Sam strikes as Wales beat Iceland

Clarets striker Sam Vokes was on target as Wales beat Iceland 3-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday night.

Vokes, who has 18 club goals to his name so far this season, nodded in his sixth goal for his country from close range to make it 2-1 just after the hour, after Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale saw an effort saved by Iceland keeper Hannes Halldorsson.

Wales Sam Vokes (right) celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with teammate Hal Robson-Kanu during the international friendly at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 5, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales Sam Vokes (right) celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with teammate Hal Robson-Kanu during the international friendly at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 5, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

The 24-year-old came through the entire 90 minutes as he won his 31st cap, returning to find he has been nominated for the SkyBet Championship Player of the Month award for February, after scoring five times - twice at QPR, the winner at Bolton and two more against Nottingham Forest.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche was also nominated for the Manager of the Month award, after going through February unbeaten, with 11 points from five games, including victories over Millwall, Bolton and Nottingham Forest and draws at QPR and Bournemouth.

Also on Wednesday night, Vokes’ strike partner Danny Ings was on international duty, coming off the bench on 67 minutes in front of the watching Dyche at Derby’s iPro Stadium against Wales.

Ings won his third cap as he replaced West Brom’s Saido Berahino as Gareth Southgate’s side won 1-0 with a goal from Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond.

Other Clarets on international duty included Cameron Howieson, who played the last 20 minutes as New Zealand lost 4-2 to Japan in Tokyo, while Danny Lafferty was an unused substitute as Northern Ireland drew 0-0 in Cyprus. Also in action for Northern Ireland were Burnley-born Oliver Norwood and former Clarets striker Martin Paterson.

Jay Rodriguez was an unused substitute for England at Wembley as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Denmark 1-0 with a goal from Daniel Sturridge.