Sean Dyche tells FL72 Preview there's more to come from Burnley's Danny Ings and Sam Vokes

Last Updated: 10/03/14 9:45am

Dyche: pleased with Ings and Vokes

Sean Dyche told FL72 Preview there's more to come from his deadly strike duo.

Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have played a key role in the Clarets' promotion charge this term, netting a combined total of 36 goals in the Championship to help the Turf Moor outfit to second spot in the table.

"They're doing very well but they're still learning, still maturing and still looking to achieve."

Sean Dyche

Last August question marks had been raised over how Burnley would cope with the sale of star striker Charlie Austin, however, Dyche says his frontline pairing have risen to the challenge of succeeding the now QPR-owned hitman.

"I thought it was a great opportunity for someone else and I made that clear at the time," said the Burnley boss.

"I felt Sam Vokes had a big future with us and he was part of what we wanted to do, while Ings, we knew he had quality anyway, it was just a matter of time to get him fitter and sharper.

"Between them they've been fantastic and now we've got the support and challenge of Ashley Barnes coming in who is working ever so hard for us and doing a good job."

Dyche had particular praise for Ings and Vokes' link-up play and credited the pair's determination to improve, despite their considerable success this term.

"They have been in great form," he said. "Their movement, awareness of each other, the way they play off each other... and, as a team behind that, we play to their strengths.

"There have been so many good performances across the field and inevitably the centre forwards get the accolades but they've still got more to come. They're doing very well but they're still learning, still maturing and still looking to achieve."

Flourished

While 21-year-old Ings arrived at the club in 2011 from Bournemouth as a recognised hot prospect, Vokes, 24, had played for eight different clubs before eventually signing a permanent deal with the Clarets the following year.

However, despite the former Wolves man's nomadic start to his career, Dyche applauded the way the Wales international has knuckled down to his task of improving as a player - and says he is now reaping the benefits of that hard work.

"He's scoring all types of goals and has set many up as well, as has Ings," said Dyche.

"He's worked on his fitness a lot, he's had great support from the science team and the physio but a lot of credit to him.

"He's really taken it on this season and he's grown with his belief. He can play - and people forget that about him because he's a big lad - he's a great lad around the place and he's flourished within the culture and environment we've set."