Danny Ings could not hide his delight after netting the winning goal in Burnley’s final game of the Premier League season.
The Clarets, who will play in the Championship next campaign, signed off their second top-flight season in the last 39 years with an impressive away victory over FA Cup finalists Aston Villa.
Ings’ early header proved enough for Sean Dyche’s men to claim all three points and set up new club records for number of points (33) and wins (seven) in a single Premier League campaign.
And the striker, who finished the season on 11 top-flight goals, couldn’t hide his joy after the final whistle at Villa Park.
He said: “It was important that we put the disappointment behind us and finished the season on a high.
“I think we gave a good performance that the fans can take home with them today.
“Villa were on the back of a massive defeat, so we thought they would come of the blocks firing around. But in the first half we really took the game to them.
“It’s fair to say that they dominated in the second half, but our defence and midfield as well as Tom Heaton in goal were fantastic.
“It just shows our mentality, how strong we are as a team and how far we’ve come.”
On his headed winner, Ings added: “I’m using my height well now! I feel like I’m growing every time I score a header!
“I just managed to time it well and get in front of the defender. It was a fantastic header from first Freddie Ulvestad and then Ashley Barnes.
“It was nice to get on the end of it and get a winning goal as well.”
Ings, who admitted he has played his last game for Burnley, received a standing ovation from the travelling Clarets faithful when he was substituted late on in the game.
And the England under-21 international was keen to thanks the fans for all the support they’ve given him since he arrived at Turf Moor from Bournemouth back in 2011.
Ings said: “It was quite an emotional day for me today. I think everybody knows what’s been going on off the pitch and I wanted to finish my last game here in style.
“I’m just over the moon that I managed to get the winning goal in front of all the fans that travelled.
“I can’t praise the fans enough. There’s an old saying that they’re like your 12th man and it’s definitely true.
“It’s amazing when you come to away grounds and you can hear all the support. It does make the difference.
“It gives the lads confidence and we have shown it in our performances all season, so credit to them and to the football club. They’ve been fantastic.”