Burn­ley clos­ing in on Eu­ro­pean spot

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PREMIER LEAGUE: Burn­ley’s run to­wards Europa League qual­i­fi­ca­tion con­tin­ued with a 2-1 win over Le­ices­ter.

Former Leeds United striker Chris Wood and Kevin Long scored early on and the Clarets hung on af­ter Jamie Vardy halved the deficit late on.

Burn­ley are now hot favourites to claim sev­enth spot af­ter open­ing up a nine-point gap with only five games left.

Pro­vided Southamp­ton do not pull off a highly un­likely FA Cup tri­umph, sev­enth place will be enough to send Burn­ley into Europe for the first time in more than 50 years.

“On an on-go­ing ba­sis ev­ery­thing is a chal­lenge for us,” said man­ager Sean Dy­che. “I’ll be sur­prised if this club grows into a po­si­tion where it’s not.

“There’s a re­al­ity to clubs like Burn­ley Foot­ball Club. It’s un­likely you can get so pow­er­ful fi­nan­cially that you can become one of the top six.

“I don’t think any of the top six can be in rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble, whereas the rest – as we’ve seen this year with some very good clubs – can. Are we mov­ing for­ward? Yes. Can the club move for­ward and build? Yes.

“It al­ready is do­ing so, but can you just take it for granted? Ab­so­lutely not.”

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