Mowbray - Clarets deserved it

03 February 2009 10:34
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray admitted Burnley deserved their victory in their FA Cup fourth round replay.[LNB] The Baggies chief bemoaned his own strikers as the Clarets claimed a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor to move into the fifth round.[LNB]Gianni Zuiverloon had given West Brom some hope with his goal after Wade Elliott and Steve Thompson scored.[LNB]But the Baggies could not find the equaliser as Thompson scored the third late on and Mowbray admits Burnley deserved to go through as they took their chances.[LNB]"Let's sit here and give Burnley great credit," said Mowbray.[LNB]"They worked extremely hard, they got the goals, they have gone through to the next round and we wish them well.[LNB]"We missed a couple of good chances and found ourselves down to a great strike, but good luck to Burnley, we missed a few chances but so did they.[LNB]"They have some good players, and I felt tonight we were pretty comfortable and thought we were the better side and yet that doesn't matter, football is about putting the ball in the net. [LNB]"I thought their strikers showed great quality and desire in the last third, which out strikers lacked and I that is something that has been around us all season really, we have not been as clinical as we need to be."[LNB]Mowbray revealed that Jay Simpson had a hamstring issue which forced him off midway through the first half.[LNB]"Looks like he has got a slight strain on his hamstring and it doesn't help the cause, but we have to deal with it," he added.[LNB]The Baggies chief is also considering what to do with deadline day signing Juan Carlos Menseguez.[LNB]"We will see how he adapts, he is a bit of a wild card for us coming from South American football," he said. [LNB]"When the opportunity comes to give him time on the pitch we will, he is something a little different, a wide player with some tricks and a bit of individuality and lets see if he gets the opportunity to play."[LNB]Coyle delightBurnley chief Owen Coyle was quick to hail his side after they beat yet another Premier League side.[LNB]West Brom are the latest side to be beaten by the Clarets after Fulham, Arsenal and Chelsea all fell to the Championship club in the Carling Cup.[LNB]He said: "It was probably the best, as it is the one that counts now - the Carling Cup is finished, it was great while we were on it but we would love to have an FA Cup adventure similar to that.[LNB]"Each game we want to win, we were underdogs again against a Premier League side and we knew it was going to be a hard game, but it was a good footballing game with two teams trying to play football. I thought we deserved the win and being underdogs it is always good to beat a Premier League side.[LNB]"I am not going to pick out individuals as each and every one of them to the man gave everything they had.[LNB]"The way we went about it is what I want as a manager."[LNB]Coyle's side will now face Arsenal or Cardiff, and he admitted he doesn't have a preference - but insists they have a great chance against either side.[LNB]"We can't rule Cardiff out, it is not a 'gimme' - whoever we play, it is away but whoever it is it will be a tough tie, but it is a chance to get into the quarter-finals," he continued.[LNB]"We know when we can get to that level we can win matches, and we have shown that both home and away and wherever we go we will be positive as I insist to my players whenever we play."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports