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Dyche: A Positive Night For Sam

5 January 2015

Sean Dyche was delighted to see Sam Vokes back on the scoresheet in the FA Cup draw with Spurs.

The Welshman grabbed the all-important equaliser in only his second substitute appearance following nine months out with a knee injury in the third round tie at Turf Moor.

And after missing out on a start through a festive illness, Vokes earned praise from his manager for earning a replay at White Hart Lane.

Boss Dyche said: “Big Sam came on and looked nice and sharp. We have been very sensible with him for all the right reasons.

“We want him properly fit and he knows his pathway back. He was ill last week and missed three days with a virus that can drain you.

“If it wasn’t for that he might have even got a start tonight.

“But we always planned to put him on for half an hour and we are delighted he has got his goal, so it’s been a positive night for him.

“There’s still work to be done though. I’ve always believed that players take their time to come back. They need these pockets of football, so we are happy with that.”

The Clarets recovered from Nacir Chadli’s 56th minute opener to earn a deserved replay, in a game that sprung to life in the second half.

Dyche, who made two changes and was without David Jones through illness, added: “It was a lacklustre affair tonight. It was a strange affair with not as many in here as we were hoping for.

“That changed the feel of the game for both teams and it was only in the second half when the feel of the game changed.

“We had to look as saving some legs tonight though because the stats on how far these boys have run are unbelievable over the Christmas period.

“We had to make changes, some of which were forced up on us.

“I respect the cup competitions and I have no concern over the lads’ physicality. We made a very good decision making sure the game was played on a Monday and that was agreed by Tottenham because they too have a lot of games.

“Our players are running absolutely miles and they are human and need a break between games and I felt that showed again tonight.

“In the last 10 minutes we were going non-stop to try and win the game

“But we have to remember our growth as a group of players, but also as a club.

“Tottenham Hotspur have come here tonight and made seven changes and had nearly £130m of talent on the pitch.

“We are not quite there yet, but I think we can compete and I think we showed that again tonight.”

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