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Sam Joy at Away-Day Special

Vokes double gives champions Chelsea the blues

12 August 2017

Two-goal hero Sam Vokes was delighted to deliver an instant away win with a famous victory at Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Clarets had to wait until their penultimate away trip last season to break their away-day duck thanks to a belated victory at Crystal Palace.

But faced with a potentially daunting opening-day trip to Stamford Bridge at the start of a run of games which takes them to each of last season’s top-four teams, Sean Dyche’s side responded brilliantly.

And after Vokes had taken his tally to seven goals in his last five Premier League games – wrapped around a brilliant Stephen Ward strike – the Clarets held on to win 3-2 after Chelsea had finished the game with nine men.

“It was a great start. To go in at half-time 3-0 up was unbelievable,” said Vokes.

“We spoke about it at half time and we were mentally ready for the second half.

“We knew they would come back and be strong, whether they had 11 players or nine players on the pitch.

“We did that and we stuck to our jobs. It was nervy at the end but we have gone to the champions. They are world-class players but we have gone away with three points.”

Vokes – now Burnley’s top scorer in the Premier League era – added: “It’s great for myself to get off the mark like that on the opening day, but more than that for the team really.

“A lot was made of last year, not getting the away wins. To start the season like this has put that to bed I suppose. It’s nice.

“When the fixtures came out a lot was made of the first five away games and starting here.

“We’ve ticked one of them off with three points and we can go and attack the others in the same vein.”

Chelsea had former Burnley player-of-the-year Gary Cahill and midfielder Cesc Fabregas sent off on a dramatic day that saw the Blues fail to win their opening game for the first time since 1998.

The Clarets won for the first time ever on the opening day of a Premier League campaign, with the travelling fans able to celebrate a first league victory at Chelsea since 1971.

“We only got that one away win last year at Palace, which meant a lot to the fans and today I’m sure it will mean the same,” said Vokes.

“It was important for us but for the fans as well, it was a huge win.”

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