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Dyche expected no star sales

Burnley boss Sean Dyche never expected his free-scoring frontmen to leave in January and expects them to maintain a promotion push.

Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have been in fine form for the Clarets this season, netting 37 times between them.

Both men were heavily linked with moves away from Turf Moor during the winter transfer window, with their efforts having been noted by a number of Premier League clubs.

Dyche was, however, able to keep the pair on his books and hopes they will continue to terrorise Championship back fours.

He told the Burnley Express: "I hope it continues, it's a great statistic. They've formed a great partnership and obviously now we've got Ash (Barnes) in to support and challenge their partnership.

"I wasn't surprised at all (to see them stay), we've made it clear as a club that they're not for sale.

"None of our players are for sale. The players have been terrific."

Dyche is also convinced that his deadly strike duo can help to keep Burnley among the second tier front-runners, despite many outside of the Clarets camp questioning their promotion claims.

He added: "I don't think there's any malice in it, I just think people are looking at the stats and facts and understanding that we haven't spent a lot of money and we have a small squad.

"We've got a small wage bill as well but they don't always know and define the quality, the energy, the framework and the organisation within that.

"We've been questioned many times at various stages of the season but we're up there, we deserve to be up there, and judging by the last few performances it's quite evident that they're giving everything to remain there."