Sean Dyche said that for once the importance of the occasion outstripped that of the result as the Clarets played their part in an emotional day at the King Power Stadium.
A 0-0 draw gave Burnley a precious point after three successive defeats as Dyche’s men wound back the clock to become the first team to stop Leicester scoring in the Premier League this season.
A third clean sheet of the campaign was also a fitting reward for a disciplined, determined performance that bore more of the hallmarks of the way the Clarets performed in their march to Europe last season.
But Dyche admitted that what mattered most was honouring the memory and paying tribute to former Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who was killed, along with four others, in a helicopter crash outside the ground a fortnight ago.
“It was really tough, particularly for Leicester and their players,” said Dyche, who had been at the game two weeks ago.
“It was difficult for all. It’s been a challenging week and tough for them to prepare but they gave everything and we had to try and match that. We did that to get a good point and clean sheet.
“But it’s strange. It’s rare that I think this, but the result really is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things after what’s happened. The result is not as big as the moment.
“The game was more about a show of respect from the Leicester people for, unfortunately, an owner who has passed away.”
Srivaddhanaprabha oversaw Leicester’s march to the 2016 Premier League title and supporters – and former managers – showed their appreciation before, during and after the match.
And Burnley’s fans also played their part inside the ground and by joining thousands in a ‘memory march’ before the match.
“I was very pleased with the information that has been passed to me about our fans and how they have conducted themselves and joined in with everything,” added Dyche who, along with senior players Tom Heaton and Ben Mee and Leicester-born first-team coach Tony Loughlan, laid a wreath at the memorial site on Friday night.
“We take a lot of respect in what we’re about as a football club, not just us a team, but the people of Burnley.
“The whole build-up, from our club’s point of view, has been full of respect and full of feeling.
“What’s happened has resonated across football and I think our fans have shown their respect for that by what they’ve done today.
“There’s a great empathy for what’s gone on and I think we have got a club that shows a lot of respect in many different circumstances.”