Sean Dyche had mixed emotions after seeing his side push Arsenal, but exit the FA Cup for another year.
Sam Vokes’ seventh goal of the season cancelled out Calum Chambers’ earlier strike to set up a grandstand second half at The Emirates, in front of the Clarets biggest FA Cup crowd since the 1962 final at Wembley.
But Alexis Sanchez, starting his first game since suffering injury last November, ultimately had the last say for the Gunners.
Dyche mused: “You only play people; you don’t play the price tags and I was particularly pleased with how well we did that today to give a strong account of what we are about this season.
“I am really disappointed not to get something from the game first and foremost, but behind that there is a way of playing that is effective and I thought we were today.
“Last season we came down here and they were very strong. Today, they made changes but were still a very good side.
“Other than the first 20 minutes, when I felt we showed them too much respect, our response was fine. We scored a fine goal and finished the first half strong.
“I thought we started the second half very well and they were nervous, but we gave the ball away very cheaply and they countered to score again.
“After that it was difficult to get something from the game, although we did have some chances.
“But again I was really pleased with the mentality to break up their play, start making life uncomfortable for Arsenal again and keep creating chances, so there are a lot of positives to come today.
“We kept going, so I am really pleased in the shift from the last time we came down here.”
Dyche made just two changes, as Tendayi Darikwa and Fredrik Ulvestad came into the starting line-up for arguably the biggest games of their careers to date.
Dyche added: “Some of the players out there today will not have experienced anything like this, like Tendayi who has come on a journey in a short space of time, as has Andre (Gray) and Freddie (Ulvestad).
“All of these things and days like this help players learn and that can only be a good thing.”
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