Burnley 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Football can be a cruel, cruel game at times.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 19th March 2016, 6:06 pm
Sam Vokes celebrates his opener

Deep in to stoppage time, with the Clarets leading through an exquisite Sam Vokes header, Championship strugglers MK Dons had the chance to level from the spot against Brighton.

In that moment Sean Dyche's side were faced with the prospect of moving eight points clear of the Seagulls in the race for the Premier League.

However, like Matt Taylor's missed spot kick against Leicester City last season, everything turned in a matter of seconds.

Sam Vokes celebrates his opener

Already hit slightly by Middlesbrough's late winner against Hull City, Carl Baker rubbed salt in to the wounds as he put his spot kick wide.

And, as news of that filtered through, Wolves equalised to leave the fixture against Chris Hughton's men at the AMEX Stadium after the international break very interesting.

The first 45 minutes was a quiet affair, starved of any goalmouth action, though both sides carved out an opening apiece.

Joey Barton's incisive pass, rendering the away side's midfield redundant, picked out Scott Arfield, the adopted Canadian international slipped in Sam Vokes off the shoulder of Kortney Hause but Danny Batth did well to get ahead of Andre Gray to turn the Welshman's cross for a corner.

Sam Vokes celebrates his opener

Wolves were almost gifted the opener by a calamitous spell for the Clarets. George Saville applied the pressure to force Barton back to Tom Heaton, the goalkeeper's wayward clearance was seized upon by Saville but the midfielder fizzed his effort against Ben Mee.

The visitors pressed after the break as Jed Wallace, Jack Price and Conor Coady all went close.

Clarets skipper Heaton gathered at his post as Wallace volleyed through a crowd, Price then struck the upright with an attempt from outside the box while Coady sliced in to the stands.

Michal Zyro then missed the target with a header from Wallace's delivery after furtively giving Michael Keane a shove to work the space on the penalty spot.

Saville then fired in to the arms of Heaton from Jeremy Helan's pull back once the full back was found superbly by Zyro.

However, the Clarets struck against the run of play as Vokes scored his 10th goal in 14th games with a splendid header.

Barton supplied the cross and the striker's header arced over Carl Ikeme to give the hosts the lead.

Saville drove harmlessly wide as the home side looked for a way back in to the game but disaster struck deep in to stoppage time.

As news of Carl Baker's missed penalty for MK Dons against Brighton filtered through, Baath towered to meet substitute Nathan Byrne's corner and bury a header beyond Heaton to equalise.