Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed Sam Vokes, Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes’ contribution to the newly-promoted club’s Premier League survival campaign.
The Lancashire club's Premier League goal tally of 39, 11 more than the 2014/15 season which saw them relegated, is a matter of some pride for their manager, who was full of praise for the three men who were responsible for the bulk of them.
“He’s delivered again," Dyche said of Vokes in conversation with the Burnley Express. The Welshman ended the season as the club's top scorer with 10 Premier League strikes and 12 in all competitions.
"He nicked himself another goal against West Ham, and he’s had a good finish to the season. Generally he’s had a good season. Double figures for Sam, which is great, and the three strikers have done well, they’ve all pitched in,” he added.
On the topic of Andre Gray, whose contribution was hampered by a four-match ban for misconduct, Dyche said: “Andre is learning, progressing. It’s his first season, he had a lot going on with the ban, a lot to take in.
“Vokesey is slightly older and wiser, patchy during the season but finished strong, and Barnesy got his rewards at times and worked hard for the team," the former defender said, referring to Ashley Barnes, who found the back of the net on six occasions.
“Through the ins and outs and ups and downs, these players have overall had some really strong seasons," the manager continued.
“It’s unlikely you come into the Premier League, some for the second time in three years, and are brilliant every week.
“You’re playing against a different level. On occasions we’ve taken our chances, scored important goals, and when you don’t take chances, guess what, the other team are decent, and have a chance to take theirs.
"You have to be clinical in both boxes, and overall we’ve done enough to make sure,” he added.