Burnley 1 v 0 QPR (Sky Bet Championship)
After watching the lunchtime kick off between Brighton and Derby County end in a draw, Burnley and Sean Dyche knew that a win at home to QPR would see the Clarets return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The occasion lead to a very poor game, QPR were lucky not to be down to ten men after just four minutes, when striker Sebastian Polter went straight through the back of Joey Barton without attempting to get the ball, but referee Moss showed him the yellow card.
The first effort at goal came on sixteen minutes when Sebastian Polter found Matthew Phillips, but his left footed shot from outside the box was saved by Heaton in the bottom right corner.
Burnley then had two efforts on the twenty-first and twenty-second minute, the first chance feel to Joey Barton but his right footed shot was blocked by the QPR defence. The second effort fell to Sam Vokes but his right footed shot was well blocked by the defence.
On twenty-eight minutes, an Alejandro Faurlin left footed shot from long-range on the right was well blocked by Ben Mee.
Five minutes later, Matthew Phillips hit a right footed shot from outside the box following a headed pass from Junior Hoilett, but his attempt was well saved by Tom Heaton in the bottom left corner.
QPR should have taken the lead on thirty-five minutes when a through ball by Cole Kpekawa beat Ben Mee and fell to Michael Petrasso but his right footed shot was well saved by Tom Heaton at the edge of his area.
The visitors had one final effort of the half when Alejandro Faurlin’s left footed shot from outside the box was well blocked by the Burnley defence to leave the half-time score 0-0.
Burnley started the second half much stronger and had the first effort at goal, when a Michael Keane right footed shot from the centre of the box was blocked by Hall for QPR.
On forty nine minutes, Scott Arfield went close with a right footed shot from outside the box, just missed to the right hand post following an excellent Burnley set piece situation.
Five minutes later, Andre Gray went on a run before firing a right footed shot from the left side of the box, which went just wide of the QPR right-hand post. On fifty-nine minutes Clint Hill went close for QPR but his header went over Heaton’s crossbar.
Burnley took the lead just after the hour mark, Clint Hill held back Andre Gray to give the Clarets a free-kick at the edge of the box. David Jone sent the free kick across the six yard box and Sam Vokes flicked his header passed Ingram in the QPR goal to make it 1-0.
QPR should have drawn level on sixty-nine minutes when Michael Petrasso found Alejandro Faurlin just outside the Clarets penalty area, but his left footed shot hit Heaton’s left-hand post before going for a goalkick.
The next ten minutes turned into a bit of a midfield battle, but on eighty minutes Conor Washington broke into the area, but his right footed shot from the right side of the box was blocked by the Clarets defence.
The final effort of the game came from QPR when Alejandro Faurlin’s left footed shot from outside the box was well blocked by Michael Keane, making the full time score 1-0. The result means that Burnley have now been promoted to the Premier League and will travel to Charlton next Saturday looking to win the Championship.
Speaking after the game manager Sean Dyche said, “We were well off our performance levels, but the result counts today, we know we are miles better. The resilience, work ethic and the belief was on show again today and it got us a massive massive win.
It means so much, it’s a different journey this year, two years ago we got under the radar and were a surprise to everyone, not so much to us but to everyone on the outside. This year we were half fancied, what people forget is 22 games unbeaten from Boxing Day to now and finishing in promotion, that is unbelievable by anyone’s standards.”
Burnley – Heaton, Lowton, Ward, Keane, Mee, Barton, Jones, Arfield, Boyd, Vokes, Gray (Subs) Robinson, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Taylor, Dyer, Barnes, Hennings
QPR – Ingram, Onuoha, Hill, Hall, Kpekawa, Henry, Faurlin, Petrosso, Hoilett, Phillips, Polter (Subs) Washington, Gladwin, Lumley, El Khayati, Perch, Prohouly, Grego-Cox
Goals – (Burnley) Vokes (61)
Attendance – 19,362