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Vokes' First Goal In Vain

10 November 2012

Sam disappointed not to grab a point at Portman Road

Sam Vokes claimed his first goal of the season but was left frustrated that it didn’t bring the Clarets some reward from their trip to Portman Road.

The Clarets’ substitute headed home, via a touch off Ipswich defender Danny Higginbotham, 11 minutes from time to seemingly earn Burnley a point.

But Ipswich, who had gone ahead through a controversial Daryl Murphy goal, struck late from DJ Campbell to spoil Vokes’ day.

“I was in the box and Junior put in a great cross. I managed to get a little nick on it. I think he (Higginbotham) guided it in but I am taking it for my first one,” said the striker.

“It’s good to get off the mark, even at this stage, so hopefully it’s onwards and upwards for me.

“I think we played well but maybe at 1-1 we went a bit gung-ho and a few of the lads pushed on and searched for the win and unfortunately we got caught on the counter attack.

“After the last two wins we had a lot of confidence behind us and we thought we could go on and win. It wasn’t to be but I think it was another strong performance.”

Vokes was still on the bench when Murphy struck to put Ipswich ahead early in the second half, despite seemingly knocking goalkeeper Lee Grant to the ground before heading in.

But the Wales international shared his team-mates’ view that the goal shouldn’t have stood.

“Everyone was unhappy with the goal. As a striker you think goalkeepers are sometimes protected too much but it was definitely a foul,” Vokes added.

“Unfortunately they gave it. We did well to come back into the game and we were unlucky to lose it at the end.

“Some of the boys thought we could go on and nick but I think we can hold our heads high for what we’ve done this week and push on for the next game.”

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