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Vokes: We're Up For The Fight

Top scorer Sam Vokes takes heart from Clarets' bravery as big games loom

26 November 2018

Sam Vokes backed Burnley to stand up to the challenges ahead after defeat to Newcastle United left them just one place above the Premier League’s bottom three.

Vokes scored his fifth goal of the season with a stunning header to spark a rousing Turf Moor fightback.

But two early goals were ultimately enough of a margin for Rafa Benitez’s side to hang on and record a third successive win.

The 2-1 defeat means Burnley are just a point clear of the relegation places but Vokes believes they showed the qualities needed to improve their position.

“We’ve got to be realistic, we’re in that battle now,” said the Clarets’ leading scorer.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, starting at Crystal Palace at the weekend, and if we can take the positives from tonight into that I’m sure we will be okay.

“It’s been a frustrating part to our season. We do feel the performances have been there, it’s just been turning those performances into goals and results.

“I’m sure it will follow. We’ve got a strong team and a very strong squad now and we’ll look back to bounce back.

“We’ve got some tough games coming up and some games where we need to be brave as we were tonight and take them on.”

Burnley went 2-0 down after just 23 minutes and could have been looking at another damaging result as their winless run extended to six games.

But Sean Dyche’s men showed plenty of character to stem the tide and launch a fightback that could have denied United a first win at Turf Moor since Boxing Day, 1975.

“There’s a frustration from the fans, we understand that, but it’s important to put that to one side when you’re on the pitch and keep that bravery to go and play,” Vokes added.

“I think we took it to them, especially for the last 15 minutes of the first half and all of the second half I thought the pressure was with us.

“It’s important we remember what we’re about and keep those performances coming and I’m sure the results will follow.

“It’s easy at 2-0 down, when they get two goals in that manner, to kind of go under I suppose.

“But we showed that bravery to go and play and take it to them. The goals didn’t come, but I think the performance was there.”

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