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Heads Held High As Vokes Strikes

2 December 2012

Super sub Sam is Clarets' history maker

Sam Vokes left Turf Moor on cloud nine after re-writing Burnley history.

Vokes came off the bench to head the Clarets’ equaliser as Sean Dyche’s men came from 1-0 down to earn a deserved share of the derby spoils against Blackburn Rovers.

And the super sub admitted his late goal had given him one of the most satisfying moments of his career as he became the first Burnley player to score against Rovers at Turf Moor since 1978.

“Right now it’s right up there. It was a fantastic moment to score in a big derby like this front of your home fans, so it was a great day,” said Vokes.

“When you get five or ten minutes off the bench you get a chance to make an impact and to get the goal was a fantastic feeling.

“Their centre-halves played well and it was tough for Chas (Austin) in there by himself.
History maker

“When I came on it made a different angle to it and a different way of attack, I suppose, and getting the goal was fantastic in the end.

“To score in front of the home fans was a brilliant feeling and to go over and into the fans was really good.

“And even after that we showed the character to keep going and we could have nicked it.”

Having leveled in the 89th-minute, Vokes could have won it as he headed an injury-time cross from Dean Marney over the bar.

And the Wales international felt that wouldn’t have flattered the Clarets as they missed out on the chance to end a 33-year wait for a victory over their local rivals.

“It was a fantastic occasion and the lads kept their cool and played well in the first half when we were the stronger side,” Vokes added.

“In the first half we had a lot more chances than they did and could have won it by a few.

“But when you are 1-0 down with five minutes to go it’s good to come away with a point.

“Towards the end we were pushing on for the winner and were the stronger side, so I think we can take a lot from the game.

“We have probably been the in-form team of the two and I think we have come out of it with our heads held high because we were the stronger side on the day.”

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