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1819 burnley ashley barnes 00 500x500Both Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes went into record books two days ago with Burnley’s game at Arsenal but they are very different records.

Barnes scored the Burnley goal and in doing so became only the fifth player to score goals against all of the top six since the start of the 2014/15 season when he made his Premier League debut. He joins an elite group that includes Sadio Mané, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jamie Vardy (who has achieved it in one season) and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The first of the six for Barnes was Tottenham when he scored our goal in a 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in December 2014. Eight days later he added Manchester City with the equaliser in the 2-2 draw at the Etihad. He scored again at Tottenham two days short of two years later and then scored at Liverpool in March 2017.

Last season , on Boxing Day, he scored at Manchester United and last April scored out goal in the 2-1 home defeat against Chelsea. Finally, two days ago, he added Arsenal to his list.

1819 burnley sam vokes 00 500x500He’s scored a total of 23 Premier League goals for Burnley, that’s more than any other player with Vokes in second place with 17 goals and Vokes set a record of his own and one with a difference at Arsenal.

When he came on for Barnes with 13 minutes remaining, it was his 236th league appearance (Premier League and Championship) for Burnley with 100 of those from the bench, becoming the first player ever, in league football, to be used 100 times by the Clarets as a substitute. He’s scored 8 of his 58 league goals coming off the bench.

He’s some way ahead of the rest of the field too with only six other players having reached the half century. Barnes is next with 58 sub appearances followed by Steven Thompson (57), Graham Branch (56), Ronnie Jepson (55), Paul Weller (53) and John Mullin (50). Jepson could only add four starts to those sub appearances.

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