The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SO the wait goes on. But, like old age and taxes, it will come even­tu­ally. It wasn’t Burn­ley’s most flu­ent per­for­mance, nor their most ro­bust.

But the way the Clarets fought off the nerves and then clung to their lead tells you ev­ery­thing about why they will be in the Pre­mier League next sea­son.

This is a side that has clearly be­lieved – even when ev­ery­one else was tip­ping them to strug­gle – that the Pre­mier League was more than a dream. One more point and it will be re­al­ity.

Of course, Burn­ley’s joy was in stark con­trast to the now thor­oughly en­trenched sense of de­spair at Bloom­field Road. The place reeks of rel­e­ga­tion and if you don’t score goals, you can’t win games.

The home side’s lack of ideas was alarm­ing and un­less Barry Fer­gu­son can hit on a plan to cre­ate chances, they are in big trou­ble.

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