Burnley manager Sean Dyche was delighted with his super-sub Sam Vokes who netted a vital equaliser late on to force a 1-1 draw at Leeds United on Saturday.
Italian Mirco Antenucci was handed a place on the bench for the opening match at Elland Road in the Sky Bet Championship this term, despite finishing last season as the club’s top scorer with 10 goals. Chris Wood, the new signing from Leicester, led the attack but fluffed two excellent chances and in contrast Antenucci rifled a superb opening goal in the 83rd minute – just 13 minutes after entering the fray. Burnley, though, had a swift answer as substitute and former Leeds loanee Vokes climbed to head the equaliser from Tendayi Darikwa’s cross three minutes later.
“They were great finishes by their lad and ours,” Dyche said. “I was very pleased with Sam’s attitude. He has got over his injury and his sharpness is coming back.”
Asked whether Vokes could fill the gap left by Danny Ings’ move to Liverpool, Dyche said: “People kept asking how I was going to replace Danny but that wasn’t bad at all.
“It was a really tough fixture on paper and overall I think it was the right result for both teams, with lots of effort and desire. We have a belief that we won’t go under and that was the case again when we went a goal down.
“We came to Leeds with a never-say-die attitude, which really pleased me. We are still in the market for players, though we don’t have the money paid by some clubs.”