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Cup is still a big deal - Vokes

Sam Vokes
Vokes was a scorer in the third round win over Birmingham

Wolves striker Sam Vokes believes the FA Cup remains a special competition despite the weakened teams being used.

Vokes, 19, scored the clinching goal in his side's 2-0 win over Birmingham in the third round, and used to dream of scoring the winner at Wembley.

"Every kid does, don't they? It's a massive competition to play in really," the Welsh international told BBC WM.

"I want the chance to try and prove myself and make a mark on the team, and prove I can make a mark at this level."

The former Bournemouth striker has seen his first team chances limited at Molineux since his summer move, largely because of the form of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Chris Iwelumo.

The strikers here are doing so well, to get 20 minutes here and there is great for me for experience

Wolves striker Sam Vokes

But Vokes understands the role he has in boss Mick McCarthy's plans, and is pleased to have been publicly praised by his manager.

"I think so, especially when I'm not starting as many games as I'd like, " he noted.

"To get the praise is obviously good, but I think the strikers here are doing so well, to be involved and get 20 minutes here and there is great for me for experience."

Vokes has netted four goals in 21 appearances for his new club, although he has only started three of those games.

He is aware that he is getting more opportunities in the knock-out competitions because Wolves' priorities this season lie with chasing promotion from the Championship.

"Obviously our priority at the moment is the league. We need to concentrate on that," he said. "But Middlesbrough is still a massive game."

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