Coyle aims to keep sense of perspective

30 October 2009 01:51
Burnley boss Owen Coyle has called for a sense of perspective as his side prepare to take on Hull at Turf Moor.

Coyle's side had not dropped any points on home soil since the 4-2 defeat in the Championship at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday at the end of February until they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Wigan last weekend. In the interim the Clarets won 10 in a row, becoming the first newly-promoted club to win their opening four Premier League home games with victories over Manchester United, Everton, Sunderland and Birmingham. However, they were brought crashing back down to earth this month with a defeat by local rivals Blackburn, their fifth consecutive loss on their travels, and the Wigan loss.

Those back-to-back defeats have altered the outlook of many Burnley fans who were looking up the league table without fear. Some have already dubbed the game a `six-pointer', but Coyle has called for calm and asked supporters to take a balanced look at what the club has achieved over the past two seasons before criticising the team.

"The bottom line is that we're looking to put in a consistent performance, an entertaining performance and win three points," said Coyle. "It's the same three points for each and every game. I've said that before because you raise the bar in terms of expectation which we have.

"It's coming up to two years since I came to a football club languishing in the Championship and we've come up to the Premier League having spent less money than what we've brought in, having done it on the revenue and budget which was in the bottom four of the Championship, having played 61 games, having lost narrowly in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, we've got to this stage and all of a sudden the expectation rises.

"Fans think we're an established Premier League club and we're not, we're working with one of the smallest budgets the Premier League has seen for years and I think people have to look at that and take everything into consideration. These players are giving everything they can to win points for the football club."

Source: Eurosport