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Sam Vokes hits the winner on 100th Premier League appearance

30 September 2018

Sam Vokes celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance with the goal that sent the Clarets climbing into mid-table.

Vokes marked his 89th Premier League game for the Clarets – the other 11 coming with Wolverhampton Wanderers – with the decisive strike as Sean Dyche’s men continued Cardiff’s winless start thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

And he admitted reaching the milestone was another special moment in his top-flight journey with the Clarets.

“It was nice to tick that off and a huge part of that has been with Burnley, which has shown the rise we’ve had since I’ve been here. It's been great to be part of that,” said Vokes, who is in eighth season at Turf Moor.

“And, of course, to get a goal on the day made it even better.

“Johann did really well and I was delighted when it hit the back of the net.

“It’s a great three points for us in the end.”

Vokes coolly headed home a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross to seal a first away win of the season as Burnley backed up victory over Bournemouth to make it six points from their last two games.

Gudmundsson had earlier opened his account for the campaign with a first headed goal in a Burnley shirt before Cardiff hit back through Josh Murphy’s fine finish in a frantic second half.

But Wales international Vokes made it a happy ‘homecoming’ as the Clarets – helped by another impressive performance from goalkeeper Joe Hart and some dogged defending – stood firm to secure a first win over Cardiff in 14 games in a freakish run stretching back to 2007.  

“We knew it was going to be tough and especially in the first half we had to dig in and defend for our lives, but it paid off in the end,” added the striker.

“We had a good chat at half-time and came back out and put in a good performance.

“We took the two chances that came our way and thankfully they helped us win the game.

“You could see when they equalised the crowd was right behind them and we had to dig in.

“It’s about waiting for those opportunities and when they come your way you’ve got to take them.”

From sitting at the bottom of the table after taking just one point from their opening five games, the Clarets have bounced back impressively.

And with Huddersfield Town – who are now propping up the rest – due at Turf Moor next Saturday, Vokes is looking to extend the run before another international break.

“That’s how important back-to-back wins are in this league. For us to get that over the last week was very important, and we’ll be looking to make that three in three next week,” he said.

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