JIMMY Dunne was thrilled to celebrate a winning debut, after helping Burnley reach the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Beating Premier League rivals Sheffield United in a penalty shoot-out ended the Clarets’ hoodoo, with it registering as only their second win in the competition since 2014.

And Dunne, who played alongside Kevin Long in the absence of the injured Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, was delighted to play his part in his first senior appearance.

“I tried to remain focused and do my job the best I could and communicate well and stick to the basics, and that’s what I’ll continue to do in the future,” said the 22-year-old.

“You have to get used to playing at that kind of intensity. The boys are used to it but that’s the first I’ve seen and I’m delighted to come out with a win. It’s made the occasion a lot better.

“I’ve been very fortunate with the centre-backs I’ve had ahead of me. It’s frustrating as well because you’re always dying for an opportunity.

“But at the same time I’ve been very fortunate to have a really good group of centre-backs to learn from.

“With the situation tonight I’ve found myself alongside Longy, which was nice as a fellow Irishman and someone who has always spoken well to me and always been there to help me. Again, that’s made the occasion even better.”

The Premier League continues to take priority for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, and they begin their 2020/21 campaign at Leicester City on Sunday.

But Dunne said it was important to chalk off a cup win as well. And he noted that coming back from behind against the Blades to draw 1-1 after 90 minutes and take the game to penalties emphasised their resilience.

“The Premier League season has been the premier focus but it’s nice if we can win everything in front of us. That’s all we can do,” added Dunne, who joined the Clarets from Manchester United four years ago and has enjoyed loan spells with Barrow, Accrington Stanley and Sunderland – among others – to further his development.

“We approached this with the best mentality possible and attacked it 100 per cent.

“I know from the lads how we train and from the games in the past that we don’t give up.

“We always scrap and we were absolutely brilliant to come back and then be cool in the penalties we well.

“The lads were very cool and collected.”