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Posted on 22 January 2009  - 12:00

Burnley manager Owen Coyle said his players could 'hold their heads up high' after pushing us all the way in the Carling Cup semi-final.

Opposition view

Burnley manager Owen Coyle said his players could 'hold their heads up high' after pushing us all the way in the Carling Cup semi-final.

Goals from Robbie Blake, Chris McCann and Jay Rodriguez took the tie into extra time and the Clarets were just three minutes from Wembley when Roman Pavlyuchenko produced his most important goal to date in a Spurs shirt.

Jermain Defoe struck moments later to make it 3-2 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate.

"It's certainly gut-wrenching," said Coyle. "All credit to the players. They were magnificent from start to finish.

"Nobody outside that dressing room gave us a chance. I said before the game that we believed we could score the first goal and we could make it a game to remember and we did that.

"At the end of the day you have to score goals to win games and they've scored more than us, but I genuinely believe we did enough to reach the final.

"Everybody at Burnley can be proud of what they did. We've got to pick ourselves up, we've got a massive FA Cup match against West Brom on Saturday.

"We have to dust ourselves down and come back stronger.

"I asked the players to have no regrets and I couldn't have asked for more both individually and collectively."