SEAN Dyche was delighted as the Clarets opened the campaign with a hard-earned draw against Lancashire rivals Bolton.
Danny Ings continued his scintillating pre-season form to put Burnley ahead midway through the first half.
But Darren Pratley’s equaliser before the break earned the Trotters a point in the Football League’s 125th anniversary game against two of the league’s founding members.
Clarets boss Dyche said: “I think we could have nicked it. I think Dougie will be happier with the point and we will be happier with the performance overall.
“You can’t guarantee the outcome, but you can put in a performance that can give you that outcome and I think we were very close to doing that today.
“I thought there were large parts of the game when we looked really good. We were solid, had a good shape and energy about us, but also created some really good chances.
I was really pleased overall. I would just rather have had the win!”
Dyche added: “They went very physical near the end and by the end they were a very big team, which is why David Edgar came on.
“They were a threat from set pieces, but from general play I didn’t feel they were going to open us up.
“But the longer the players work with us, the more signs they are showing. The challenge is to be consistent and so far we have been; both on the training ground and when it mattered today.”
Dyche’s plans for the curtain raiser were thrown up in the air just 48 hours before the game after Charlie Austin left for QPR.
But the manager was philosophical about the move, which led to Sam Vokes partnering Ings in attack.
He said: “You can’t over think it. At the end of the day it is what it is. It is well documented that the club has to make ends meet and has to have a future on a level financial playing field.
“It is hard for this club to manage its finances wisely and make things balance.
“From a manager’s point of view, you don’t want to see good players go out of your building.
“I obviously thought because of the medical situation Charlie would still be with us and we were planning that way, but someone has gone for him and it happens in football!
“The hardship now is that some of the players we were looking at have gone elsewhere.
“We couldn’t move before we knew what was happening with Charlie and that had been a frustration.
“It has changed the angle slightly on it, so it’s a tougher ask now, but we will shop as wisely as we can and keep our lines of communication with many clubs open.”