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On This Day: April 21

21 April 2016

Two years ago today, Burnley were celebrating a Premier League return following a red-letter day at home to Wigan Athletic.

A fine 1-0 victory at Blackpool, courtesy of Michael Kightly’s stunning 25-yard strike, had left the Clarets eight points ahead of third placed Derby County, knowing just one win from the remaining three fixtures would be enough to earn promotion.

And on a day to remember, the wide man was on the scoresheet again against the Latics, doubling Burnley’s tally following a simply brilliant team goal in front of a packed Turf Moor.



The Clarets got the ball rolling with their goal of the season; a flowing, one-touch move from the back that eventually saw Dean Marney drill a cross along the six-yard box to Ashley Barnes, who got the party started with a clinical finish past Ali Al-Habsi.

Burnley knew the job wasn’t yet done against Uwe Rosler’s Latics, who occupied fifth spot.

Nonetheless, three minutes before the break, Kightly’s whipping free-kick from an acute angle evaded a packed area, finding the far corner to give Burnley an unassailable two-goal lead.

A goalless second half ensured promotion to the Premier League for the second time; this time going earning the passage through the second automatic spot.



Back to the present, the Clarets sit in second place with just three fixtures remaining and two points behind current leaders Middlesbrough.

Can Sean Dyche’s battling Clarets go one further?

Heaton: Trippier (Baird 78), Duff, Shackell, Mee; Kightly, Marney, Jones, Arfield; Ings, Barnes
 

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