An emotional away end saluted their Clarets after a gutty 1-0 win over Hull City, despite the knowledge that Burnley had been relegated due to a myriad of results going against them on the Premier League table.
Danny Ings scored in the 62nd minute to give tiny Burnley hope, as a draw or loss would’ve sent the Clarets to the Championship. As it turns out, points earned by Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle and Leicester City mean Burnley can finish no higher than 18th.
Ings is unlikely to wind up at Turf Moor after this season, but that doesn’t lessen the sting of being a part of Burnley’s relegation season.
From the BBC:
“The lads showed unbelievable fight and spirit today. I thought we were phenomenal and were on top from start to finish – but it has come a little too late. The lads have fought until the end – and I’m extremely proud of them. Now we are going to play the last two games with pride and hope to finish strongly.”
Burnley found a lot of admirers this season, and anyone who knows the club’s backstory will find it hard to hate the Clarets (Read Joe Posnanski’s SportsWorld piece here). The Clarets will look much different next season, and be chasing the other end of the yo-yo back to the Premier League.