Owen Coyle tells Burnley players to enjoy victory over Manchester United

19 August 2009 11:11
The Clarets first win since ending a 33-year top flight absence was also their first over United since 1968. [LNB]Veteran midfielder Robbie Blake was the match winner, lashing home an 18th-minute volley after a period of Burnley pressure. [LNB] Related ArticlesBurnley 1 Manchester United 0Burnley's old-fashioned wayBurnley v Manchester Utd previewBurnley lacking defendersBurnley warm to Premier battleBut goalkeeper Brian Jensen also deserved hero status, saving Michael Carrick's penalty just before half-time to lay the platform for an unexpected triumph, repeating Carling Cup shoot-out heroics from last season. [LNB]"I have told the players to enjoy it because it is not often you beat Manchester United," said Coyle. [LNB]"I felt before the game if everything went our way we could probably get a positive result. [LNB]"Then I saw a statistic on TV that Manchester United had won their last 17 matches against newly-promoted teams, scored 44 and conceded four. At that point I wish the TV had been turned off. [LNB]"We rode our luck at times but we offered enough of a goal threat. The goal itself was outstanding, although I was not surprised because that is the type of thing he has in his locker." [LNB]It was the perfect response to Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke. [LNB]That reverse had the critics out in force, claiming there was no way Burnley, with their minuscule budget, could possibly survive in such rareified company. [LNB]"One or two have already written us off," said Coyle. [LNB]"I am not surprised about that. When you look at the financial side, we will have to produce every week. [LNB]"Outside this club, everybody looked at our first five games (Stoke, United, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool) and expected we would be on zero points. [LNB]"We were disappointed on Sunday and we needed to be brave tonight. Now we have a massive game on Sunday against Everton, although whatever happens we are three points better off than we were at this stage in the Championship last season." [LNB]Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to offer congratulations to his fellow countryman, whose reputation is growing almost by the week. [LNB]And Ferguson is no doubt relieved his side will not encounter many atmospheres as hostile as the one United experienced tonight. [LNB]"People refer to this as a ramshackle place but I love this type of stadium," said Coyle. [LNB]"And the supporters know that these players will give their maximum in every game. [LNB]"Sir Alex said well done at the end. He dealt with defeat in the gracious manner I would expect of someone like that. [LNB]"He is the best manager in world football and I still expect Manchester United to be champions." [LNB]Ferguson could do little other than accept his side had got what they deserved. [LNB]"It was a bad performance considering the chances we had and the possession we had," he said. [LNB]"In fairness to Burnley they caused us problems and had a good spell in the first half. [LNB]"It has been a long time for them out of the top flight and you cannot deny them their victory. [LNB]"They have worked hard and the fans have been fantastic. [LNB]"They got behind them all night with everybody kicking the ball. It was fantastic for them on their return. It was a great occasion for them." [LNB]The choice of Carrick as a penalty-taker ahead of Rooney and Owen, who wasted two excellent chances in front of England coach Fabio Capello, was a surprise. [LNB]"Maybe if we had got the penalty just before half time it would have made a difference but in saying that we were too frivolous with the chances we had," he said. [LNB]United now head to Wigan on Saturday knowing they already have ground to make up in their bid to land an unprecedented fourth successive league title. [LNB]"I am sure we will get a response at Wigan," said Ferguson. [LNB]"The players are all disappointed. It was a bad result for us. It was a good passing pitch and we should have done better." [LNB] 

Source: Telegraph