II thought we gave a good account of ourselves

Last updated : 04 May 2013 By Tony Scholes

Sean Dyche included both Steven Hewitt and Cameron Howieson on the bench. Both are expected to be part of the first team squad next season and the manager wanted them involved today.

Mick McCarthy went one further and gave debuts to Jack Marriott, as a substitute, and the impressive Tyrone Mings. "I thought Tyrone was excellent and I was really pleased with him, and Jack did very well when he came on," McCarthy said.

"He had a terrific shot and a header at goal as well and it was good to see one of the academy players in the first team.

"I hope the fans understand why I changed the team around. I wanted to have a look at a few different things after achieving our objective last week. I thought we were the better side in the first half but it was a wonder strike, with a bit of a deflection that changed the course of the game.

"We wanted to finish the season with a win and we certainly deserved something from the game, but if I'm honest, I'm not too bothered about the result because we set out to stay up and we've done that and I congratulated every player on that achievement after the game."

Dyche was delighted with the result and the eleventh place finish for the Clarets. "To finish in eleventh place in probably the hardest Championship on record is absolutely fantastic from the journey we've been on this season and some of the questions that have been asked and vehemently asked.

"I think it sends a great message about what we are trying to achieve. We have shown our quality and it was nice to sign off with a win against the form team of the division, in front of our own supporters, and show them there is life at Burnley and we intend on building on what we have done.

"I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. Perhaps we overplayed in the first half but I asked the players to up the tempo in the second half and they did. We played some really good football today and it was a very rounded performance to get that result."

He added: "It's been hard for supporters. We've been locked in that middle group, then there's a lot of doom and gloom and panic, then suddenly an outpouring of joy. It's the madness of the Championship this year and we have achieved something this year, without a shadow of a doubt.

"When I got here the team were in relegation form of a point a game. We have stopped that and turned it around and made improvements and that has shown again today. There have been challenges, but we have kept a good mentality and taken seven points from the last nine, so I'm delighted.

"This is the same group of players and I have been really pleased with the way the players have been flexible and adapted to changing some of the basics and organisation, but still allowing them the freedom to go and play."

He also explained the situation regarding the late substitution of Brian Jensen for Lee Grant. He said: "I had a word with Mick McCarthy beforehand and explained it was no disrespect to his side, because it could have been construed that way, but he totally understood we just wanted to give Brian the appreciation he deserved. He has been such a good servant and he hasn't figured as much as he would have hoped, so it was nice to get him on the pitch and give the fans a chance to cheer him again."