Coyle proud of brave Clarets
22 Jan 2009 - 07:33:22
Burnley manager Owen Coyle paid tribute to his "magnificent" players after they came close to shocking Tottenham and securing a place in the Carling Cup final.
The Clarets trailed 4-1 from the first leg at White Hart Lane but drew level after taking a 3-0 lead on the night courtesy of goals from Robbie Blake, Chris McCann and substitute Jay Rodriguez.
Spurs responded with two goals late in extra-time to take the tie 6-4 on aggregate, but afterwards Coyle urged his players to be proud of their achievement.
"We were two minutes from getting in the final but you don't always get what you deserve in football," he said.
"I really couldn't be any more proud of the lads after what they offered.
"Yes, I'm disappointed but we can go out with our heads held high because we were magnificent.
"We stood toe-to-toe with Tottenham over the two games so they've got to believe in what they're capable of doing.
"I asked them to have no regrets and I thought they were outstanding individually and collectively."