Michael Duff thanked the Clarets fans after he enjoyed a winning testimonial day against Bradford City.
Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Matt Taylor saw Sean Dyche’s men run out 2-0 winners as they signed off from pre-season in style.
Duff was substituted with minutes left to play so he could soak up a richly-deserved reception from the home crowd, and he was delighted after registering a clean sheet.
“I enjoyed it. I think it was a good game ultimately and a good performance from the lads.
“A couple of new signings came in and the fans saw two very, very good players as well.
“We got a clean sheet and it was a nice turnout as well so it was a good day all round.
“I think it was the first time I’ve been subbed and been happy to come off because usually that is because you’ve had a nightmare!
“It was a nice touch and I didn’t know it was going to happen, coming off before the end and getting a nice round of applause so I’m very appreciative to the fans.”
The Clarets kick-off their Sky Bet Championship season next weekend against Leeds United.
And the veteran centre-back, who was described by his manager Sean Dyche as a warrior at full-time, believes the squad can deal with the weight of expectation as they look to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
“It’s a different year because they’ll be a lot more expectation of us. We’ll have to deal with that side of it but it’s just a different pressure.
“It’s a great start. It’s a proper football club with a proper ground and they’ll be 30,000 there on Sky.
“That’s the reason you play football for days like that and I think it’s a tough start but it’s a game to look forward to.”