Charlton Athletic 0 v 3 Burnley (Sky Bet Championship)
After Burnley clinched promotion to the Premier League last monday evening, the game of the day was at the Riverside, were second in the table Middlesbrough entertained Three in the table Brighton Hove Albion with the winner joining the Clarets in the Premier League.
The Clarets travelled to relegated Charlton Athletic knowing that a win at the Valley would see them crowned Sky Bet Championship Champions for the 2015/16 season. Sean Dyche made one change to the side replacing David Jones with Dean Marney in midfield.
Over the last month at the Valley there have been a number of protests about the clubs ownership during the games and this match was no different, after just three minutes the game had to be stopped due to a large number of balls being thrown onto the pitch.
Charlton Athletic had the first effort on goal after four minutes when Jordan Cousins hit a right footed shot from the left side of the box, which went close but it missed Heaton’s top right corner.
On seven minutes, the Clarets had three efforts at goal, the first fell to Ben Mee following a headed pass from Sam Vokes, but Mee’s right footed effort from outside the area went wide of Pope’s left post.
The second effort fell to Michael Keane who was again set up by Sam Vokes but his effort was blocked by the Charlton defence. The third effort fell to Stephen Ward following an excellent pass from Ben Mee, but Ward’s shot from outside the area went wide of Pope’s left hand post.
Burnley took th elead on twenty minutes following an excellent flowing move which found Stephen Ward on the left wing near the edge of the Charlton box, his low cross into the six yard box was met by Sam Vokes who tapped the ball home past Pope to make it 1-0.
Charlton should have drawn level on twenty nine minutes when an error from Ben Mee let in Callum Harriott, his pass found Johann Berg Gudmundsson just outside the Clarets area but his left footed shot was tipped around the post by Tom Heaton for a corner.
Ten minutes later, following an assist from Johann Berg Gudmudsson the ball fell to Jordan Cousins who hit a right footed shot from outside the box was well saved to the bottom right corner of the goal.
The final effort of the half fell to Ademola Lookman who sent a curling right footed shot from outside the Burnley area, but his shot was well defended and blocked by Ben Mee to make the half time score 1-0.
Burnley came out for the second half after a couple of players had been given the strong word from Sean Dyche and the team talk worked as the Clarets were by far the stronger.
Burnley extended their lead on forty nine minutes when a Stephen Ward cross was flicked on by Andre Gray in the Charlton six yard box, his header found George Boyd at the back post and he controlled the ball before smashing it pass Pope to make it 2-0.
Two minutes later, the clarets added a third goal when a long ball from Dean Marney at the edge of the Burnley area found Andre Gray at the edge of the Charlton area, Gray’s first touch was poor and he had to chased the ball into the area, before slotting in passed Pope to make it 3-0 to Burnley.
On the hour mark, Charlton’s Igor Vetokele had two efforts at goalie a minute, the first was a right footed shot from very close range was well saved Tom Heaton in the centre of the goal. The second effort was another right footed shot this time from the right side of the box went close but just missed the left hand post.
The final twenty minutes of the of the game were fairly even, this was because the game was interrupted by the Charlton fans, sending flares, balls and fans onto the pitch which made the game bitty.
At the full time whistle the clarets had won the match 3-0 whilst Middlesbrough had earned a draw at the Riverside mean they were joining Burnley in the Premier League.
Shortly after the game Sean Dyche and his squad went back out onto the pitch to celebrate with the Burnley fans, at becoming the Sky Bet League Champions 2015/16.
Burnley Football Club (2105/16 League Champions)
Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “I don’t want to over-egg it because it’s amazing what the lads have achieved this season. But in the first half we were off our game and I had to remind them of a couple of things at half time.
You all saw how well we started the second half and the game was dead then. Amazingly we were questioned earlier in the season, by some of our own fans, not many, but to go 23 games unbeaten is pretty special, let me tell you; in any level of football, but particularly in the Championship.
Twenty three games and there has been 20 clean sheets in there. That’s approaching half a season, so there are so many positives this season from the group. The players have been exceptional and what I am particularly proud of is there have been players who had to miss out on that.”
Charlton Athletic – Pope, Fanni, Diarra, Teixeira, Fox, Harriott, Kashi, Cousins, Lookman, Gudmundsson, Vetokele (Subs) Jackson, Sarr, Yun Suk-Young, Makienok, Ba, Mitov, Motta
Burnley – Heaton, Lowton, Ward, Keane, Mee, Barton, Marney, Arfield, Boyd, Vokes, Gray (Subs) Robinson, Taylor, Duff, Jones, Dyer, Tarkowski, Barnes
Goals – (Burnley) Vokes (20), Boyd (49), Gray (51)
Attendance – 16,199