BURN­LEY SHOW PRE­MIER CLASS

Ip­swich’s play-off hopes die

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SEAN Dy­che be­lieves the Turf Moor faith­ful were treated to a snip­pet of what they can ex­pect next sea­son in the Pre­mier League as the class of 2014 wrote their names into the club’s record books against Ip­swich.

Al­ready-pro­moted Burn­ley hosted an Ip­swich side who were search­ing for a vic­tory to keep their play-off hopes alive.

But it was the side who had noth­ing to play for that came out on top, Michael Kightly’s third goal in as many games earn­ing Burn­ley a nar­row vic­tory.

It moved the Clarets on to 92 points – the first time they have gone be­yond 90 points for a sin­gle sea­son – and Burn­ley boss Dy­che be­lieves his play­ers de­serve credit for keep­ing their wits about them af­ter their pro­mo­tion party.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” he said. “I spoke be­fore the game and felt it was very im­por­tant to go about our busi­ness in the cor­rect man­ner and I never doubted that.

“I be­lieve in the way the play­ers work. If you do it right all of the time then you don’t need to flick that switch and turn it on.

“It was fair to say we could have had an­other cou­ple (of goals). Mick McCarthy has been down this road be­fore and is wise enough that a team may not quite re­tain that edge but I was pleased with our fo­cus – it was im­por­tant to show what we have been about all sea­son.

“Tremen­dous credit goes to our group as it is dif­fi­cult with all that is go­ing on. The fo­cus on the game was ab­so­lutely spot on.

“That is a good thing be­cause there are some of this group that will be com­pet­ing in the di­vi­sion next year where there will be a lot of stuff go­ing round and dif­fer­ent pro­to­cols – maybe it was a tiny taster of that here.”

Burn­ley be­gan brightly but it was Ip­swich who had the best chance of a cagey open­ing, cen­tre-back Tommy Smith’s header su­perbly cleared off the line by Kieran Trip­pier.

That sparked the hosts into life and just be­fore half-time Danny Ings daz­zled with sev­eral stepovers be­fore fir­ing ago­nis- in­gly into the side-netting. How­ever, ten min­utes into the sec­ond half Burn­ley were ahead, Kightly tap­ping in af­ter Ings’ shot had been saved by Dean Gerken for his sec­ond goal of the week.

Shortly af­ter, Ings came close to doubling the Clarets’ lead but his 25-yard half-vol­ley flew inches wide.

Ings then came even closer to a goal when he crashed a shot against the bar fol­low­ing a Dean Mar­ney cross.

Tom Heaton was a spec­ta­tor for most of the sec­ond half but with ten min­utes left he clawed Paul Tay­lor’s fine free-kick out of the top cor­ner to se­cure the his­toric win.

As for Ip­swich, their hopes of the play-offs are now over but boss Mick McCarthy was not about to sit and sulk, in­stead ex­tend­ing his best wishes to Burn­ley in their Pre­mier League ad­ven­ture – in par­tic­u­lar one of his for­mer Wolves charges Kightly. He said: “Our per­for­mance was very good, up un­til con­ced­ing the goal.

“They started well but we grew into the game and got bet­ter. We were on top when we con­ceded but we missed that one tackle and it changes the course of the game.

“With­out doubt, Burn­ley are out­stand­ingly good value. They have de­served it, well done to them and they should en­joy it and not lis­ten to the doom and gloom.

“Kightly is a good player and if he hadn’t been in­jured as he was at Wolves, he would have been a top player at a top team through­out so I am de­lighted for him that he’s back play­ing at that level be­cause he is a great kid.

“But I was re­ally pleased with my team. You win a game with re­ally good team ef­fort and we had that but they got a bit of good for­tune in terms of miss­ing the tackle.”

BRING ON THE BIG BOYS: Burn­ley cel­e­brate win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HIGH AS A KIGHT: Burn­ley’s Michael Kightly, left, is all smiles with Scott Ar­field af­ter open­ing the scor­ing

STAR MAN KIERAN TRIPPI

ER Burn­ley

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