Sam Vokes describes how he felt following strike against Tottenham

Vokes got the equalising goal in the FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham, his first since returning from a serious knee injury.

Burnley striker Sam Vokes got his first goal since returning from a serious knee injury to salvage a replay for the club against Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Monday in a 1-1 draw.

After Nacer Chadli had given the visitors the lead, Vokes was the man to salvage something from the game at Turf Moor and he said it meant the world to him to get his first goal.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “It puts nine months’ work into perspective really, it was a great feeling to get back out there and score. It was all a bit of a blur.

“I’ve got to thank all the staff behind the scenes, from the physios to the sports scientists who have put a lot of hours and hard work in with my rehab.

“It has been a long haul and it’s all worthwhile now and I’d like to think I’d get a few more now.”

Not only is it a big positive for Vokes but also for manager Sean Dyche. Though he won't want to put much pressure on Vokes to perform, but for him to back in amongst the goals not so long after his return from injury - he came on as a substitute in the Boxing Day defeat to Liverpool - it must be a welcome sight for the Burnley boss as they look to survive in the Premier League this season. 

They have shown signs of competing with the best sides in the division in recent weeks. They were unlucky to lose out to Tottenham in the league at White Hart Lane, and they put in an impressive performance against Liverpool - but they have come away with some commendable results against the likes of Southampton and Newcastle United in recent weeks.

Burnley are just a point from safety so are not in too bad a position, it's certainly a situation where they can improve and secure their Premier League status from this term. Vokes amongst the goals will be a big plus.

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