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Vokes Praise For Clarets' Starters

7 January 2017

Sam Vokes praised his team-mates who stepped into the front line at Sunderland to secure a draw and a third-round FA Cup replay.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche made six changes to his starting line-up, including a first start for Joey Barton on his return to the club.

There were also just second starts of the campaign for goalkeeper Nick Pope and defenders James Tarkowski and Tendayi Darikwa.

They all impressed in comfortably keeping the Black Cats at bay in a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light, while at the other end the Clarets were only a finishing touch away from repeating their recent Premier League win over the Wearsiders.

"We train hard every week and the lads that don't play work hard," said Vokes, who also returned to starting duty and was only denied a winner by Vitor Mannonoe's fine first-half save

"That showed today because when you get your chance you need to be ready for the 90 minutes.

"The lads showed up today and did well when they came in, I thought.

"It was always going to be a tough test.

James Tarkowski helped the Clarets keep a second clean sheet away from home this season

"They are in a similar boat to us in the league I suppose and getting one over them the week before was a massive positive for us.

"We came here full of confidence and I think we showed it. We dominated the second half but we just couldn't that goal to clinch it. We'll take the replay and I'm sure we will when we take them back."

Burnley now face another fixture to slot alongside their league commitments with the replay set to fall between games against Southampton and Arsenal.

But Vokes is happy to keep on playing.

He added:  "The FA Cup is a massive tournament. I love playing in it. It's good for us still to be in the hat.

"We will look at the draw and then the replay and it's another game we will look to go and win."

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