PHOTOS: Burnley 1, Spurs 1
The 25-year-old, who made his comeback in the Boxing Day defeat to Liverpool when replacing Ashley Barnes as an 80th minute substitute, pulled away from his marker to convert Michael Kightly’s assist with little over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.
The striker, out since March when sustaining his injury against Leicester City, netted for the first time in nine-and-a-half months where he scored a penalty in a 2-0 triumph over Doncaster Rovers on home soil, his 22nd goal of the 2013/14 campaign.
After Sean Dyche named an unchanged starting XI for sixth successive Premier League matches, the Burnley boss opted to bring in full back Daniel Lafferty and winger Kightly at the expense of injured skipper Jason Shackell and midfielder David Jones.
With the Jimmy McIlroy Stand unused, and on the back of third round weekend, the tie at Turf Moor didn’t have too much of an FA Cup feel.
In 1962 the two sides played out a thrilling final at Wembley in front of guests of honour Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh and a six figure crowd.
Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith and Danny Blanchflower netted for Spurs in a 3-1 win over the Clarets for who Jimmy Robson scored.
Unfortunately, over half-a-century on, the fixture lacked such exhilaration in the opening 45 minutes, though a prize of Leicester City at home for the victor was hardly inspiring for either side.
In fact the only action of the first half saw goalkeeper Michael Vorm pluck George Boyd’s swinging corner off his line after the winger’s set-piece threatened to go in directly.
Paulinho then had a volley blocked by Kieran Trippier at the back post following Vlad Chiriches centre.
The hosts did find a route beyond the Spurs rearguard as the half wore on when Danny Ings nicked the ball off the boot of Ben Davies from Tom Heaton’s clearance, but once the England Under 21 international went down under the defender’s challenge referee Roger East controversially allowed play to continue.
After the break, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino introduced in-form striker Harry Kane at the expense of Benjamin Stambouli and moved to 4-4-2. Spurs instantly looked more of a threat.
Roberto Saldado’s sliced shot from inside the box was deflected wide for a corner after the visitors cut through Burnley’s right, defender Federico Fazio was the unlikely source to get on the end of Davies’s diagonal when heading in to the arms of Heaton, while Kane dragged an effort wide of the far post.
The home side responded through Ings as the leading scorer peeled off the shoulder of Davies to delicately cushion Trippier’s lofted pass before cutting inside and tested Vorm with a fizzing left-footed drive from the angle of the penalty area.
The deadlock was broken in the 56th minute and it was the away fans housed in the David Fishwick Stand that were celebrating.
Kane, fresh from his brace in a 5-3 thriller against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day, offloaded the ball to Davies on the left and his cross was controlled by the right foot of Nacer Chadli who switched to his left to smash a volley beyond Heaton. The goalscorer had been afforded far too much time and space from the penalty spot.
Heaton prevented the away side from doubling their advantage moments later when denying Kane at his near post after the substitute traded passes neatly with Christian Eriksen.
Both managers made changes at that point as Vokes replaced Ashley Barnes while Andros Townsend appeared against the Clarets for his sixth different club when coming on for Soldado.
Dean Marney lifted over the bar when getting on the end of an incisive build up from the Clarets involving Vokes and Boyd.
The cogs were starting to turn more convincingly for the home side who forced their opponents on the back foot. And their reward arrived in the 73rd minute courtesy of Vokes.
Scott Arfield held the ball up, fed Kightly who cut the ball back for the Welshman who, with great composure, swept in to the far corner.
After Vorm floated to hus left to deny Ings from distance and Chadli blazed over when cutting in to the box down the left hand side, Dyche withdrew Ings and Boyd and introduced Marvin Sordell and Ross Wallace.
The Clarets continued to press for the winner, but it was Kane that went closest to sealing the tie when uncharacteristically skewing his attempt in front of goal when manufacturing space from Davies’s pass.
That ensured the game ended 1-1 and a replay at White Hart Lane will determine the outcome.