There’s a lot of changes since I was there, but it is a club close to my heart personally.

“Going into the game, you don’t really think about that, and try to get the win.”

Vokes goes there with words of praise from manager Sean Dyche and teammate Michael Duff ringing in his ears.

Duff said of his display at Bolton: “I thought Vokesy was unplayable to be honest. I don’t think many centre halves in the country would have been able to deal with him.”

And Dyche has been delighted with his progress: “I think he’s had a massive shift in the type of person he is, in the sense of his professional person that is, and how he goes about his business.

“He’s getting the rewards, the team are getting the rewards.

“There has been a lot of talk about our other players, I think he’s been absolutely outstanding, the way he’s developed this season as a player is miraculous.

“I told him that I’ve enjoyed that, I’ve enjoyed the development that myself and the coaches put into the players.

“Now and again you get a real shining light.

“I think he’s just realised that he’s got more to offer than he was offering previously.

“He has a home here.”