Former Manchester City player Vincent Kompany has returned Burnley to the Premier League after victory over Middlesbrough in the English Championship on Friday.
Burnley gained automatic promotion back to the Premier League after they saw off Middlesbrough away from home with a 2-1 victory.
Barnes opened the scoring for the away side early in the first half before Middlesbrough bounced back in the second half after Akpom converted a spotkick to level the scores for the home side in the 48th minute.
Roberts restored the lead back to the Championship leaders, scoring in the 66th minutes to make it 1-2.
The Carets held on to secure victory and bagged all three points to return to the Premier League under the guidance of Vincent Kompany.
The win saw the team move 19 points clear of the Championship playoffs spot with 87 points from 39 games.
Leading the Championship playoff spot is Luton who is third on the table with 68 points from 40 games.
Sheffield United may likely join Burnley to the Premier League on automatic slot as they sit second on the table with 76 points from 39 games but must fight on with nine games remaining to the end of the season.
Before the game against Middlesbrough, the pressure in Burnley’s dressing room was high after Luton settled for a goalless draw against Millwall away from home in the early kickoff.
After the Luton stalemate against Millwall, Burnley needed a win against Boro to seal automatic qualification as Luton stood ruled out of the top spot on the table.
Vincent Kompany led Burnley on an incredible Championship run this season. After 39 games, they have won 32 games, drew 12, and lost only 2.
They are 11 points clear of second-placed team Sheffield United who are also eyeing an automatic promotion to the English topflight.
Burnley recorded the highest goals difference in the second-tier – a testament to a good and prolific striking power and good defensive work.
They have +46 goal difference, 19 goals better than second-best goal-scorers Sheffield United.
The Caret have scored 76 goals so far in the campaign and have conceded 30. They are highest goal scorers and have conceded the least number of goals.
Burnley were relegated from the Premier League last season after an abysmal campaign in the English topflight under former manager and now Everton manager Sean Dyche.
Vincent Kompany succeded Sean Dyche and turned around the fortunes of the club in a flash.
Before joining Turf Moors, Vincent Kompany was manager at Belgian elite side Anderlecht.
He is said to have infused more energy, drive and momentum into the Carets when he brought some players from the Belgium elite division to Turf Moors.
In just 10 months at the club, Vincent Kompany has recorded an immense success restablishing the club as worthy leaders of the English’s second-tier.
Kompany will now be heading back to the Premier League not as a player but as a manager.
After his great blueprints with Burnley, he has been linked to the vacant job at Tottenham Hotspur which could be a big milestone in his managerial career in the Premier League