With a packed press box anticipating a story, and with 16,661 fans packed into Turf Moor, the scene was set.
There was a party atmosphere as the home fans sensed promotion was in touching distance.
Middlesbrough’s smash and grab raid spoiled the mood.
However, boss Sean Dyche didn’t feel the occasion affected his players on Saturday: “Absolutely not. I thought there was a clear focus, great energy and great quality to the performance.
“I’m pleased with that.
“All the rest of it is just noise around the outside, we focus on what we’re about and what we do.
“There were massive signs of it again - totally clear signs of what we’re about again.”
Meanwhile, 21-goal striker Sam Vokes’ recovery is underway after undergoing surgery to repair the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which has ruled him out for the season, and possibly beyond.
Vokes was hurt in the opening minutes of the 2-0 defeat at home to leaders Leicester City a fortnight ago, but Dyche was happy with how Wednesday’s operation went: “It’s all good so far.
“I’m assured the specialist was happy.”