Delighted Burnley manager Sean Dyche hailed the performance of his players after they secured a ‘historic’ promotion back to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.
The Clarets ran out comfortable winners against the play-off chasing Latics thanks to first-half goals from Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly.
Victory put Burnley an unassailable eight points clear of third placed Derby County with two matches remaining.
And Dyche couldn’t be prouder of his players for achieving the feat automatically.
“It feels fantastic,” he said. “It’s an incredible moment for the town and the people of the town. The players have been exceptional and I think it’s historic and the reason is this: the challenges of the Championship are getting harder and harder because clubs who are relegated are getting richer and richer and some of them are just getting richer by the backers.
“To do it automatically is the thing that’s getting harder and harder. To do it in the play-offs, who knows?
“To get promoted automatically and amass the points we have, with a low budget in the grand scheme of this division, and only using 22 players, is incredible and I’m not sure those markers will ever be done again.
“That’s why I’m unbelievably delighted because it’s not just about our football club, this is a marker in history!
“This possibly might be a marker for the bigger picture of Championship football.”
Many media outlets tipped the Clarets for a relegation battle before the start of the season, but Dyche is pleased to have proven people wrong.
He said: “We were looking over our shoulder a year ago and we actually finished 11th. That was only the fourth or fifth time in 15 seasons that we’d finished in the top half of the table.
“Two days before the start of the season, Charlie Austin was sold.
“But Sam Vokes has been amazing, the player who has developed the most this season. Danny Ings has come to the fore and is a tremendously talented young man.
“They’ve all been fantastic. I could name every one of them and I am proud of everything they have done and everything they have given to themselves, the team and the club.”