Willie Irvine column: Burnley as good as up
12:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014 in Sport
IT was hard not to mention the P word after Saturday’s valuable point at Watford put us 10 points clear in second again, after QPR and Derby slipped up.
Bournemouth and Eddie Howe did us a favour by beating our nearest challengers, and Harry Redknapp has conceded that they won’t get automatic promotion and the Clarets are home and dry.
What an atmosphere it promises to be at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday as we near the finishing line and the Premier League.
Without Sam Vokes and Danny Ings I thought we might struggle to score, but we stuck to the plan and Ashley Barnes was unlucky to get caught offside before Scott Arfield came up with another important goal for us.
While the emphasis has been on the front two all season, defensively we have been very solid too, with Jason Shackell and Michael Duff forming a vital partnership this season.
With Kieran Trippier and Ings back from injury, and Dean Marney from suspension, it has given this small squad a lift at an important time, and hopefully momentum to get over the line.
After Leicester City secured their return to the Premier League at the weekend then automatic promotion looks very probable for the Clarets.
It has not all been good news though, after the blow of Sam's season being cruelly cut short, Burnley-born ex Claret Jay Rodriguez's World Cup dream is sadly over, after he suffered an identical injury.
What are the chances of that?
But they will both be determined to get back fit up and I’m sure both will come back stronger.
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