CLARETS boss Sean Dyche felt his side got the least they deserved from the derby with a late leveller from Sam Vokes.
Vokes headed in fellow substitute Junior Stanislas’ free kick in the 89th minute, cancelling out Jordan Rhodes’ opener midway through the second half.
But after completely dominating possession, chances and territory, especially in the first half, Dyche admitted it would have been “a travesty” if Burnley had lost:
“To give the fans that goal at the end is really important because it would have been a bit of a travesty I felt to come away from that with nothing.
“In the first half I thought we were very dominant on every level, the physicality of the side, the organisation and what I was very pleased with and I thought was very important was the quality of it.
“Not just the quality, but you want to shift the ball, you want to keep it, but you have to penetrate and I thought we penetrated on many occasions and came across two centre halves and a keeper in fine form in the first half.”
But Burnley have struggled to put together two halves of sustained quality play all season, and Dyche accepted: “They’re good sides that you play against in the Championship and it’s very difficult to dominate 90 minutes plus whatever else the referee plays. You’re trying to do that and you want that consistency of performance.
“They got back into it in a spell when it wasn’t great football, but rough and tumble and then got a goal against the grain of it, on the break, which we were disappointed with.
“But the mentality of the group was fantastic.
“After that little soft spell in the performance I thought we came back very strong and finished in fine shape, and going forward on the front foot as I call it.
“The mentality got affected for about 10 minutes and then it came back again, and we started playing again and shifting the ball. I really enjoyed the impact the subs made because that’s important over a season that they’re ready to come on and ready to affect the game and they affected it on the day.
“Overall I thought we deserved the minimum of a point and probably on reflection all three.”