BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Burnley signed off from the Premier League with a deserved 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday as Danny Ings gave the team what could be his leaving present.
But the striker's 6th-minute headed winner at Villa Park still meant the Clarets finished second bottom as they made a swift return to the second-tier championship.
It was Ings' 11th goal of the season with the out-of-contract forward expected to leave Turf Moor in the summer.
Villa, subdued for most of the first half, struggled to make a breakthrough although Tom Heaton saved from Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke and Ashley Westwood.
Defeat saw Villa finish 17th out of 20 teams in the league, ahead of its FA Cup final with Arsenal on Saturday, after another brush with the drop.