Sean Dyche raised a toast to his players as the Clarets celebrated his fifth anniversary in style by climbing to seventh in the Premier League.
Jeff Hendrick’s decisive second half goal saw off a resolute Newcastle United to settle a tight Turf Moor affair.
And the gaffer was delighted at the manner of his side’s first victory over the Magpies since 1983!
It’s very good anniversary, regardless of tonight, but when you get a win like that of course it rubber-stamps a very good day,” he said.
“It was a hard-fought win and I felt we just about edged it it. It was a very tight affair, which we thought it might be.
“We have had to work very hard against Rafa’s team, who are renowned for their organisation.
“We never got lost in the mix of the game though, we stayed controlled and focused and calm when we needed to.
“We defended very well, but we also tried to probe for an opening and when a chance finally came it was a brilliant cross from Johann and a great finish from Jeff.
“There are signs that the team is progressing and the pleasing thing is for me is seeing players take their chance.
“Barnesy has come in tonight out of the blue after we made a late decision to leave Woody out and ran so hard, it was like he’d been playing every week.
“I commend all my players on their professionalism they show when they are not in the team because that’s a powerful thing.
“It can be difficult when you are not playing, but they all work so hard, so that when their chance comes, they are ready to take it.”
The Clarets leapfrogged Newcastle to go seventh, level on points with Liverpool after 10 games.
And the gaffer beamed: “If only it was a sprint, but it’s not!
“It’s a marathon and it’s nice to have a good start and how that the team is moving forwards.
“We enjoy these moments, don’t get me wrong, but there’s always another game around the corner, so we’re looking to the next one.”