Duo setting sights on emulating Clarets’ goalscoring legends

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Strike pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are odds on to become the most prolific Burnley duo in a generation.

They have so far scored 34 goals between them this season, 21 for Ings and 13 for Vokes - both career-highs - with 20 games remaining.

Four more would put them level with Paul Barnes (25) and Andy Cooke (13), who claimed 38 iunder Adrian Heath in the old Second Division in 1996/97, while Mike Conroy (26) and Roger Eli (12) netted the same combined tally in the Fourth Division championship-winning season of 1991/92.

You have to go back to 1984/85 to beat that haul, as Kevin Hird (22) and Wayne Biggins (19) hit 41 in the Third Division.

But all that pales into insignificance when you look at the exploits of Willie Irvine (37) and Andy Lochhead (23), who plundered a remarkable 60 goals in 1965/66 in the old First Division - one more than Ray Pointer (25) and Jimmy Robson (34) managed in 1960/61, when Burnley were defending First Division champions.

Vokes, as you might expect, is simply focusing on the job at hand, accruing points towards a promotion push.

But he admits he would be happy to combine promotion to the Premier League, as the goalscoring records tumble.

The Wales international striker said: “It doesn’t bother us. We go out every game as strikers to score goals.

“That’s our job, so if we break records, all well and good.”

Four short of being the best pairing in 29 years, however, Vokes feels that would be a nice title: “We’d like to get that as soon as possible.

“We go out there to score goals, it’s our job, so if we can chip away at that it will be good. It’s always nice to get those milestones but to chip away with points is key.”

It is rare to see genuine strike partnerships in the modern game, where midfield dominance often requires extra bodies in the centre - although they are creeping back into vogue, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo at Manchester City - City reaping the rewards, with the pair hitting 45 between them.

Vokes added: “It’s always good for a player like myself to play with someone like Ingsy next to me, someone to play off me almost, and we can link up well. It’s been going well.”