Sean Dyche believes Burnley will re-emerge stronger from their Barclays Premier League experience after seeing the end of their top-flight stay confirmed despite victory at Hull.
Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute at the KC Stadium but other results conspired to send the Clarets straight back to the Championship.
Dyche maintained he had “no regrets” and defended his club from suggestions their failure to spend big money following promotion last summer had sealed their fate.
Dyche said: “We have got to look forward and learn from this division – there is no point constantly worrying about what ’s been done.
“The reality of football in the Premier League is that the debts are huge and people are willing to write them off, but our board members do not have tens of millions so there has to be a balance.
“That was the reality of the club – it has been here for 133 years and it has to be here for many more years to come, and the club is certainly in good shape.”
Burnley went into Saturday’s game facing the reality that their fate was all but mathematically sealed, but for hosts Hull defeat was a crushing blow to their survival hopes.
Despite Robbie Brady twice rattling the bar from long-range free-kicks, the Tigers lacked the spark which had earned them recent back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Defeat means they go into their last two games against Tottenham and Manchester United back in the bottom three and knowing at least one more win will be necessary to preserve their own top-flight status.
Knowing of Sunderland’s win in the lunchtime kick-off can hardly have helped the home side’s nerves but they almost the took the lead in the 19th minute when a Brady cross was cleared off the line by Jason Shackell.
Paul McShane was also inches away with a header but it was Burnley who looked stronger at the start of the second half, with Ashley Barnes sending an overhead kick just wide before Ings struck after the hosts failed to deal with Ben Mee’s ball into the box.
Hull boss Steve Bruce was left to complain about the fact captain Michael Dawson was off the pitch at the time due to a nosebleed but his frustration was nothing when compared to the wider challenge his team now faces.
Bruce said: “My main concern is we haven’t got anywhere near the level we’re capable of and I take responsibility for that.
“A lot of them fell short of the level we require and we have got to try and get it back because we have still got a chance.
“Against Palace and Liverpool we found a bit of form and we’ve got to go and produce two huge performances and make sure we make a fist of staying in this league.”