Vokes ready for battle to keep Clarets in top two!

Striker Sam Vokes stressed the importance of breaking in to the Championship's automatic spots following the 2-0 triumph over Rotherham United at Turf Moor.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2016, 8:00 am
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The Clarets briefly edged in to the division’s top two back in November after the 3-1 win over Fulham but they surrendered that position with the goal-less draw against Wolves at Molineux.

However, the Welshman believes that the squad fosters the experience and ‘know how’ to preserve that spot at this pivotal stage of the season.

“It was a big thing breaking in to it,” he said. “The teams around us have got to play games but we’ve got the points on the board which is important for us. We’re on a good little run now where we can pick up more points.

“We’ve picked up points against teams around us in the league as well as taking them in games like today where we know it’s going to be tough against teams lower in the league.”

Vokes added: “I think everyone around here will agree that it’s a similar feel to two years ago. It’s never a given but we feel that we should be up there and challenging.

“With the experience that we’ve got that’s been added to the squad and with what was here two years ago we know what it’s about to be top at this time of year.

“With that experience we know how to see it out and I’m sure when as the games come we’ll be able to deal with it.”

Lloyd Doyley’s trip on winger George Boyd in the 27th minute gave Vokes the opportunity to open the scoring from the spot against the Millers.

The 26-year-old stroked the ball to his left, sending Lee Camp the wrong way to net his ninth goal of the term.

“It’s good,” he said. “It was nice to get the penalty. It was my turn. It’s nice to get on the scoresheet. As a striker that’s where you want to be. It was nice to get that and hopefully I can add a few more to it.”