Sean Dyche felt the defeat to Everton was a natural reaction to “climbing a mountain” in the second half of the season.
The Clarets were already assured of a fourth successive Premier League campaign with games to play, as they ended a long season on the road with a 0-2 defeat at Goodison Park.
But Dyche offered a pat on the back for a job well done, despite a sluggish start costing them on Merseyside.
The Burnley boss said: “The lads have climbed a mountain in the second half of the season and there’s a human response.
“Twenty eight points is an incredible return, so there was always going to be a release moment.
“I wondered about it before the game, but they are human and they know the work they have done, so I am never going to fault them for that, that’s for sure.
“From our point of view it was a game of two halves. In the first half we weren’t a million miles off it, but we were a bit sub-servient and on the back foot and you are not going to get anything from that.”
Richarlison opened the scoring in the 17th minute, courtesy of a shot that appeared to be heading wide before deflecting off Ben Mee’s shin and flying past Tom Heaton.
Three minutes later, the Clarets keeper parried a shot from Lucas Digne, which Seamus Coleman nodded home to double the lead and leave Burnley with another mountain to climb!
Dyche, who felt Burnley could have been awarded a second half penalty for a push on Matej Vydra by former Claret Michael Keane, added: “At 2-0 down, we went in licking our wounds at half time.
“In the second half there was a reaction, without really opening them up with enough detail.
“But you want to finish the right way and in the second half I felt we did. I spoke to them at half time about offering that extra 1%.
“The collective 1% can be a powerful thing and we have to play on top of our game all the time.
“We don’t have the luxury of being able to have four or five not doing that, particularly away from home against a good side.
“In the second half it was a much better performance and much more like us.”