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Happy Homecoming For Hero Vokes

Sam Vokes scores in front of family and friends to give Clarets landmark win

4 November 2017

Sam Vokes was chuffed to score in front of family and friends as he powered the Clarets to another away-day success.

But he admitted he was possibly in for a mixed reception after downing hometown club Southampton with a brilliant headed winner.

Vokes, Southampton-born and a one-time season-ticket holder at the St Mary’s Stadium, came off the bench to score his third goal at the ground where he used to sit and watch.

And this was the most important one of the lot as it put him on the winning side for the first time and lifted Burnley to level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea thanks to a third away success of the campaign.

“It’s great to get on the scoresheet again,” said Vokes, whose third goal of he season gave the Clarets a first top-flight win at Southampton at the ninth time of asking.

“It was my home club growing up and I had a lot of family here today, so it was nice to score in front of them.

“My old man was up there where we used to sit, so it was nice to score in front of him as well.

“It was the job in the hand on the day. I had a lot of family here at both ends of the grounds, Burnley and Saints fans.

“I will be seeing most of them tonight, so we’ll see how that goes.”

The Southampton contingent may not have been too pleased at seeing their side become the latest to fail to find a way past Burnley’s watertight defence before succumbing to Vokes’ 81st-minute goal.

But the Clarets’ fans went away ecstatic after Vokes had superbly steered in Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross after manager Sean Dyche threw on Vokes and Barnes in a switch to a 4-4-2 formation that swung the game decisively Burnley’s way.

“The fans have been great. A lot of was made of our away performances last season and they were traveling up and down the country. This year they are getting the rewards with some big wins away from home,” added Vokes, who scored for the first time since his opening-day double helped overcome champions Chelsea.

“Woody did fantastic up there. It was a tough role for himself and lonely at times.

“I thought we were doing well up to that point but going with two up front and taking the game to them is something we’ve started to do this year away from home, a bit more than last year, and I think it was going in our favour.

“Bringing two on kind of changed the feel of the game for us, we created a few chances and obviously ended up with the goal.

“I know when Johann has got the ball he likes to go back in on his left foot and he put a great ball in and it was great to get on the end of it.

“It’s a squad game and we’ve got a very strong squad here now, stronger than we’ve had for a few years.

“So, it’s all about taking your chance when you get it and that’s the same when you’re on the bench, watching the game and seeing how you can affect it when you come on.”

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