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Burnley 2-0 Wigan Athletic

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Burnley have been promoted to the Premier League after victory against play-off hopefuls Wigan at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes converted Dean Marney's cross from close range to give the dominant hosts the lead.

Wigan striker Marc Antoine Fortune headed against the bar before Michael Kightly's free kick doubled the advantage.

Danny Ings hit the post for Burnley after the break before Latics forward Fortune headed wide.

Wigan are left still needing points to secure their top six spot, while Burnley join Leicester in the top flight next season.

Burnley, who had lost their last two home games, were promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2009 but the last time they had earned automatic promotion to the top flight was back in 1973.

There was no stopping them on Monday as they dominated from the start to race into a 2-0 half-time lead.

The Clarets are now just four points behind leaders Leicester, who play their game in hand at Bolton on Tuesday.

Few expected Burnley to be challenging for an automatic promotion spot at the start of the season, with a number of their Championship rivals spending big in an attempt to get into the Premier League.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche has only paid a transfer fee for one player since being appointed in October 2012 - buying Ashley Barnes from Brighton for £400,000 in January.

And it was Barnes who gave Dyche's men the perfect start, tapping home from close range after Marney's low cross from the left.

Wigan have suffered a slump in form in recent weeks, having won just two of their last seven games in all competitions, after manager Uwe Rosler rescued the Latics' season following Owen Coyle's disappointing tenure.

They knew a win would all-but secure them a place in the play-offs but, bar a Fortune header against the bar, it was the hosts on top.

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

Their efforts were deservedly rewarded just before the break as, after Scott Arfield was fouled near the bye line, Kightly stepped up to brilliantly curl home Burnley's second.

Wigan improved after the break and almost pulled a goal back when Fortune latched on to Jason Shackell's poor header, but his toe-poked effort was blocked by Tom Heaton.

Ings nearly added to the scoreline with a right-footed shot against the outside of the post.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "We were intent on getting promoted ourselves, not having to rely on anyone else for help.

"It's getting harder to win automatic promotion to the Premier League because of all the constraints on teams like ourselves. I'm extremely proud."

Burnley striker Danny Ings: "I'm so proud of all the lads. From pre-season to now, they have been absolutely fantastic. Sam Vokes has been top class this year, it was a shame he was not out on the pitch today but he deserves it. People did not back us at the start of the season, but it's been great to prove them wrong."

Burnley midfielder Michael Kightly: "It's a great feeling. It's been a long season but we thoroughly deserve it. We'll enjoy today, then crack on next year. We never got complacent, we always stuck to the job. The boys have been different class and the fans have been magnificent."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2TrippierSubstituted forBairdat 78'minutes
  • 6MeeBooked at 79mins
  • 14Jones
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 19Kightly
  • 8Marney
  • 30BarnesBooked at 35mins
  • 10Ings
  • 37Arfield

Substitutes

  • 7Wallace
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 17Baird
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24PerchBooked at 45mins
  • 3CraineySubstituted forKiernanat 45'minutes
  • 16McArthur
  • 17BoyceBooked at 61mins
  • 25Barnett
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forMaynardat 77'minutes
  • 34CollisonBooked at 66mins
  • 32FortunéBooked at 40mins
  • 14Gómez García-PencheSubstituted forMcManamanat 45'minutes
  • 22Beausejour

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 5Caldwell
  • 10Maloney
  • 15McManaman
  • 19Powell
  • 29Maynard
  • 30Kiernan
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
19,125

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jean Beausejour.

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Chris Baird (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Mee (Burnley) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Collison.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Robert Kiernan tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Chris Baird replaces Kieran Trippier because of an injury.

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Burnley) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces James McClean.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester43289679433693
2Burnley442514569353489
3Derby442491179493081
4QPR4422101256411576
5Wigan4320101357421570
6Brighton4417151251391266
7Nottm Forest441617116558765
8Ipswich441714135852665
9Reading4317131363531064
10Blackburn441616126358564
11Bournemouth441712156364-163
12Watford4315151370531760
13Middlesbrough431416135546958
14Bolton431316145456-255
15Sheff Wed441314176160153
16Leeds44158215565-1053
17Huddersfield441311205462-850
18Charlton431112203457-2345
19Doncaster441111223866-2844
20Millwall441014204473-2944
21Birmingham431110225568-1343
22Blackpool441013213663-2743
23Barnsley44912234171-3039
24Yeovil44813234369-2637
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