Video: Wade Elliott’s wonder goal earns Burnley promotion
Another claret-and-blue team break Sheffield United’s hearts
Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe laughably claimed before the Championship play-off final that they would be a top-half Premier League side now were it not for
only picking up 38 points in 2006-07 Carlos Tevez.
However, Burnley were the team who showed top-flight quality at Wembley and deservedly won with a brilliant 13th minute goal by Wade Elliott. Having beaten Fulham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Brom this season and seen Sunderland and Hull stay up despite being dreadful, Owen Coyle should be confident that the Clarets can survive their first Premier League campaign.
Kevin Blackwell, as you would expect of a former assistant of Neil Warnock, struggled to be gracious in defeat and insinuated that Mike Dean’s performance as referee, rather than his own team’s failure to turn up (the fantastic Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker aside) made the difference. The Blades boss is considering his future having witnessed first-hand Leeds’ collapse after losing to Watford three years ago and then missing out on parachute payments.
Burnley’s triumph completed a claret-and-blue quadruple with Aston Villa relegating Newcastle, West Ham putting Middlesbrough out of their misery and Scunthorpe beating Millwall. You could have got 40/1 on all four winning.