Coyle keen to pick up first points
Published : 24 Sep 2009 15:19:30Rss feed
Despite making an excellent start to life in the top flight with nine points from their first six games, the Clarets are yet to earn a point on their travels in their debut Premier League campaign. And after defeats at Stoke, Chelsea and Liverpool, the quest now takes them to White Hart Lane, the ground they last visited for the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-finals in January. Having already beaten Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the competition, Burnley took a first-half lead in that game before being brought back down to earth with a bump as Tottenham rallied to run out 4-1 winners. Coyle's men then famously almost turned the tie around in the second leg before finally going down 6-4 on aggregate, but now the mathematics are far simpler - currently on zero, Burnley need to start accumulating away points, something the manager has been emphasising to his players. "I hope it's not like the first leg, that's for sure, although in the first half we were terrific at White Hart Lane," Coyle said. "It's always going to invoke memories because it was such a terrific experience for everybody at the football club. "We can't affect that now though, we can only affect what is in front of us and that is the Premier League season - we have started well and we want that to continue. "We have to go now and try and earn some points on our travels. "We have been to Stoke on the opening day, followed by Chelsea and Liverpool and they don't get any easier. "But there are points available to us and we know that if we are at our maximum and all doing our job individually and collectively, we are capable of winning points. That has to be the motivation on Saturday." The two teams come into the game after a week of contrasting fortunes in this year's Carling Cup. While Burnley suffered the ignominy of being eliminated at the third-round stage by Championship strugglers Barnsley, Tottenham continued their free-scoring start to the season by cruising past Preston 5-1 at Deepdale. With Peter Crouch - who bagged a hat-trick - Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe all on target and in red-hot form, the indications are that Burnley could be blown away again at White Hart Lane, but Coyle insists this is as much an opportunity to get off the mark away from home as any other. "White Hart Lane is a difficult place to go at the best of times and they will be boosted by their tremendous result during the week," Coyle said. "But it's a game we are looking forward to. We will look to be positive and to try and pass and move that ball. "You know that regardless of who lines up for Tottenham Hotspur, they are going to be absolute quality. "The array of talent they have throughout the club, particularly in the forward areas of the park, is there for everybody to see. "The boys that got the goals against Preston - that is three top international class strikers. "We know the quality they have got, we know there will be times when we are going to have to stand up and be counted in terms of the ball when we are under pressure. "But we also know that if we go and pass and move it, we can cause problems and I think Tottenham are aware of that. "They know our strengths from last season and I think it will be a very good footballing game." There was additional disappointment for Coyle after the Barnsley game as surgery revealed that striker Martin Paterson will be ruled out for three months having damaged cartilage in his knee, joining midfielder Chris McCann on the sidelines until Christmas. Goalkeeper Brian Jensen also had to be taken off during the 3-2 defeat at Oakwell, but Coyle is hopeful the Dane will have recovered in time for Saturday.