Sean Dyche savoured a win “to be proud of” as Burnley beat Swansea to hold on to seventh placed in the Premier League table.
First half goals from Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes earned the Clarets a third successive top flight win for the first time since January 1975.
In doing so, Dyche’s men opened up an seven point gap to the eighth placed team.
And Dyche purred about his team’s overall performance in ending Swansea’s four-game winning run against his side.
“I was really pleased, particularly with the first half. We took the game on and scored a fantastic goal – without them touching it, from our keeper – to cap off a fantastic couple of weeks for Corky,” said Dyche.
“The second (goal) was a great press and what a strike from Barnesy. That put us in control of the game and then, in the second half it became about how we could control the game, which we did with our shape and doing the basic principles well.
“Maybe keeping the ball is something we have to do better, but with the counters we had in the second half it was a surprise to probably everyone in the stadium that we didn’t end up a little bit more comfortable.
It’s all good signs though and they are performances that, as a manager, players and staff, you are very proud of.”
Barnes replaced Chris Wood in attack after the New Zealand striker was ruled out of contention by Dyche following his marathon journey back from Peru on Thursday night.
He explained: “It was a really simple situation. Chris had three flights to get back and landed and went straight from the airport to training.
“I don’t think that’s ideal preparation for a Premier League game and it was nothing to do with his hamstring or anything else.
“It was my decision to say ‘look, big man, you’ve had a knock anyway and that amount of travelling it’s almost inhuman with the body clock and amount of travel, to play.
“But he’ll be fine and he’ll be back in training next week.”
The sixth win of the season took Burnley’s total to 22 points, level with Arsenal and Liverpool and just a point behind Tottenham Hotspur.
Dyche beamed: “The league table is to be enjoyed and I’ll probably do that for an hour before I start thinking about the next one.
“But it’s important to remember that these times are to be enjoyed by everyone, because it’s not easy to do what we are doing at the moment.
“We know it’s a big challenge going forwards and 40 points is the marker, so we look to the next challenge that comes our way and that’s Arsenal.”