SEAN Dyche felt a point was the least his players deserved on derby day, declaring it would have been “a travesty” if Burnley had been beaten.
After bossing the first half against Blackburn, the Clarets fell behind to a Jordan Rhodes header in the 68th minute.
But Sam Vokes made it all square by heading his second goal of the season past Paul Robinson in the 89th.
Dyche believed his players had done enough over the course of the game to warrant all three points.
But despite encouraging his players to re-write the derby history books – after an almost 34-year wait to beat Rovers – in the circumstances he admitted that he was satisfied with the draw.
“I like the mentality of these games,” said the Burnley boss.
“I was even suggesting the turnaround in history, making it clear to the lads what better chance have you got?
“When it’s so far against you historically it’s time to turn it round and we so nearly did, and probably should have.
“But 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 Dyche admitted it was difficult to sustain that level of performance for an entire game.
“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,” he said.
“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 minimum a point and probably on reflection all three.”