The first of three promotion places from the Championship to the Premier League has been decided as Burnley today became the 19th side to go straight back up having been relegated the previous season.
The failure of rivals Middlesbrough and Brighton to win at the weekend meant that Sean Dyche’s side could achieve promotion with a win against Queens Park Rangers at Turf Moor – which they managed thanks to a brilliant Sam Vokes header to give them a 1-0 victory.
Sam Vokes with a brilliant header which could send Burnley to the PL. Have a look at the fans reaction as well! SS1 https://t.co/RyS8pcEvco
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The Clarets are now unbeaten in 22 Championship matches – last tasting defeat on December 26th – and their points total of 90 leaves them just three points short of their haul when they last achieved promotion in 2014.
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More importantly, it means that due to Middlesbrough and Brighton playing against each other next week, Burnley cannot slip to third place in the table. They are not guaranteed to go up as champions yet, but that will not matter to them right now in the slightest.
Next year will be their third year in the Premier League. They are yet to survive for longer than one year – Dyche will be hoping that their experience of being relegated in 2015 – along with the example set by the likes of Bournemouth and Watford this year – will give them hope of staying in the league for more than a fleeting visit this time.
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The final automatic spot will be decided this weekend when Brighton travel to the Riverside knowing they have to beat Middlesbrough to achieve promotion – the hosts simply have to avoid defeat.
The loser drops into the playoff spots along with Hull, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.