SEAN Dyche was bursting with pride after his side came within a whisker of taking Premier League Southampton to an FA Cup replay.
The Clarets boss felt his side’s second half performance was worthy of reward after they cancelled out a two-goal lead, almost snatched the lead, hit the post at 2-3 down and forced a late panic with Kevin Long’s first goal for the club.
Dyche said: “Southampton are a big club with some big players and we have more than matched them at the end.
“We were still going at it at 4-2 and 4-3 and right to the end. One of our biggest mantras is to have no excuses, no fear and no regrets.
“We play, as we do, and we come off the pitch knowing we have given everything and I thought that was absolutely evident today.
“I am so pleased for the Burnley fans who travelled down today because once again they have seen their team giving everything to win a game.
“It’s a strange one to lose a game and have a feeling of pride and that you have done everything to win it, but that’s a really good mindset for us.
“We have shown that many times this season and that’s what we take from this game, because we kept at it and were relentless.
“The harshness of the business is you don’t always get what you deserve. We possibly deserved a little bit more and didn’t get it, but if you perform like that often enough, you win more games than you lose.”
There was no sign of the drama to come after Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert gave the Saints a commanding half time lead.
But goals in the 51st and 57th minute by twin terrors Sam Vokes and Danny Ings turned the game on its head, before Kelvin Davis made a wonder save to deny the Welshman his 12th of the season.
After substitute Jay Rodriguez had predictably restored the lead against his boyhood-club, Ings hit the post before fellow sub Adam Lallana made it 4-2.
But a late Long goal made it a nervy final few minutes for the Premier League hosts before those inside St Mary’s were finally able to draw breath and reflect on a remarkable second half
Dyche added: “The first half wasn’t a bad one. We just didn’t have that inner belief that we’ve had this season.
“They got a grip of the game and of course goals change games.
“In the second half we looked more what we are about and their keeper made a worldy save from Sam to stop us going 3-2 up and turning the game around.
“In the end, it’s taken three goals from three England players and one from a right back who cost £2.5m.
“You have to be respectful that they have those kind of players, but we more than matched them in the second half and I take great pride because we are at a club like Southampton and they went strong.
“I am also sure the players will take great belief and that can take them forward as we look to the league.”