Jack Cork reflected on a “great night” after scoring one and making the other goal as Burnley knocked local rivals Blackburn Rovers out of the Carabao Cup.
The Clarets went into the second-round tie at Ewood Park as warm favourites with two divisions now separating the two clubs.
And Sean Dyche’s side lived up to that billing as Cork and Robbie Brady bagged the first-half goals that secured a 2-0 win and sent over 5,000 Burnley fans home happy.
“It’s been a great night all round,” said Cork after heading his first goal for the Clarets since a derby winner against Preston North End during a season-long loan at Turf Moor in 2010/11.
“It’s even better to get a goal and makes it sweeter, especially in a derby game. It’s an amazing feeling.
“Everyone knows how big this derby is for the fans. It’s not just a normal cup game.
“You could hear them all game. It was a great noise and they really made it their own, the stadium tonight, and it was great to be part of that experience.”
Burnley have now won on their last three visits to Ewood Park with the result never in doubt once Cork nodded the 25th-minute opener and Brady converted a Cork pass in first-half stoppage time.
“It’s a good night for everyone. We did what we had to,” Cork added.
“We said we wanted to get the goals first half and make sure it was difficult for them in the second half.
“We did everything we wanted to and stuck to it.
“We knew the first 10-15 minutes was going to be a bit crazy with a lot of pressure and a lot of running about, but once you calm yourself down and focus on what you’ve got to do then we took the game to them.
“We took our chances well and limited them. Maybe at times we did show we had a bit more, but they fought hard all game and it was never an easy game.”