Sean Dyche felt his players gave their all as Manchester City took another step towards retaining their Premier League crown.
Pep Guardiola’s side now stand just two wins away from the title after Sergio Aguero’s scruffy second half goal – awarded via goal-line technology – finally broke the Clarets’ brave resistance.
And Dyche felt he couldn’t have asked more, less than 24 hours after Burnley’s Premier League survival had been rubber-stamped.
The gaffer said: It was a bitter pill at the end, but City are a top side, so there’s no grand statement form me about what might have been.
“Our shape was good, we worked hard and defended diligently, and especially in the first half I thought we delivered a very good performance and there wasn’t a massive gulf between the two sides.
“In the second half I warned the players they were likely to increase the tempo and play around the arc and load up the box. We held strong, but then they found a moment.”
Augero’s 63rd minute goalbound effort was initially blocked by Matt Lowton, and just crossed the line as the right back readjusted before clearing.
And as the clock ticked down, City added more defensive reinforcements to preserve their slender lead and go a point clear of Liverpool at the summit with two games remaining.
Dyche added: “We wanted to take the game on and deliver a performance; not for any other reason than to put in a performance and get a result.
“It’s nothing to do with the title and who might win it; not from me. I want the integrity of my players playing hard all the time, and I think they’ve showed that today.
“We kept trying after the goal but couldn’t find the clarity in the box and in the final third, but what was refreshing was hearing Pep and their bench screaming at their players to get it in the corner near the end, while they had four centre halves on.
“They were wasting time and doing all the things that some other teams get questioned for. That’s not a gripe; I genuinely think it’s a good thing to see that even sides like Manchester City have to do that in order to get a game over the line.
“They would have been smelling that banana skin of a last-minute effort, so it’s pleasing that we put enough doubt into these sides, even at this stage of the season, to think like that.
It’s a big weapon to have in your locker that teams know you will keep going.”