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Clarets striker Sam Vokes surpassed his best ever seasonal tally, but his 13th goal of the term wasn’t enough to claim maximum points against Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.

The home side trudged off the pitch in disbelief at the sound of referee Stuart Atwell’s full-time whistle, as their second half dominance went unrewarded.

Sam Vokes fires Burnley into the lead.

Sam Vokes fires Burnley into the lead.

Sean Dyche’s men threw everything at the away side, committing men forward in a spirited search for a winner, but the woodwork, Chris Kirkland and various limbs of opposition players intervened on a plethora of occasions.

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But despite the disappointment of failing to dispose of the Owls, the 1-1 draw stretches Burnley’s unbeaten record on home soil to 17 games, though Wednesday are now eight unbeaten at Turf Moor.

However, take the result and the performance with a pinch of perspective. Wednesday, governed by former Clarets caretaker boss Stuart Gray, went in to the clash on the back of a 6-0 triumph over Leeds United, and have claimed the scalps of Reading, leaders Leicester, Watford and Blackpool in recent outings, though that won’t soften the blow of missing out on a deserved three points.

Sam Vokes celebrates his goal with Danny Ings and Dean Marney.

Sam Vokes celebrates his goal with Danny Ings and Dean Marney.

The Clarets looked destined to take the advantage in to the break when striker Sam Vokes drilled through the legs of Chris Kirkland in the 43rd minute.

But the away side responded immediately when Chris Maguire lashed home at the far post once Oguchi Onyewu’s header from Connor Wickham’s set-piece fell in to his path.

After an uncertain start to the fixture, the hosts persevered and finally found a route through the Owls rearguard when Kirkland raced off his line to foil Danny Ings once Vokes’s header over a static Onyewu found his team-mate, before visiting skipper Glenn Loovens diverted Keith Treacy’s effort wide.

Moments later, Wednesday went close to crafting the breakthrough when Wickham’s deft flick deep inside the penalty area rolled invitingly in to the path of Kieran Lee who was spectacularly denied by a last ditch challenge from David Jones.

Kirkland then produced a save for the cameras as he tipped over Ings’s 25-yard drive after the striker had strode infield, while at the other end Caolan Lavery’s crisp finish whistled wide of the far post after his cushioned first touch had taken him beyond Michael Duff.

Treacy epitomised Burnley’s fight and spirit midway through the half when chasing what looked to be a lost cause from Duff’s pass down the flank, but the winger beat Joe Mattock to the byeline and crossed for Vokes whose goalbound effort was deflected wide by strike partner Ings.

From that point the hosts looked more convincing, working the space intricately, and Marney should have hit the target when Vokes slipped a clever pass in to the box, but with Kirkland to beat the midfielder poked wide of the near post.

With minutes remaining in the half, after Tom Heaton had turned Wickham’s low effort around the post, the Clarets opened the scoring. Once again the Owls defence was caught standing when Marney lifted a pass in to Vokes and the striker made no mistake when firing past Kirkland first time.

However, the home side failed to keep hold of that lead until half-time. Unable to clear their lines from a Wickham free-kick, the Clarets were punished by Maguire who smashed an effort past Heaton from inside the six-yard box.

The Clarets were relentless after the break, but they couldn’t convert their pressure in to a match winner.

The away side went close early in the half, when Wickham’s effort looped up off the boot of Duff, but Heaton re-adjusted his position superbly to get a strong glove to the ball and divert the shot to safety.

Ings hooked a half-volley from an acute angle wide of the far post from Kieran Trippier’s assist as the momentum resumed in the home side’s favour, before Duff guided a header over the bar when unmarked from Treacy’s free-kick.

The high-pressing nature of Burnley’s two banks of four continued to restrict Wednesday’s ball retention, while Ings and Vokes led the line impeccably in the final third. And that ethos forced the next opening when Vokes twisted and turned inside the area before cutting the ball back to David Jones who saw his effort headed off the line by Liam Palmer - son of Carlton - who had retreated behind his goalkeeper.

Soon after, Scott Arfield infiltrated the space in behind after profiting from Palmer’s slip, but with options square the midfielder drilled across the face of goal.

The game was entertainingly open, and the visitors broke at pace on numerous occasions, and one such foray forward sparked a moment of controversy when Maguire was upended inside the box, but much to the relief of the home support Atwell reached in to his pocket and produced a yellow card for the Owl, insinuating that he went to ground far too easily. And moments later, with bodies in more favourable positions to bhis left and right, Wickham dragged wide of the post from the edge of the box.

Dyche then introduced new signing Ashley Barnes for his home debut when replacing Treacy in the 82nd minute, as the Clarets reverted to a forward three, with the former Brighton man coming in from the left.

Duff blazed over again when Jones’s corner fell kindly for the defender at the back post, while in the closing stages of the match Ings was denied by both the upright

and Kirkland. First, with the hosts claiming for a penalty once Barnes was grounded inside the area, Ings swivelled expertly, striking the foot of the post on the volley.

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Just after, with team-mates square, Kirkland plunged to his right to save well after the striker had cut past his marker.

But Kirkland was to save his best until last. Deep in to time added on, after Barnes did exceptionally well to beat Palmer and provide the cross, Ings’s effort looked destined for the inside of the post, but Kirkland flew to his left to turn the attempt around the upright.

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