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Vokes: Turf Return Was Special

27 December 2014

Sam Vokes says it was special to back playing at Turf Moor after making his Clarets comeback against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

The Welsh international striker replaced Ashley Barnes in the second half and was given an 18-minute run out as Burnley searched for a leveller.

But despite being happy at making his return from a nine month injury lay-off, Vokes felt Burnley should have got something from a game they dominated large periods of.

Vokes said: “We’re sitting in there and it’s a tough one to take because I think everyone who watched the game would say we dominated most of it.

“But it’s one of those again where we need to take our chances and that’s what they did.

“I thought we were very solid today in defence but the one major opportunity they had in the game they took.

“We played very well today and we can hold our heads high but I think we need to start coming out of these games with something.”

Vokes hit 20 goals last season on the way to promotion and was given a fantastic reception by a capacity Turf Moor crowd as he ran out to re-kindle the ‘Vings’ partnership in the latter stages.

And despite the result, Vokes insists Burnley can take confidence from the performance into the fixture at Manchester City tomorrow.

He added: “We won’t be looking at Manchester City and thinking it’s a big occasion us going there as it’s just another football match.

“These are the games we wanted to be involved in this season and I think we can take confidence from the way we’ve performed over the last few games.

“I was watching on sat on the bench today and couldn’t wait to get on and get involved. It’s great to get back out there.

“It’s been a long hard nine months and with that you’re always watching these games and finding it tough but now I’m looking to kick on.

“It was a big thing for me in rehab to focus on getting back into the team and I’ve had three 90 minutes in the development squad now.

“There is lots of competition though and Ashley has been brilliant in recent weeks, chipping in with match winning goals but that competition is good for the team.

“It was special to play at the Turf again and my family were here to see me make my comeback as well.”

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