Burnley secure their return to the Premier League

SoccerBy Sunday World
Sam Vokes hit the promotion winning goal for Burnley
Sam Vokes hit the promotion winning goal for Burnley

Sam Vokes sealed Burnley's return to the Premier League at the first attempt with a brilliant headed winner against QPR kicking off a promotion party at Turf Moor.

Sean 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 Boxing Day.

They suffered a mild bout of stage fright in the first half but controlled the second, proving they are the division's most efficient outfit, loaded with grit, determination and pedigree goalscorers.

Vokes was savouring the moment after their win over QPR.

Vokes' second-half header gave Sean Dyche's men a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor and sent them back up to the Barclays Premier League 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.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I missed out last time and was gutted, but I get another chance now.

"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."