Charlton Athletic 0-3 Burnley

7 May

Sam Vokes

Sam Vokes scored the goal that secured Burnley’s promotion against QPR and set them on their way to the title against Charlton

Burnley clinched the Championship title with victory over an already relegated Charlton Athletic side whose boss Jose Riga resigned after the game.

The Clarets ensured an instant Premier League return by beating QPR 1-0 on Monday and match-winner Sam Vokes tapped in the opener after a fine move.

Goals by George Boyd and Andre Gray wrapped up the win after the break.

But irate Addicks fans were more concerned with their continued protests against owner Roland Duchatelet.

Angry Addicks

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A sit-down protest outside by home fans stopped cars getting into the car park before the game

Head coach Riga’s resignation, just five months into an 18-month contract, came within 30 minutes of their 24th Championship defeat of a miserable season on and off the pitch.

Charlton campaign group Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet said they were fighting for the “very soul” of the club and organised protests before and during the game, with numerous banners being unfurled and objects thrown on to the pitch.

Fans prevented cars getting into the car park before the match and – although the club put up netting – beach balls, toilet rolls and various other items were hurled on to the pitch in the early stages.

In the second half, with their side 3-0 behind, the anti-Duchatelet chanting increased and couple of flares disrupted play.

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George Boyd’s goal was the 71st of 72 Burnley managed in the Championship this season

Clarets contrast

But the atmosphere among the home fans was in stark contrast to the travelling supporters, who were able to celebrate a 26th league win of the season.

Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw against Brighton meant Burnley would have been assured of the title even with a defeat at The Valley.

Despite riding their luck in the first period as goalkeeper Tom Heaton made excellent low saves to deny Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Callum Harriott, the Clarets ended up convincing winners.

Stephen Ward had helped set them on their way before the interval, teeing up a simple 15th goal of the season for Vokes after a fine one-two with Scott Arfield.

And Ward was also involved in the second goal, when his run and centre found Boyd who smashed the ball home from eight yards four minutes after the break.

Gray added a third, making the most of a poor piece of control to race away and finish with a low strike across goal.

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