SEAN Dyche was full of praise as the Clarets came within a whisker of toppling promotion favourites QPR.
A thrilling Loftus Rod encounter ended 3-3, as goals from Danny Ings and Sam Vokes twice pulled Burnley level before the Welsh striker added his 15th of the season.
Rangers grabbed a late equaliser through deadline day loan signing from West Ham, Modibo Maiga.
But Dyche insisted he was proud of his side’s efforts after scoring three times against a side that had only conceded six goals on home soil before kick-off.
The gaffer said: “It’s a big ask to come down here and win, as suggested by the stats this season, but I thought my lads were terrific.
“The energy, passion to win and also the quality were there and some of our play today was tremendous against one of the top teams and most powerful squads and clubs in this division.
“But our mantra is to go to win and I thought there was massive signs of that today, because we didn’t do anything other than go for the win.
“We had a sticky first 15 minutes and all of the goals we conceded were soft, in different ways, which is unlike us.
“I am disappointed by the two corners because we normally do so well with that.
“But that’s a minor thing. It’s not a recurring one and that can’t and won’t detract from that performance.
“We showed out intent and if Junior gets a gust of wind at the end, it wins it.
“I thought we just about did enough to edge it, but I don’t over-think them results because it’s about performances and if you keep putting them in, the wins will come.”
Dyche also revealed that top scorer Ings apologised after the game following a glorious chance that went begging with the Clarets 3-2 ahead.
Ings did everything right after beating the offside trap, before curling his shot wide with just keeper Rob Green to beat.
Dyche said: “Danny is so honest he actually came in and apologised to the lads for the chance that went by.
“I said ‘don’t you apologise to us son, after the way you are playing and what you have done for us this season’.
“That’s the honesty the lad’s got!”