Mark Hughes delighted with Potters record points finish
Burnley 0 Stoke City 0
Published 16/05/2015 | 18:30
Manager Mark Hughes was proud of his Stoke players after they delivered a club-record points tally in the Barclays Premier League.
The Potters' low-quality 0-0 draw at relegated Burnley took them to 51 points - the most they have ever registered in the seven years they have been in the Premier League - and also ensures successive top-half finishes in the top flight for the first time in 40 years.
The record could have been brought up with a win, but Mame Diouf spurned two good opportunities to break the deadlock, while Jonathan Walters also missed a good chance for the Potters.
Although the manner of the result which got them the record may have been uninspiring, Hughes took great pride at the achievement.
"We got to 51 points, we are delighted with that, it's a huge effort from everybody this year," he said. "We got 50 last year and ninth position but we had to work harder for it this year for it, we've have had more injuries to key personnel that we've had to deal with but we have come though as a group and been really strong.
"Today wasn't anything like the level we hit last weekend, it was difficult conditions, I think everybody could see that.
"In the end we just found a way to make sure we took something out of the game and thankfully results elsewhere went for us and we have confirmed ninth in the Premier League.
"Back-to-back top 10 finishes is something this club hasn't done for 40-odd years so it's a real achievement and something we are all very proud of. Next year we will test them again and try and do better than we have this year."
It should be no surprise it ended goalless as Turf Moor has seen fewer goals than any other Premier League ground this season, with just 35, highlighting exactly where Burnley's problems have been.
Indeed a home campaign, which has seen a victory over Manchester City and draws with Manchester United and Tottenham, has been undermined with games Sean Dyche's men have dominated but not been able to turn into wins.
And a familiar tale unfolded as the hosts, missed a hatful of early chances to go in front, with Danny Ings particularly desperate to score in what looks like being his Turf Moor swansong.
Dyche said: "That has been a frustration all season, that is the reality of going up the levels, you have to take chances.
"You have to make the big moments yours. Once again, generally it was a good performance, we defended well, we had good shape, good energy, created chances - got to take them. That's the frustration this season for sure.
"I am really proud of the players because that was a big knock last week. To come out that and deliver a performance on the back of that, I am very proud."
On Ings' likely exit Dyche added: "I don't think I need to say too much, not with his words but with his actions, certainly over the last two seasons.
"It's good to see his development, it looks like it won't continue with us but we have played a big part in his development."