Clarets boss delighted with closing day victory and top-half finish
Sean Dyche insisted Burnley had sent a positive message to supporters after signing off in style with a 2-0 home victory against Ipswich Town at Turf Moor.
Dyche declared himself delighted as the Clarets achieved a top-half finish that seemed almost impossible a few short weeks ago
Goals in the second half from Junior Stanislas and Martin Paterson were enough to see off the form team in the Championship in the final league game of the 2012/13 season.
Dyche, whose player ended the season just one goal away from a top ten finish, insisted: “To finish in 11th in probably the hardest Championship on record, is absolutely fantastic from the journey we have been on this season and some of the questions that have been asked vehemently.
“I think it sends a great message about what we are trying to achieve here!
“We have shown our quality and it was nice to sign off with a win against the form team of the division, in front of our own supporters and show them there is life at Burnley and we intend on building on what we have done.
“I thought we gave a good account of ourselves; perhaps we overplayed in the first half but I asked the players to up the tempo in the second half and they did.
“We played some really good football today and it was a very rounded performance to get that result.”
The Clarets end to the season made a mockery of their worries just two weeks ago, when a late goal at home to Cardiff salvaged a valuable point that kept their heads above the rising relegation waterline.
Dyche added: “It’s hard for supporters. We’ve been locked in that middle group.
“Then there’s a lot of doom and gloom and panic, then suddenly an outpouring of joy.
“It’s the madness of the Championship this year and we have achieved something this year, without a shadow of a doubt.
“When I got here the team were in a relegation form of a point a game. We have stopped that and turned it around and made improvements and that has shown again today.
“There have been challenges, but we have kept a good mentality and taken seven points form the last nine, so I’m delighted.
“This the same group of players and I have been really pleased with the way the players have been malleable and adapted to changing some of the basics and organisation, but sill allowing them the freedom to go and play.”
A great end to the season was rounded off by the unexpected arrival of Brian Jensen for his only league appearance of the season as a 90th minute substitute for Lee Grant.
And Dyche explained the rationale behind the move was to allow the crowd to show their respect for the give the long-serving keeper.
“Brian has been a great servant at Burnley Football Club before my time here, so it was always my intention,” said the Clarets boss..
“I had a work with (Ipswich manager) Mick McCarthy beforehand and explained it was no disrespect to his side, because it could have been construed that way, but he totally understood we just wanted to give Brian the appreciation of the board.
“He has been such a good servant and he hasn’t figured as much as he would have hoped, so it was nice to get him on the pitch and give the fans a chance to cheer him again.”