Sean Dyche admitted a mixture of pride and disappointment as the Clarets Premier League survival dream died at Hull.
The Clarets picked up a fifth successive win at the KC Stadium through Danny Ings’ 10th of the season to put City’s own top flight status in jeopardy.
He said: “It would have been going into folklore if we could have got it over the line in these last three games.
“The thing I was pleased with today was there was no thought if the ‘what ifs’. Once again I am absolutely delighted with their mentality, and in the end it’s close but no cigar for us.
“There has been a great resilience from the players to keep going around the country and putting in performances, but just not enough unfortunately to get us over the line.
“We have created enough and been competitive virtually every game. We have gone home and away on the front foot, with belief, spirit and some real quality.
“We’ve learned this is a tough league and you have to take those defining moments.
“There has been no lack of effort or belief. We have kept fighting, demanding and believing. There are lots of good things, but underlining all that is the disappointment of not retaining our status in the Premier League.
“We have fought very hard to get where we have and for it to go away is disappointing.”
Dyche, however, insisted the foundations were firmly in place for the club to make a strong attempt to return to the top table at the first attempt next season.
He said: “Overall, we make sense of it all move forward. I can’t even tell you how much better shape this club is now from two-and-a-half years ago.
“We had just jumped from 16th to 13th in the Championship. Well we’ve come a long way in that time and there will naturally be a reflection over time.
“But right now it’s disappointment because I wholeheartedly believed – along with my staff, players and the fans – that we could stay in the Premier League again.”