Sam Vokes living the dream as Burnley are moving on up

Burnley’s promotion hero Sam Vokes was savouring the moment after their win over QPR sent the club back to the Premier League.

Vokes’ second-half header gave Sean Dyche’s men a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor and sent them back up to the top division at the first attempt.

Injury robbed Vokes of the chance to enjoy the occasion the last time Burnley went up, but he was in the thick of it this time.

“I missed out last time and was gutted, but I get another chance now,” he told Sky. “It’s magic round here. We tried to put the tension to one side. You could feel it, but we did it.”

Manager Dyche added: “The result counted today. We know we are miles better than the performance, but the resilience and work ethic was on show again today.

“Ian Holloway once said we had a strong jaw. He meant it as a compliment. We don’t think we are the real deal, not at all, but we’re a real group of people. Two years ago we went under the radar. This year we have gone 22 games unbeaten and got promotion. That is unbelievable.”

Vokes sealed Burnley’s return to the Premier League with a brilliant headed winner.

Dyche’s side came into the match knowing victory would guarantee them a top-two finish in the 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 St Stephen’s Day.

Meanwhile Chris Hughton is backing Brighton to handle the pressure when they face Middlesbrough in a final-day promotion decider at the Riverside.

The outcome of the clash will determine who goes up to the Premier League and a Seagulls victory would ensure a return to the top flight after a 33-year absence.

A stoppage-time equaliser from substitute James Wilson extended Brighton’s unbeaten run to 13 games by securing a 1-1 draw with Derby, who had gone ahead when Andreas Weimann came off the bench to score 19 minutes from time.

Hughton admits that Boro will start as favourites on the day but insists that, although it is a “big task” for his side to win, it is not an impossible one.

The former Newcastle, Birmingham, and Norwich boss said: “We will be going there with a winning mentality and we need to show enough quality.

“There`s no doubt Middlesbrough will be the favourites and they’ll be pleased with our result, but we’ve given ourselves every chance.

“We have been good away from home for the majority of the season and we haven’t lost today. It is a big task but not one that is impossible.”


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