-BURNLEY SEALS RETURN TO PREMIER LEAGUE
-A win at Turf Moor secured their immediate return to EPL
-Burnley confirmed their return to the Premier League just 359 days after dropping out of English football’s top tier.
Burnley seals return to premier league
Burnley football club has secured an instantaneous return to the Premier after claiming full 3 points away at Queen Park Rangers.
The Clarets began the game at Turf Moor needing a win to confirm a top-two finish and secure an automatic promotion after Brighton drew 1-1 at home to Derby earlier in the day.
A Sam Vokes headed goal from Dave Jones’ free-kick after a cagey first hour was enough to seal promotion at the first attempt.
Though the clarets are only two points clear of Middlesbrough and Brighton, they can only be overhauled by either as they face each other on the final day, provided Burnley lose their final game.
A win at relegated Charlton would confirm Burnley as the champions, while Boro and Brighton fight for the remaining automatic promotion spot on Saturday.
However, the Lancashire sides were far from their best against mid-table Rangers and survived a scare when Alejandro Faurlin hit the post with a long-range drive with 20 minutes to play.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton who has kept 19 clean sheets in 45 league appearances this season was also kept busy all through the game
Following relegation, they lost striker Danny Ings to Liverpool, full-back Kieran Trippier to Tottenham and captain Jason Shackell to Derby, but invested heavily in their squad as they prepared for a promotion challenge.
Joey Barton signed from Newcastle has added guile and experience to Burnley’s hitherto fragile midfield, while record signing Andre Gray has repaid his size able fee with 22 goals in 40 league appearances.
Wales’s international striker Vokes has been an unsung partner of Gray – his winner against QPR was his 14th league goal of the season and his 11th since the turn of the year.
Victory over QPR extended Burnley’s unbeaten run in the league to 22 games, the longest sequence in the division this season, with their last Championship defeat coming at Hull on 26 December.