Sam Vokes put nine months of injury hell behind him with the equaliser as Burnley held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw in their third round FA Cup tie at Turf Moor.
Making just his second substitute appearance since rupturing his cruciate ligament in March, Vokes produced a neat side-foot finish in the 73rd-minute to cancel out Nacer Chadli’s 56-minute opener and force a replay at White Hart Lane.
With the winner set to face Leicester City in the next round, manager Sean Dyche was encouraged by the result against a Spurs side fresh off a 5-3 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea, and also reserved special praise for his fit-again striker.
“It was a game of very few chances. They made seven changes and had a team only £130m worth,” he told the BBC.
“It was a lacklustre game, with little atmosphere. We did everything to try and get a result.
"The massive plus is Sam Vokes getting a goal on his recovery. He is on his way back to full fitness. Our mentality is solid and our physicality is outstanding."
Having netted 20 goals in 39 Championship appearances last season, having Vokes back in the fold will be a big boost to Burnley’s survival hopes over the coming months, and fans seem just as delighted as their manager to see the Welshman make a successful return.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL SAM VOKES! VOKESY VOKESY VOKESY! #twitterclarets— No Nay Never (@NoNayNeverNet) January 5, 2015
Great to see Sam Vokes back in action, and on the scoresheet once more. A proper goalscorer. #TwitterClarets— Sam Brandon (@sambrandon_) January 5, 2015
Much better second half. Can't say I'm thrilled about a replay. Great to see Sam on the scoresheet. #twitterclarets— AJC (@Gingerclaret) January 5, 2015
Ings, Vokes up front. Barnes on the bench. Perfect strike force— Tom Lawrence (@Tom_MG_L) January 5, 2015
My boy Vokes is back, watch the Ings/Vokes partnership bang now— Tom Sivers (@TomSivers) January 5, 2015
Pleased for Sam Vokes scoring after being out for Yonkers— Scott Lanyon (@thesplanyon2010) January 5, 2015
Great to see Sam Vokes score tonight on only his 2nd game back. A fair result at the end of a boring game. Replay a week on Wednesday— George Poole (@GeorgePuddle) January 5, 2015
Fair result after a pretty lacklustre game, tho replay not ideal. Good to see Vokes score as he makes his return to action. #TwitterClarets— James Benson (@bensonjs) January 5, 2015