SUBSTITUTE Sam Vokes sent Turf Moor in to raptures as he grabbed a late equaliser for the Clarets in the East Lancashire derby.
The striker, who replaced midfielder Chris McCann, cancelled out Jordan Rhodes's 68th minute opener when glancing Junior Stanislas's delightful, inswinging set-piece past Paul Robinson to spark ecstacy in the stands.
And it was the least the home side deserved from the Championship derby as they dominated for the majority of the fixture, showing glimpses of quality against an ordinary Rovers side.
Sean Dyche's side created a decent opening within the first 10 minutes when Martin Paterson's poor pull back saw the chance to tee up Charlie Austin go to waste, but Ross Wallace fired over the angle as the ball found a way through to him.
The Clarets continued to press, as Rovers chased the ball like chicken farmers attempting to catch their poultry, and again it was down the right where the Clarets found their joy. Neither Martin Olsson or Morten Gamst Pedersen had an answer for the drive of Kieran Trippier and Wallace and it was the pair that combined to work an opening for Chris McCann who sliced wide from the edge of the box.
At times the away side were under siege, the away following silenced, and as Trippier's cross penetrated the Rovers backline once more, Scott Dann was forced to lunge at Charlie Austin as the defender superbly blocked the striker's volley.
Even skipper Jason Shackell got in on the action, rifling over the bar following Wallace's and Dean Marney's clever short corner routine which saw the latter force Robinson to palm the ball in to the path of the defender.
Henning Berg's outfit appeared clueless at times, showing no intention of getting the ball on the deck and stringing together passages of play, opting instead to hit the high ball towards the imposing frame of Colin Kazim-Richards.
Therefore it was left for the hosts to force the play, showing patience and intricacy in their build up play. As the Clarets bypassed the Rovers midfield once more, Wallace stormed infield from the right before unleashing a stinging left-footed drive that Robinson spilled before Austin forced the corner. From Wallace's resulting set-piece, Marney provided the dummy though Austin only snatched at the ball from the penalty spot.
The striker thought he'd opened the scoring moments later from Wallace's teasing cross but Robinson thwarted his bullet header with a sensational, reflex save. The Rovers stopper was called in to action again five minutes from the interval, tipping Martin Paterson's delicate effort from 20 yards around the post.
Rovers lacked the invention or ability to carve a genuine opening in the first period, with there only shot on goal being a desperate Rhodes effort that found the top tier of the Jimmy McIlroy stand.
The complexion changed slightly in the second half, inspired by the introduction of Joshua King who replaced the anonymous Pedersen. King's pace, presence and purpose forced the Clarets rearguard on the back foot at times as Rovers were able to make the ball stick in the final third.
Prior to his introduction Wallace's left-footed attempted floated past the post as he cut in from the right touchline, but moments after he assisted Rovers's best opening of the game, using his strength to hold up play before feeding Kazim-Richards who bent a deft effort around the post with the outside of his boot.
The visitors were enjoying their best spell of the derby at this point, though rarely looked threatening. However, Turf Moor was stunned in to silence and disbelief when Rhodes, who hadn't had a sniff for over an hour, buried Mauro Formica's cross with a neat, diving header that had Lee Grant well beaten.
After Shackell lifted over the top from Austin's knock down both managers made changes. Junior Stanislas and Danny Ings replaced Paterson and Brian Stock respectively for the Clarets while Simon Vukcevic replaced Formica for Rovers.
The directness of Burnley's two subs forced the home side back in to the ascendency, though still they failed to forge a way through due to the excellent central pairing of Dann and Adam Henley who proved impenetrable. The pair won the majority of their aerial battles throughout the afternoon, which prompted Dyche to introduce Vokes as the clock ticked down.
And it worked. With just a minute of normal time remaining referee Lee Mason awarded Stanislas a free and the former Hammer whipped in a delightful cross to the far post which Vokes touched beyond Robinson. It was a special moment, one that will be remebered for a while. The Clarets may not have taken three points, but it was the first goal in almost 34 years, since Peter Noble scored a 43rd minute goal in a 2-1 win over Rovers in the old Second Division, that the Clarets had scored against their oldest rivals on home soil.
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