AN­DRE PRAISES PART­NER IN CRIME VOKES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

FROM Wright and Bright, to Shearer and Sut­ton, there are few more deadly sights in foot­ball than a po­tent strike part­ner­ship.

And An­dre Gray is con­vinced that his bur­geon­ing link-up with Sam Vokes can pay sim­i­lar div­i­dends as Burn­ley chase pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League.

Head­ing into yes­ter­day’s trip to Wolves, Gray had al­ready notched eight goals for Burn­ley since his Au­gust move from Brent­ford with Welsh in­ter­na­tional Vokes adding an­other three.

Two sea­sons ago,Vokes and Danny Ings net­ted 47 times – a haul that fired the Clarets into the Pre­mier League – and Gray sees no rea­son why Burn­ley’s lat­est duo can’t repli­cate that.

“I watched him in the year that Burn­ley went up – you saw what him and Danny Ings did,” said the 24-yearold.

“He comes into the hole and de­fend­ers don’t know what to do with him be­cause they’re not ex­pect­ing him to do that, they’re ex­pect­ing him to be up against them try­ing to win headers.

“He’s got that and I think he sur­prises a few de­fend­ers with it as well, and he helps me.”

With a third of the sea­son gone, Burn­ley find them­selves firmly in the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion mix as they look for an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the top flight fol­low­ing last term’s rel­e­ga­tion.

If that is to hap­pen, the un­der­stand­ing be­tween Gray and Vokes will need to con­tinue to thrive.

But Gray is con­fi­dent that with the pair liv­ing next door to each other – that won’t be a prob­lem.

“Us be­ing neigh­bours now, liv­ing next door and trav­el­ling in to­gether, helps too,” he added.

“We un­der­stand each other, I al­ways know where he’s go­ing to be and he knows where I’m go­ing to be.

“I think we’re caus­ing prob­lems for de­fend­ers and I think if we keep do­ing that there are go­ing to be goals.”

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