David Eyres column: Celebrating promotion with Stelling was great
A LAP of honour will take place at the end of this afternoon’s last home game of the season against Ipswich – another chance to lap up the celebrations of a wonderful promotion season.
It’s been coming for a couple of weeks, and now that we have finally sealed it with a superb Easter Monday win over Wigan Athletic we can breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to the next couple of games and then, of course, Premier League football.
I was relying on Jeff Stelling to keep me updated on Monday, and once we went a goal up I thought ‘happy days’.
To get the second goal and calm everyone down was brilliant.
But Sean Dyche is right, the Blackpool win was the big one.
I don’t want the Seasiders to go down, but the best team won on the day and I’m pleased for everyone involved with the football club now that they’ve secured promotion, particularly the manager.
He didn’t have the biggest of budgets and we were most people’s favourites to go down this season.
What he and the players have done is absolutely superb and they should be applauded for that.
And hopefully their moment of glory won’t be taken away from them by the all the doom and gloom merchants already making them favourites for the drop.
Sean will know he has to strengthen.
Whether he can entice certain players to play for Burnley because of the budget I’m not sure, but it will be more important that he gets players who want to play for Burnley, in the Premier League, and not those who are chasing the money.
When you’ve been there and done it, it gives you more of an idea of what’s ahead.
Sometimes it’s just about celebrating and taking it in, and not worrying about what’s ahead.
It’s probably as difficult to stay in the Premier League as it is to get there.
The realistic aim will be to finish fourth bottom, and if they do that it will be a brilliant season.
They have shown many qualities this season that will stand them in good stead at a higher level in the Premier League – consistency, togetherness, the belief among the players and everyone knowing their jobs.
They are so well organised.
Burnley won’t be the easiest team to play against, as we proved last time turning over Manchester United and Everton in the first few games.
It’s important we take advantage of our home games, more so than we did previously, and pick up whatever points we can away from home.
It’s a tall ask but I’m sure Sean Dyche, the players and fans would prefer to be tested in a higher division as opposed to the Championship next season.
And hopefully they can prove the doubters wrong again.
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