Vincent Kompany’s Burnley secured their instant return to the Premier League as a second-half winner from Connor Roberts earned a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough.
All of the Championship leaders wanted to realize promotion was victory on the Riverside Stadium, and the Clarets took simply 12 minutes to interrupt the impasse when Ashley Barnes tapped dwelling Josh Brownhill’s shot from shut vary.
Middlesbrough, who went into the sport unbeaten in 11 dwelling matches, aimed to take care of that document after half-time and equalised by means of Chuba Akpom’s penalty following Josh Cullen’s foul on Cameron Archer.
However Roberts turned the Turf Moor cult hero when he tapped dwelling Nathan Tella’s cross simply after the hour mark – which was sufficient for Burnley to safe their most priceless three factors of the season.
Roberts makes it 2-1 to Burnley towards Middlesbrough
Promotion from the Championship has been secured by Burnley with seven video games to spare – a Championship document.
A return to the highest flight has additionally been achieved on the first time of asking following the membership’s relegation from the Premier League 11 months in the past, whereas subsequent season will see Kompany reunite with the competitors he gained 4 occasions as a Manchester Metropolis participant.
How Burnley sealed the deal
After Luton have been held to a goalless draw at Millwall, Kompany’s Clarets have been tasked with a easy order of yet another win to seal their Premier League return.
And it took only a dozen minutes for Burnley to interrupt the impasse. Anass Zaroury beat Tommy Smith down the left wing and the Clarets labored the ball effectively throughout the pitch.
Ashley Barnes deflects the ball into the again of the online and Burnley lead 1-0
Ultimately, captain Brownhill hit a low shot in the direction of aim and striker Barnes was there to divert the shot previous Zack Steffen and into the again of the online.
It might have been a second for the Clarets shortly afterwards when Tella broke away from the defence, however the in-form Burnley ahead by some means put his one-on-one effort large of the close to publish with Steffen overwhelmed.
Michael Carrick’s Boro, who need to be part of Burnley as a promoted crew come the top of the season, supplied little going forwards within the opening interval, with their closing ball letting them down.
Barnes celebrates placing Burnley 1-0 up
They might solely drive Burnley goalkeeper Ante Muric right into a spilled cross, with Akpom and Darragh Lenihan spooning good efforts over.
However Carrick’s facet confirmed far more endeavour as soon as the second-half whistle rang – with the hosts needing simply 4 minutes to revive parity.
After Muric punched away underneath strain from Akpom, a penalty-box scramble noticed Cullen tangle his legs with Archer’s, leaving the referee no different possibility however to level to the spot. Akpom comfortably stepped as much as blast previous Muric for his twenty sixth league aim of the season.
Cameron Archer is fouled within the field, and Chuba Akpom converts for Boro to make it 1-1
An end-to-end encounter ensued as Burnley tried to wrestle again management. Barnes put two efforts over the bar, whereas Aaron Ramsey hit a near-post shot straight at Muric on the close to publish.
Kompany’s Burnley stepped up a couple of gears in a five-minute spell that culminated of their match-winning second. Tella, performed onside by Paddy McNair, was launched on the suitable and crossed for Roberts who had the easy job of tapping into an empty web.
The aim sparked celebrations between gamers and the two,600 visiting Burnley followers – although footage appeared to point out Johann Gudmundsson being hit by a flying object launched from the house finish in and amongst these celebrations.
Burnley tried to get a outcome and promotion-sealing third by means of substitute Vitinho, who went on a mazy run earlier than firing large of the close to publish.
However one other comeback appeared an excessive amount of for Middlesbrough – who will hope their promotion success comes later this 12 months. Akpom headed large on the again publish within the closing seconds of added time, however it was their solely actual probability of notice after Burnley’s second.
The night time belonged to Burnley and their younger supervisor and crew who’ve dominated the Championship this season.
Either side are again in Sky Wager Championship motion on Easter Monday. Middlesbrough head to Bristol Metropolis for a 5.30pm kick-off, whereas Burnley host Sheffield United at 8pm. The video games are back-to-back on Sky Sports activities Soccer.