Sean Dyche expressed his delight on behalf of the fans following Burnley’s derby day win over Blackburn.
The 2-1 victory came courtesy of second half goals from Jason Shackell and Danny Ings; giving the Clarets a first win over their East Lancashire rivals in 35 years.
And Dyche was delighted he was able to deliver a win to the 4,500 plus travelling supporters.
He said: “Today is about the supporters!
“I thought the whole team deserved it and I’m delighted for the fans because of the 35 years.
“You see a lot of people, like me, come and go from the game but today is about the supporters having something to adhere to and something to believe in once again after 35 years.
“The group of players and staff were all desperate for things to change.
“So I am really pleased for that and for the board as well, they’ve all been Burnley fans since they were boys.
“It is certainly an enjoyable feeling.”
After trailing at the interval to Jordan Rhodes’ opener, it took two second half goals to turn the tie on its head and in Burnley’s favour.
And Dyche praised the mentality of his side for securing the come-from-behind victory over their rivals.
He said: “I think the mentality has been there for all to see this season.
“I said to the lads at half time the marker is one goal, get one goal and the game will change. And it did!
“After we scored they found it difficult, we were always on the front foot and always looking to nick another one.
“I’ve made it clear all the way through our journey so far that I believe in the players.
“Not just the quality they’ve got but I believe they understand how we are trying to play as a group.
“The physicality today again was absolutely exceptional! They’ll go hard this group, until however long it takes to achieve what we can achieve.”
Ings’ winner after 79 minutes was his 20th league goal of the season and completed the turnaround after Captain Shackell’s towering header had levelled the scores six minutes earlier.
Substitute Ross Wallace played a big part in both goals after being introduced on 67 minutes with the Clarets trailing.
And Dyche reserved some special praise for his derby day winners.
He said: “Shacks has done brilliant, thrown his head in where it hurts and he’s got his reward for the team.
“He got one last year and it was a very brave header, just his natural reaction.
“I must say it was a fantastic cross from Ross Wallace, we know he’s got that quality.
“The cross is a horrible one for keepers because it is one that just sucks them off their line.
“I thought Ingsy was exceptional with his work ethic today, he just kept going and going and going.
“The demand that he’s got on himself and for us as a group is absolutely first class.
“Some strikers if it’s not quite happening for you will switch off, but he doesn’t.
“He keeps going and I thougt he got his rewards today.
“He is a fantastic person as well as a player.”