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Vokes Joy At Crucial Goal

Sam delighted to deliver for the fans on historic night at Pittodrie

26 July 2018

Sam Vokes wrote his name into the Clarets’ history books with the club’s first goal in European football for 51 years.

The striker bridged a gap stretching back to the legendary Brian Miller in a Fairs Cup quarter-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in 1967.

And he was delighted to make his mark with the crucial strike that earned the Clarets a 1-1 draw at Aberdeen in the first leg of their Europa League second qualifying round tie.

“It’s great to be part of that and great to be involved in a squad that’s doing something special,” said Vokes after he had volleyed home the 80th-minute equaliser and a potentially vital away goal at Pittodrie.

“The last few years we’ve been breaking those records so it’s good to be part of it.

“It’s nice for myself, but as a team it was an important night tonight and it was good we didn’t lose.

“As a squad we knew last season when we qualified it’s a new thing for most of us.

“We’ve never played European club football and we want to go as far as we can and get to the group stage.

“We know there are some tough hurdles. Tonight was the first one and it was a good night overall.

“We knew whatever the result we wanted to take at least a goal back to Turf Moor.

“We can build on this and hopefully be a lot stronger come next Thursday night.”

Aberdeen had been unbeaten in their previous eight home qualifiers in the Europa League.

And Derek McInnes’ side, which finished as runners-up for a fourth successive time in the Scottish Premiership last season, showed why as they pushed Burnley all the way.

Gary Mackay-Steven’s 19th-minute penalty, steered past substitute goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard after Nick Pope had gone off injured, had Pittodrie rocking.

But Vokes’ goal was a reward for an impressive second-half fightback and the near 2,000 Burnley fans who made the 340-mile trip north.

“It’s still early in pre-season for us and to come into a competitive game was always going to be tough in a cup-like atmosphere,” added the Wales international.

“To walk out tonight and see the away fans in that corner – it was a great atmosphere and they made it for us.

“They travelled in their numbers for a game they have waited a long time for.

“It was important we got the result we wanted and we can take it back for the fans again next Thursday.

“There’s no better night than at Turf Moor under the lights. It’s going to be another big one.

“I’m sure Aberdeen will bring the fans down and it will be a similar night and hopefully we can get the job done.”

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