Sam Vokes rescues draw for Burnley against Blackburn
Burnley manager Sean Dyche was happy to silence a doubter among the Turf Moor faithful after his inspired substitution rescued a 1-1 derby day draw against Blackburn.
Rovers were forced to weather a first-half storm before taking the lead when Jordan Rhodes glanced home Mauro Formica's cross to claim his 13th goal of the season.
Henning Berg's men appeared to be playing out the victory in relative comfort before the 86th minute introduction of muscular forward Sam Vokes, in place of midfielder Chris McCann, unsettled their defence and resulted in the Wales international's headed equaliser three minutes later.
Dyche said: "Someone shouted in the stand about Vokesy going on, 'What's he going to do in five minutes?' - that's always an interesting one, I think. But I'm sure he'll retract those words after a fine finish."
Burnley found visiting goalkeeper Paul Robinson in inspired form during the first half and the former England international punctuated the barrage with magnificent saves from Charlie Austin and Martin Paterson.
Dyche added: "In the first half I though we were very dominant on every level. I thought we penetrated on many occasions and came across two centre-halves and a keeper in fine form in the first half.
"Overall I must say I thought we thoroughly deserved the minimum of a point and probably, on reflection, all three. To give the fans that goal at the end was really important because it would have been a bit of a travesty to come away from that with nothing."
Berg was denied a second win in his seventh game since being installed as Blackburn boss and identified some rash defending in the closing minutes as the cause for two points dropped. Vokes decisively got on the end of Junior Stanislas' free-kick after Rovers' backline repelled a series of similar set-piece deliveries.
"We defended better, higher up on the pitch in the second half," Berg said. "We'd been defending those free-kicks and corners all day long fantastically well. I have to give credit to the back four and goalkeeper and two central midfield players - fantastic."
The former Blackburn centre-back added: "We were very, very close to getting a great result. If we took a little bit better care of the ball, (had) a little bit more mental strength then we could have won the game. But 1-1 here is not my worst result."
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