Monday, 3 December 2012

Sam Vokes Historic Goal Earns Burnley A Share of Spoils

Sam Vokes dramatic late header saved Burnley from more derby day hell.

The Clarets have not claimed East Lancashire bragging rights since 1979.

And the pain of losing to their neighbours from 13 miles up the road could be heard in the voices of Burnley fans as they urged their side on in the final seconds.

Vokes rewarded them by getting his head to Junior Stanislas' free-kick and cancelling out Jordan Rhodes opener in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: “Someone shouted from the crowd when Sam went on, 'What's he going to do in five minutes?'

That was an interesting one. I hope he retracts that now.

What he showed was the character this team has. When its so far against you historically, it's time to turn it around and we so nearly did.

To give the fans that goal was really important. It would have been a travesty to come away with nothing.”

Despite Vokes netting the first goal scored by a Burnley player in this fixture at Turf Moor since Boxing Day 1978, Rovers still have a hoodoo hold on this tie.

The battling draw stretched their unbeaten run against the Clarets to ten games.

And boss Henning Berg said: “We were very close to get getting a great result. It would have been a fantastic win.

We were giving away too many free-kicks in dangerous areas towards the end and it was one free-kick too many that cost us.”

Burnley's barrage of the Blackburn defence was a constant theme in the match.

In the first half it certainly brought the best out of Paul Robinson.

The keeper would have lost his place for this derby if Rovers had succeeded in bringing back Brad Friedel on loan.

But boss Berg was indebted to the man he tried to dump as Robinson made two superb stops in the space of five first half minutes.

He flew to his left and got a strong glove to Charlie Austin's header to deny the 21-goal hitman.

And then he got down quickly to tip away Martin Paterson's low drive.

Robinson thought he had seen off the worst Burnley could throw at him.

Once Rovers striker Joshua King was introduced off the bench, the game swung dramatically in the visitor's favour.

Loan signing King set up Colin Kazim-Richards up for a shot with the outside of right foot that zipped just wide

But Rhodes was not as wasteful in the 68th minute. When Adam Henley cleverly worked Mauro Formica free to cross the £8m man came alive.

He battled his way in front of his marker and clincally glanced a header past the dive of Lee Grant.

That goal looked enough to secure the points. That was until Stanislas won a free-kick in the final minute and floated a ball into the box.

Vokes rose between defenders to gain hero status by nodding in and nearly nicked a winner, but nodded over in stoppage time.

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