Sean Dyche reflected on an “incredible achievement” after the Clarets celebrated their best league finish since 1974 with a post-match party.
The fizz was in danger of going a little flat as Bournemouth came from behind to win the final game of the season at Turf Moor with a stoppage time goal.
But moments later a packed Turf Moor rose to acclaim Dyche and his staff and players on a well-deserved lap of honour following their qualification for next season’s Europa League.
The gaffer said: “Your instinct as a manager is to be disappointed when you don’t win a game and particularly in that fashion.
“We gave away two absolutely awful goals, which we don’t do often, but that disappointment will fade quickly because it’s been an amazing season, for me, the Board, the staff and players and, of course, the fans and the town.
“It’s an achievement beyond just the team because you can scramble by in the Premier League and just get enough points on the board. But you can’t do that and finish seventh!
“The players have supplied more than hard work this season; there’s been quality, some great goals and some really big performances from maturing players.
“There’s been enough good stuff in there to allow us to park today quickly.
“In effect, it was parked for me two or three weeks ago when I sat and started thinking what we need next year and what finance we can use to our effect.
“That side never stops, but I might allow it to tonight and spend some hours with my family and enjoy a half of lager!”
Dyche, who has masterminded the return of European football to Turf Moor for the first time in over 50 years, added: “The fact is it is an incredible achievement to be in the Europa League with this size of club.
“There aren’t too many players on our team sheet who have played a lot of Premier League football, never mind European football and they have built a season and deserve massive credit for that.
“Life is such that you are patted on the back for this season, but you are very quickly being judged again and some will be pre-judging the future.
“I’m used to that and next season we will probably be written off again, as we are every year.
“People look at clubs like ourselves and wonder ‘can they do it again?’ and there are no big statements from me because next season will be another tough one.
“I can’t see any club other than the top six thinking otherwise and our challenge next season will be to continue to move forwards. That’s it in a nutshell!”