Sean Dyche hailed Burnley’s clinical finishing as they got their Premier League campaign off to a flyer against Southampton.
A brilliant second half brace from Ashley Barnes, followed by a cherry on top from Johann Berg Gudmundsson sealed a confidence-boosting 3-0 home win at a sodden Turf Moor.
And the Burnley boss was delighted at his side’s resilience as they eventually ground down the Saints to run out deserved winners.
The gaffer said: “Southampton are a tough side and they have some good players and a good energy to them.
“It was a tight game and there wasn’t much in it, but I was so pleased with our mentality to stick at it.
“We started asking more questions in the second half and lifted the tempo and without putting them on the back foot we suddenly made like awkward.
“You could sense the game start to change and of course it was a fantastic goal from Barnesy.
“It’s a brilliant touch and hit and that settled us down. from that moment we kept at it and went after them on the front foot and asking questions.
“It’s brilliant football for the second goal and to top it all off it’s a brilliant piece of play and finish from Johann. It was clinical finishing all round and very pleasing to see.”
Barnes opened the floodgates just past the hour, latching onto debutant Erik Pieters lofted ball that hung in the wind and deceived the Saints defence and controlling before firing low past Angus Gunn.
The Clarets striker soon double his tally, again latching onto a Pieters cross to finish with aplomb at the far post.
And Icelandic wide man Gudmundsson rounded off a memorable opening day win with a piece of individual brilliance for the third, to make it three goals in 12 minutes.
“Popey didn’t have a lot of do, which was also pleasing,” added Dyche, who revealed that Charlie Taylor was omitted during a fast-track to get him up to match fitness.
“Their keeper didn’t either, but he’s picked the ball out of the net three times and that’s the bit I like!
“We know we can still improve with the details, but it’s a nice start.
“We all know it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, but it’s nice to get that first win under the belt.”