Danny Ings expressed pride in his teammates on an emotional day at the KC StadiumDanny Ings expressed pride in his teammates after the 0-1 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Ings netted the winner in the 63rd minute from eight yards, but it was not enough to prevent Burnley being relegated from the Barclays Premier League.
And on an emotional day, Ings, who became the first Claret to reach double figures in the top flight since Ray Hankin and Peter Noble in 1975/76, felt the class of 2015 could leave with their heads held high after a fantastic away performance.
He said: “I think we put the situation we were in today to one side and played with freedom and created a lot of chances as well as defending really well.
“It’s been a little while since I have scored but I have been in those sort of positions and it’s been extremely tough which is understandable in the Premier League.
“Chances are hard to come by and it is important that you take them. It was important that I did score but the shine is taken off it by us going down.
“It’s all about the team of days like this. We win together and we lose together and I’m extremely proud of my teammates today.
“We’ve performed well all season, even when we haven’t managed to pick up results and the lads can come off the pitch today with their heads held high knowing we gave it our all.”
Ings goal ended a barren scoring run for the Clarets and his relief when he gave his side the lead was plain to see, as he sprinted towards the fantastic travelling support to celebrate.
It was symbolic of how much the football club means to the England U21 forward, as he explained.
Ings added: “Everyone who knows me personally knows how much this club means to me.
“Obviously with the contract situation, it’s understandable that people might have been turning their nose up a little bit.
“But I’ve got my project in the town, and Burnley will have a massive part of my heart and I love this football club.
“The fans have stood by us all season and with us being the underdogs in most games we’ve needed that 12th man and they’ve been just that.
“They’ve been fantastic home and away and I can’t thank them enough.”