Sean Dyche rued only the Clarets’ missing killer instinct as they bowed out of the Carabao Cup.
Championship leaders Leeds United advanced to the last 16 thanks to a penalty shoot-out win on a dramatic night at Turf Moor.
The Clarets had twice fought back with late goals from substitutes Chris Wood, from the penalty spot following a foul on Kevin Long, and Robbie Brady with a superb free-kick deep in stoppage time to make it 2-2 and force extra-time.
Neither side could score again and the Clarets paid the price for failing to turn their early domination into goals as Leeds triumphed 5-3 on spot-kicks to knock Dyche’s side out.
“As a squad, I was pleased with the fitness. There was certainly no lacking in that. And the will and the endeavour,” said the Burnley boss, who made seven changes to his starting line-up as he dipped into the Clarets’ squad strength.
“My only question for tonight was that we got in some fantastic moments. I know as a defender when they are scrambling and we had them scrambling so many times.
“You’ve got to find that final moment, that final pass, that final finish, even, and we were just short with that.
“The rest of it, I was quite pleased with a lot of the aspects of the performance.
“During the 90 minutes, apart from the goals, I was very pleased. We dominated a lot of the game and created more than enough chances to finish the game but didn’t, of course.
“We got in some fantastic areas and some of the moments we were in a position where we should do better.
“I think it was their first shot on target to go 1-0. But I’m not knocking Leeds for that. They kept at it and that’s what you have to do. We’ve had to do it ourselves in the past.
“Then we respond – a definite penalty it looks like to me.
“They get a penalty, which I think is a real soft one. He (Tarkowski) does pull his shirt but the ball is seven feet above his head. It’s impossible that it’s impeded him from actually scoring a goal.
“And then we respond with an absolutely sublime finish from Robbie Brady.
“It goes into extra-time and it ends up a ding-dong, which it does, although we had chances in that and then it goes to penalties and we know that ends up a lottery.”
Wood’s goal against his former club made it three goals in four appearances since his August switch from Elland Road.
And Brady continued his impressive start to the campaign with a 25-yard free-kick which he curled into the top corner to double his tally for the campaign after Tarkowski was penalised for pulling Kemar Roofe’s shirt.
“I think Robbie’s come back really well this summer,” added Dyche. “He came back fit and looking really eager to do well and he’s started the season very brightly.
“Woody came on and gets another goal, which is a good habit, so there were some pleasing things, but ultimately you go out of a cup you want to be in.
“We made the intention clear to the players. We wanted to be in the cup and we wanted to win.”
Jeff Hendrick played 90 minutes as he made a successful return from his injury absence but Dyche confirmed Jon Walters had missed out with a knee injury.