DERBY hero Danny Ings says he cannot imagine scoring a more significant goal this season, after he earned Burnley their first win over Blackburn Rovers in 35 years.
The Clarets’ top scorer struck in front of the 4,500 away fans at Ewood Park six minutes after captain Jason Shackell had cancelled out Jordan Rhodes' first-half opener, and re-wrote the history books.
Matchwinner Ings said: “At this moment in time I can’t imagine scoring a more significant goal. There’s no better feeling.
“When I was walking off the pitch I was shaking with the adrenaline.
“It’s definitely up there with the best moments of my career.”
But Ings praised a team effort, particularly the impact of substitutes Ross Wallace and Ashley Barnes with Burnley scoring twice in six minutes soon after the pair came on, and with both involved in the goals.
“It’s a great feeling but I can’t take the credit for that, the lads were terrific,” said the England Under 21 international.
“Obviously the strikers get the credit for scoring the goals but I thought we defended as a team. We were fantastic.
“Going 1-0 down at a place like this the lads showed true character to get back into it. It’s a massive stadium against a rival team.
“Ross’s ball in for the first goal was fantastic, and Jason was very brave and got there in front of the keeper.
“It was the same with Barnesy, when he came on he held the ball up and helped to see the game out. He was fantastic.
“We had 4,500 fans behind us too and it was a great feeling.”
Ings’ winner – his 25th goal of the season – stretched the Clarets’ unbeaten run to 12 Championship games, and increased their lead on the second automatic promotion spots to eight points, and put a dent in rivals Rovers’ play-off hopes.
“It was all about getting the points on the table, that was the main important thing. But at the same time doing it for the fans was a great feeling as well,” added Ings.
“It’s such a good feeling when you get the fans behind you, even at a place like that at a local derby, but all you could hear was Burnley fans, which was fantastic, and it really roared us on.”
In dedicating the success to the fans – including all seven boardroom members – manager Sean Dyche admitted the derby win was as good a feeling as he had experienced in football.
“I think it is for an individual moment. I’ve experienced things over time, promotions etc. But as an individual moment then it’s got to be up there – of course as a manager, absolutely,” said the Burnley boss.
“For me, for the players, for the group I think it's a magic moment for all, particularly the fans.”
Attention now turns to Wednesday’s game at Birmingham.
Dyche added: “We’ve made history so the lads have got to enjoy it, and I’m sure we will but in a sensible way.
“We’ll have a smile on our face and get ready for Wednesday. This game’s behind us now, we’ll go into the next one with a clear mind and hopefully get another win.”