Vokes brace pushes Burnley to brink of safety

"When you say he's a free agent, effectively he's a free agent, but that still brings an enormous cost to whichever club takes Jermain", said Pulis, ahead of Saturday's trip to Burnley.

The Clarets made just one adjustment to the side who won 2-0 at Crystal Palace last time out, with defender Kevin Long making his first Premier League appearance for the club.

Wilson has suffered from injury problems but returns at just the right time to perhaps impress Martin O'Neill ahead of a busy global schedule in June.

It was the Clarets who created the better first half chances.

Given Dyche's men also possess a -14 goal difference compared to 18th-placed Hull's -33, they can surely be safe in the knowledge they will be a top-flight team next season and have staved off instant Premier League relegation for the first time. On 20 minutes Vokes did well to turn a deflected George Boyd cross towards goal from in front of the near post, but Ben Foster reacted quickly to save with his feet.

Again Barnes and Vokes were involved.


The goal sparked Albion into life.

The 27-year-old Burnley striker scored the game's first and last goals, either side of a Salomon Rondon equaliser and a Craig Dawson header, to ensure both teams shared the points. "Should Gareth have just headed it away and not let Ben get involved?"

Burnley's safety is yet to be officially confirmed, but the odds-on favourites to be relegated at the start of the season are now eight points above the drop-zone. Subs: Andre Gray (on for Barnes) 5, Robbie Brady (on for Boyd) 6, Johann Berg Gudmundsson (on for Arfield) 6.

"People who have been giving us stick don't understand". The Republic of Ireland worldwide clipped in a free-kick which Ben Foster came for and then stopped and he found himself in no man's land as Vokes looped a header over him and into an empty net.

It was the least Burnley deserved and it should be enough.

Coupled with Stephen Ward, a large section of the Irish national side are plying their trade at Turf Moor. They continue to make history.

  • Sylvester Abbott