Sean Dyche looked at the bigger picture after Burnley ended their Premier League season with a home defeat to West Ham United.
Sam Vokes’ 10th league goal of the season put the Clarets in front, only for Sofaine Fegouli and Andre Ayew to turn the game around for the Londoners.
But after defying all outside expectations to finish the season in 16th place, Dyche insisted he was proud of the achievement of back-to-back top-flight campaigns.
The Clarets’ boss said: “I don’t want to gloss over the game in a throwaway sense, but I thought in the first half the game should have been dead.
“We had three golden chances and you have to take them at this level. We’ve learned that this season, but they got back in it and in the second half I thought they were the better side if I’m honest.
“However, overall, we’ve learned a lot this season. We were given no chance by people on the outside, so what’s been achieved is for everyone to enjoy and we can have a good summer because it’s a real badge of honour for a club this size.
“From when I got there four-and-a-half years ago and the journey we’ve been on, it’s been terrific.
“We still want to add layers of quality, but I think the fans here can be pleased because they have seen a group give everything to the cause.
“We’ve a group who give everything and that’s a really important factor.
“It’s the only thing I ever promised when I got there, in my first press conference.
"I promised there would be sweat on the shirt and that we’d have a team who always give everything and I’m really proud of that.”