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Burnley beat QPR 1-0 today at home to clinch promotion to the Premier League and, after everything had died down, both managers spoke to the media.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: “When you go to Burnley you have to roll your sleeves up. It’s about doing battle first, then passing and playing football after that. You have to frustrate them. We did that in the first half. we created some chances, but we couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“Burnley scored in the second half with their first shot on target, but that’s just one of those things. It’s why they’re likely to be champions. It’s why they are going up.

“We need to learn from it, and look at them and where they’re going. That’s what we want, that’s the strong unit we want to become.

“Today has inspired me. You want to play at the highest level, with something at stake in matches. You want to see stadiums full. You want to have a great atmosphere. You want to be able to play in a very hostile and difficult situation.

“I must say that my players coped very well today. They just didn’t get rewarded for their efforts. We had a number of efforts, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, we can take a lot of positives from this game.”

Sean Dyche, who has now taken Burnley to the Premier League twice, reckons this is better than two years ago when we went up in second place having kicked off the season with little expectation.

“I think this is a better achievement than last time,” he said. “Last time we were on a crest of a wave, but this time we’ve had different expectations and a different level of challenge. The crowd were more nervy and edgy and to get that over the line with a fantastic staff and group of players, I couldn’t be more proud.

“We lost three very important players last time out and we had to design this, make good signings and mould them to knowing how we operate and take that forward. We still worked diligently off the pitch, with the business side of things, which I am so pleased about. We managed to balance the boos and when you look around the Championship, with all the money being spent everywhere, we actually brought as much money in as we spent.

“There have been so many good things this season and people forget we’re nearly half a season unbeaten, finishing in promotion for this club. I’m not sure it will be done again. It’s an absolutely massive achievement.

“I’ve been building this all season. It’s been by design and you have all the ups and downs and all the knocks, but you have to process that and staying firm and solid to your beliefs.

“For me it will be a calm couple of days now, but I can assure everyone there is a warm inner glow.

“We will be going for the title now, make no mistake. The lads will enjoy the moment and go out and have a few drinks, but Thursday we will come back in and we will be ready, I’ve explained that. Two years ago we were runners-up. Now we have a chance to get our hands on that trophy, so we will be going hard for it.”

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