Debutant Tyrone Mings refused to let Ipswich’s first defeat in four games put a downer on his big day.
The defender was a mortgage advisor only six months ago before being poached from Evo-Stik South side Chippenham Town.
His last game was in front of 317 fans but following a whirlwind six months the youngster was left raving about his first taste of the big time.
“My last game at Chippenham was away at Stourbridge, and it doesn’t really compare,” said Mings.
“I think the most people I’ve ever played in front of is about 500, so to come to Burnley and play in front of thousands is amazing.
“The atmosphere was brilliant and how I’d just like to play as many games as possible.
“I enjoyed every minute of it, and I thought I did well.”
Mings’ day was spoiled by two second-half strikes from the Clarets that ended Ipswich’s three-game unbeaten run.
After a chanceless first half, Junior Stanislas opened the scoring with a deflected 25-yard shot that rifled into the top corner before Martin Paterson completed the scoring with a header from close range three minutes from time.
And winger Stanislas, 23, is now targeting a top-six place next year after helping put one over derby rivals Blackburn this term.
He said: “It’s nice to end the season finishing above Blackburn for the first time in 34 years.
“I think we could challenge next year, so hopefully we can push on a bit more.”