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Burnley’s season ended in defeat at Sheffield United but the 1-0 win for the home side was the farewell they wanted from the Premier League with interim manager Paul Heckingbottom set to go out on that victory.

“It was a good win, a good performance,” Heckingbottom said. “I’m delighted for the fans and I’m delighted for the players as well, to get a win in front of the fans. I told them before the game that I thought we deserved a win for how they’ve approached my time here, but they had to earn it, and we did that.

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“We were a threat on the counter, which we haven’t been for a lot of the games, and defended our box very well, so I’m pleased with them and for them.”

David McGoldrick scored the only goal and Heckingbottom said: “We’ve tried to do a lot of work on creating chances and scoring goals while not losing strength at the other end. It’s a tough game to score goals in, the goal today was straight from the training ground in terms of positions but then it was the moment of quality and class you need to win games.”

Sean Dyche was hoping to recall Nick Pope today but couldn’t and then faced making a change in the centre of defence with Ben Mee unable to play due to a groin injury. That’s how things have been and Dyche admitted: “We’ve kind of petered out at the end, but after a big win against Fulham I think there was bound to be a bit of a reaction and that edge just came of us.

“For the first time, it was more a feeling of relief than that gusto feeling after a tough season. It’s been a tough finish to the season, and there is a little bit of frustration with the performance. We were a bit timid today, but there’s been a lot of good work done by these players and it’s elation I feel over the season.”

He added: “There’s a frustration at the last couple of results, but again we were missing key players and that’s been the story of the season. We were without our captain and a fantastic keeper and they are hard slots to fill for a club like ours. I can’t imagine that will carry on because next season the games schedule will change, and it needs to.

“It’s been a different kind of achievement this season in many ways with a massive games schedule, the raft of injuries and no fans in the stadiums, yet we still got 39 points which is not to be scoffed at.”

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