Promotion-winning hero Ashley Barnes has described scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic as the ‘best feeling ever’.
Barnes, who signed for the Clarets from Brighton & Hove Albion in January, set Burnley on their way to the Premier League with a fine finish after a flowing team move.
The 25-year-old striker was overjoyed after registering his third goal in claret and blue, and first at Turf Moor, on a momentous day for the club.
“The build-up was fantastic,” said Barnes. “There were so many passes until Deano puts a great ball in and luckily I finished it and it was the best feeling as soon as it hit the back of the net.
“I even fell over in the celebrations and hurt myself but the adrenaline was just flying high and it was amazing.
“It was the best feeling ever and it wasn’t a header – thank God!”
Barnes joined Burnley midway through the season and has made 19 appearances, ten of which as a substitute.
Although strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have grabbed the headlines, Barnes is delighted to have made the switch to Turf Moor and to have played his part in Burnley’s historic promotion.
“Vokes and Ingsy have been terrific throughout the season and that goal was for him and it’s what he deserves,” he added. “Luckily enough we’ve got him there as a team while he’s been out.
“Obviously Burnley tried to get me in the summer but it didn’t happen, Brighton held me back but they let me go in January.
“It was the best move by far. I always wanted to come here and I wanted to come to a team that was pushing for promotion, that’s every boys dream, and I’ve finally achieved that.
“Everyone thought we would slip-up or lose. We should have done it a while ago, but we’ve done it now and that’s the main thing.
“It’s a massive achievement and it’s fantastic from a great bunch of lads.”