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Stoke City XI 1 Clarets 2

12 February 2013

Sam Vokes double gives Burnley friendly win

Sam Vokes scored twice in a highly useful sharpener as the Clarets this afternoon beat a strong Stoke City side at the Britannia Stadium.

Vokes netted twice in the space of five first-half minutes before his day was curtailed by a bang on the foot after an hour.

But assuming there is no major damage, the Wales international underlined his value as an added attacking option for boss Sean Dyche ahead of Saturday’s Turf Moor clash with Huddersfield.

Dyche watched a number of his senior players get important game time as ex-Stoke forward Martin Paterson completed 90 minutes, along with Brian Stock, Marvin Bartley and January signing Dane Richards.

And away from the experienced campaigners there were vital lessons learned for a young back back four, including centre-backs Kevin Long and Alex Coleman, as they dealt impressively with a Stoke attack of Michael Owen and Mamady Sidibe.

City’s front pair were supported from the flanks by Jermaine Pennant and USA international Brek Shea, who pulled a goal back after the break.

Luke O'Neill

But the Clarets deserved their win which could have been more emphatic with some more clinical second-half finishing.

Burnley started brightly and Paterson, Vokes and Dane Richards all had sights of goal before Vokes made the break-through.

Combined pressure from Paterson and the impressive Luke O'Neill forced an error from Owen and when Paterson pulled the ball back, Vokes calmly swot home a shot from 12 yards.

The big striker then nodded the Clarets into a 2-0 lead from a Richards corner as the Potters, who also included Charlie Adam, Dean Whitehead and Wilson Palacios, were second best.

But having been on top for the opening half-hour, Burnley let the home side gain a measure of control before the break and Brian Jensen twice had to be alert to keep the Potters at bay.

Stoke then continued to press at the start of the second half and after January signing Shea headed a goal back from a corner they briefly threatened an equaliser.

Adam twice went close but having survived a couple of half chances the Clarets finished strongly.

Joseph Mills, marauding forward from left-back, twice got into good positions in the box which he was unable to convert.

Paterson and substitute Joe Jackson also tried their luck but the best chance of adding a third fell to Richards, who was picked out by Paterson’s pull-back but lifted his shot over the top.

Burnley: Jensen, O’Neill, Coleman, Long, Mills, Bartley, Stock, Richards, Vokes (Jackson 60), Paterson, Howieson (Evans 75). 

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