Vincent Kompany and club captain after securing promotion to the Premier League. Photo/BR sports
Burnley coached by former Man City defender Vincent Kompany has secured the clubs immediate return to the Premier League after been relegated 11 months ago.
All the Championship leaders needed to achieve promotion was victory at the Riverside Stadium, and the Clarets took just 12 minutes to break the deadlock when Ashley Barnes tapped home Josh Brownhill’s shot from close range.
Middlesbrough, who went into the game unbeaten in 11 home matches, aimed to maintain that record after half-time and equalised through Chuba Akpom’s penalty following Josh Cullen’s foul on Cameron Archer.
But Roberts became the Claret’s cult hero when he tapped home Nathan Tella’s cross just after the hour mark which was enough for the Turf Moor club to secure their most priceless three points of the season.
Promotion from the Championship has now been secured by Kompany’s men with seven games to spare which at the moment is a Championship record.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas