Burnley 3-1 Nottingham Forest: Vokes The Toast Of Turf Moor

Sam Vokes was the toast of Turf Moor as Burnley battered beleaguered Nottingham Forest.

The Claret’s haven’t lost at home this season and that didn’t look like changing as they ran riot in an opening 35-minute spell that saw Sean Dyche’s score three goals.

Billy Davies’ squad was reduced to the bare bones as he was hit by more than half a dozen injuries, and his starting eleven couldn’t cope with Burnley’s fire power as they put the game out of reach.

It took just twelve minutes for the hosts to open the scoring, with Scott Arfield netting his sixth of the season.

The lively winger had already worried the visitors when a mazy run led to a deflected shot from Danny Ings that was cleared off the line.

And minutes later, he nutmegged his man on the edge of the box before leaving Karl Darlow red-faced as he smashed a shot under the ‘keeper and into the net.

Michael Kightly then twice came close before the home side doubled their lead through hotshot Sam Vokes.

The Welsh international had full-back Kieran Trippier to thank for a stunning assist, as he skipped past his man before fizzing a cross into Vokes who headed home at the back post.

He was unlucky not to add a second moments later when his drilled effort produced a fine save.

But by the 35th minute he got his reward, netting Ben Mee’s pull-back with a deflected shot that looped over the ‘keeper and dribbled over the line.

Forest started on the front foot after the break as Tom Heaton saved from Djamel Abdoun before Jamaal Lascelles saw header rattle the cross-bar.

And defender Lascelles was unlucky for a second time after the hour when he powered another effort goalwards, only for Trippier to clear off the line.

Burnley then wasted a trio of chances themselves, with the usually deadly Danny Ings twice firing off target before David Jones found the side netting.

And the visitors were then handed a life-line in the 79th minute when they were awarded a penalty for a trip on sub Simon Cox.

Abdoun stepped up to take the spot kick and his effort was initially saved by Heaton, but he followed through to nod home.

And after Jamie Paterson bashed a shot past the far post for Forest, Danny Collins missed a fine shot to make it 3-2 with a scuffed shot that slid wide.

Clarets boss Dyche said: “I don’t think the game’s ever over at half-time – but the performance warranted it to be.

An angry Forest chief Davies said: “We never handled them. In the first 45 minutes their team competed and worked and battled much better than we did.”

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