BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche was happy to silence a doubter among the Turf Moor faithful after his inspired substitution rescued a 1-1 derby day draw against Blackburn.
Rovers were forced to weather a first-half storm before taking the lead when Jordan Rhodes glanced home Mauro Formica’s cross to claim his 13th goal of the season.
Henning Berg’s men appeared to be playing out the victory in relative comfort before the 86th minute introduction of muscular forward Sam Vokes unsettled their defence and resulted in the Wales international’s headed equaliser three minutes later.
Afterwards, ex-Chesterfield legend Dyche revealed he heard a home fan question the wisdom of sending Vokes on just before he took the place of midfielder Chris McCann.
“Someone shouted in the stand about Vokesy going on, ‘What’s he going to do in five minutes?’ - that’s always an interesting one, I think. But I’m sure he’ll retract those words after a fine finish.”
Burnley found visiting goalkeeper Paul Robinson in inspired form during the first half and the former England international punctuated the barrage with magnificent saves from Charlie Austin and Martin Paterson.
Understandably, Dyche felt his side’s endeavours merited a point at the very least.
“In the first half I though we were very dominant on every level,” he said. “You want to shift the ball, you want to keep it, but you have to penetrate and I thought we penetrated on many occasions and came across two centre-halves and a keeper in fine form in the first half.
“They got back into it with a spell when it wasn’t great football but rough and tumble and then got a goal probably against the grain a bit on the break - a breakaway goal that we were disappointed with.
“But once again the mentality of the group was fantastic.
“I thought we thoroughly deserved the minimum of a point and probably, on reflection, all three.
Berg was denied a second win in his seventh game since being installed as Blackburn boss and identified some rash defending in the closing minutes as the cause for two points dropped.
“We defended better, higher up on the pitch in the second half,” Berg said.
“We’d been defending those free-kicks and corners all day long fantastically well.”