Sean Dyche described the prospect of european football next season as “tremendous for all” as the Clarets virtually assured themselves of qualification.
A goalless draw at home to Brighton, in conjunction with results elsewhere, clarified that Burnley will be in next season’s Europa League, barring a six-point and 15-goal swing towards eighth-placed Everton over the final two rounds of matches.
And Dyche hailed his players as the club took a giant stride towards a first European campaign in 51 years.
The gaffer said: “Let’s just say a big swing has to go against us, but the lads deserve a lot of credit if that doesn’t happen and they have done remarkably well to get to where we are.
“There has been a lot of work done by so many here, not just me. I have to head it up, but the Board have stayed true to what the beliefs of the club are, and don’t forget the fans too.
“They are sticking behind the team and even when we’ve had some soft performances, like today they stick right behind the lads. That’s become important, and long may it continue.
“We are measured by what goes on out on the pitch, but there are so many good things about the cub from five and a half years ago to where we are now and, should that swing not occur, the prospect of European football is tremendous for all.”
Dyche’s side were below-par as a gruelling season draws to a close, only rarely threatening to break down a resolute Brighton side that earned another precious point towards their survival aim.
He admitted: “It was a bit of a huff and puff performance with those moments of quality lacking today. We again showed good habits but didn’t quite find that moment we needed.
“But it’s hard for me to question these players. They have given an awful lot and delivered. There is no way you can cheat the Premier League.
“You can’t go lucky through a whole season and acrue the points we have; it just doesn’t happen.
“You have to earn the points and even today we put another point on the board and picked up a clean sheet and we’re questioning that.
“That’s a big shift in our mentality because last season, I can assure, you, we’d have been taking them!”