Thursday 29 September 2016

Burnley seal Premier League promotion as they close in on Championship title

Published 02/05/2016 | 18:51

Burnley's Sam Vokes, centre, celebrates scoring his side's winner
Burnley's Sam Vokes, centre, celebrates scoring his side's winner

Sam Vokes sealed Burnley's return to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt with a brilliant headed winner against QPR kicking off a promotion party at Turf Moor.

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Sean Dyche's side came into the match knowing victory would guarantee them a top-two finish in the Sky Bet Championship and the Wales international delivered a 1-0 victory in the 61st minute, rising highest to convert David Jones' free-kick.

Few could argue the Clarets deserve to retake their place at the top table, and the record-breaking riches that will follow next term, having stretched their unbeaten run to 22 matches dating back to Boxing Day.

They suffered a mild bout of stage fright in the first half but controlled the second, proving they are the division's most efficient outfit, loaded with grit, determination and pedigree goalscorers.

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