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Coyle tells Clarets to celebrate
Published : 20 Aug 2009 08:54:00
Owen Coyle has given his Burnley players permission to go out and bask in the glory of beating Manchester United. The Clarets first win since ending a 33-year top flight absence was also their first over United since 1968. Veteran midfielder Robbie Blake was the matchwinner, lashing home an 18th-minute volley after a period of Burnley pressure. But 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. "I have told the players to enjoy it because it is not often you beat Manchester United," said Coyle. "I felt before the game if everything went our way we could probably get a positive result. "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. "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."