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Sunday 20 August 2017

Burnley v West Brom - the story of the match

Sam Vokes, right, scored twice for Burnley
Sam Vokes, right, scored twice for Burnley

Sam Vokes' second-half brace denied West Brom a first away victory of 2017 and earned Burnley a 2-2 draw that virtually confirmed their Premier League survival.

After a forgettable first half, Vokes' 56th-minute opener ignited proceedings at Turf Moor, with the Baggies scoring twice in 12 minutes through Salomon Rondon and Craig Dawson having previously gone nearly nine hours without a goal.

Yet a first victory on their travels since New Year's Eve would elude them as Vokes capitalised on Ben Foster's poor decision to come for a free-kick to level late on, taking the Clarets to 40 points, six clear of the bottom three with two to play, while they also boast a considerably superior goal difference to 18th-placed Hull.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

West Brom finally end their scoring drought - https://twitter.com/liamblackburn/status/860877775892357120

STAR MAN

Vokes. His two goals were crucial for Burnley and he might have had a hat-trick had Foster not denied him with his foot in the first period.

STAT OF THE MATCH

West Brom had gone eight hours and 51 minutes without scoring before Rondon levelled. And there was just 12 minutes between his effort and Dawson's second.

REF WATCH

Referee Mike Jones was considering awarding a penalty after Ashley Barnes was taken down by Jake Livermore, but he allowed play to continue, despite his assistant flagging, and Burnley benefited as Vokes turned home Barnes' centre for the opener.

RATINGS

Burnley

Tom Heaton 6 (Out of 10)

Matt Lowton 5

Kevin Long 6

James Tarkowski 5

Stephen Ward 6

George Boyd 6

Jeff Hendrick 6

Ashley Westwood 7

Scott Arfield 6

Ashley Barnes 7

Sam Vokes 8

Substitutes

Andre Gray (on for Barnes) 5

Robbie Brady (on for Boyd) 6

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (on for Arfield) 6

West Brom

Ben Foster 5

Craig Dawson 6

Jonny Evans 6

Gareth McAuley 6

Marc Wilson 5

Darren Fletcher 6

Sam Field 6

Jake Livermore 5

Chris Brunt 7

James McClean 7

Salomon Rondon 7

Substitutes

Allan Nyom (on for Evans) 6

James Morrison (on for Field) 6

Claudio Yacob (on for Wilson) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Bournemouth v Burnley (May 13, Premier League)

West Brom v Chelsea (May 12, Premier League)

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