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Vokes Lays Claim To Crucial Goal

Super-sub hopes to keep equalising goal but says point more important

31 January 2018

Sam Vokes hopes he won’t be denied the goal that got Burnley’s season back on track.

But whoever is officially credited with the Clarets’ late equaliser at St James’ Park, it won’t alter the fact that Sean Dyche’s men are back in seventh place in the Premier League.

Jamaal Lascelles’ second-half headed goal – after Nick Pope had saved a Joselu penalty before the break – was only minutes away from giving Newcastle United a first home win in eight games.

But when Vokes headed in from a late Jack Corner – goalkeeper Karl Darlow getting the final touch after the ball had come back down off the bar – the Clarets ended a four-game losing run with a fourth draw in their last five league games away from Turf Moor.

“I’m sure he doesn’t want the goal and I’ll take it,” said Vokes, who came off the bench to claim what could be his fourth goal of the campaign.

“It was nice to get the final touch and hopefully they haven’t given it to the goalkeeper.

“When you are on the bench you’re looking at the game and seeing how you can affect things and when you come on and get a chance it’s all about taking it and it was nice to get on the end of that and get the point for the boys.

“For us it was a huge point. It would be nice to get the goal but more important tonight was the point away from home. It’s another one on the journey we’ve got this year.”

Newcastle recovered from the setback of missing their first penalty of the season to lead through Lascelles as they looked to pull away from relegation danger.

But, typically, the Clarets hung in and – helped by an impressive debut from the bench from winger Aaron Lennon – worked their way back into the game to get some deserved reward.

“It was a tough place to come tonight, especially going 1-0 behind,” added Vokes.

“But the character of the boys was brilliant. We knew at times we probably weren’t at it on the night, but we found a way to get a result.

“That says a lot for our away performances this year. We’ve done it a lot of times away from home, especially at these big places.

“Popey made a great save from the penalty in the first half, which gave us a lift, and even when we went behind it didn’t feel like the game had gone away from us.

“We thought we were still in it. It made a difference when we brought the wide boys on and they got at the defenders and caused a bit of disruption at the back.

“We created a few chances and it was great getting the goal in the end.”

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