Sam Vokes will keep his foot fully on the gas as he looks forward to going ‘home’ this weekend.
Barring an improbable 19-goal swing with Hull City, the Clarets secured their Premier League safety last Saturday with a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion when Vokes scored twice to go to double figures for the season.
But the in-form striker isn’t satisfied yet, and after helping Burnley secure their first away win of the season at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago is targeting another three points at former club Bournemouth.
“It’s important we keep our head in the game,” said Vokes.
“It will be nice to celebrate at the end of the season but for now it’s time to get the job done.
“The Palace game and the result was probably one of the best I’ve been involved in with Burnley.
“The feeling in the dressing room after, and how strong the performance was down at Palace after all the criticism I suppose the squad has had over this season, it was a good feeling, so we want to emulate that down at Bournemouth. It’s a big game for us and another big test away.
“To hit that 40-point mark last weekend was a massive achievement. It was something we set out at the start of the season to achieve – survival.
“To have done that almost with two games to go is a nice feeling. But although the pressure is off we have still got a job to do. We want to finish as high as we can.”
A win over former Burnley boss Eddie Howe at Bournemouth on Saturday would take the Clarets above the Cherries in the table.
Howe’s side currently occupies 11th spot as they look to better last season’s 16th-place finish – their first ever campaign in the top tier.
Sam Vokes is the Clarets’ joint leading goalscorer, alongside Andre Gray
That followed a spectacular climb through the divisions after Bournemouth almost dropped out of the in 2009 – the season after Vokes left Dean Court to join Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“I have got a lot of friends and family down there and from the football side of it was a huge part of my career early on,” added the Wales international, 27, who grew up along the coast at Lymington.
“I did my youth team term down there and got my first professional contract.
“When I left they had just been relegated from League One and were facing League Two with minus 17 points, so it was a club in crisis really.
“To see them in the Premier League now is a huge achievement.
“We are going down there looking to pick up three points and secure everything, so it’s a huge game for us.
“But on a personal note it will be nice to play against Bournemouth in the Premier League.”