Eddie Howe praised the way his Newcastle players went about their business in the final game but admitted his sadness at seeing Burnley relegated.
The Magpies had long secured their top-flight survival before arriving at Turf Moor. However, the Clarets needed to match Leeds United’s result to avoid the drop. But, a 2-1 loss coupled with Leeds 2-1 triumph over Brentford, means Mike Jackson’s side will play in the Championship next term.
Callum Wilson gave Newcastle the lead on 20 minutes from the penalty spot. And the England striker doubled the advantage on the hour mark.
Maxwel Cornet pulled one back on 69 minutes but they could not find the two goals required to stay afloat. Howe is a former Burnley player and manager.
And the 44-year-old confessed that seeing his side take all the points to condemn the Clarets to the drop was a double-edged sword.
“I have massive sympathy for them. It’s a crushing feeling,” he told Sky Sports. “My thoughts are with everyone connected at Burnley. I loved my time here and have a lot of affection for this club.
“We had a job to do and I am very proud of my team.”
Howe provides Joelinton news
Newcastle finished in 11th spot in the Premier League table after a superb second half of the season. Seemingly dead and buried at the turn of the year, they rallied under Howe and with a few additions in January.
Six wins from their last eight games dragged the north-east outfit up the table and gave them a 14-point cushion to the bottom three.
The manager got the best out of his men. Joelinton finally proved his worth after sometimes being seen as a figure of fun under Steve Bruce.
The Brazilian was forced off with an ankle injury early in the contest. Howe confessed that it was a nasty-looking problem but made it clear the South American was able to enjoy the victory.
“It didn’t look good at the time,” he said. “I could see from the way he went down, I was thinking, ‘This could be serious’. It’s a deep laceration, and I think when the doctor saw him initially, he could see part of his bone.
“It was quite deep, so we knew immediately we had to withdraw him. He was in good spirits in the dressing room though. He had a boot on, but said he was okay, so that’s great news.”