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Pure relief - Bale

Posted on 22 January 2009  - 12:00

Gareth Bale reiterated that there was no room for celebration in the dressing room at Burnley despite booking a place in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley.

Pure relief - Bale

Gareth Bale reiterated that there was no room for celebration in the dressing room at Burnley despite booking a place in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley.

The full-back played a key role as we rescued the tie with just three minutes of extra time remaining at Turf Moor.

We held a healthy 4-1 lead from the first leg at the Lane but goals from Robbie Blake, Chris McCann and Jay Rodriguez handed the home side an unexpected 3-0 win in the 90 minutes to level the tie up at 4-4 on aggregate and take it into extra time.

The picture completely changed for the extra 30 minutes - if the scoreline stayed at 3-0, Burnley would progress to Wembley via away goals.

We needed to score and with the extra time clock showing 27.12, Gareth picked out Benoit Assou-Ekotto's run into the box and he squared for Roman Pavlyuchenko to drill home.

Jermain Defoe added a second goal to put the issue beyond doubt with a 3-2 loss on the night but 6-4 win on aggregate.

"There were no celebrations," said Gareth. "Everyone knew it was a poor performance. We knew we had that three-goal lead from the first leg and we threw it away.

"It was embarrassing to let a three-goal lead slip and all of us knew that if we didn't get through it would be a massive disappointment to everyone.

"The third goal just before the end was a massive blow but we had to dig deep and show real determination.

"We all knew we had the quality to do it and it was just a case of trying to create the chances and put them away. No-one was looking at the clock, we were just concentrating on getting forward and trying to score.

"It was more about relief at the end. We shouldn't have been in that position. When we scored all the emotions came out and you could see what it meant to us but after the game we were all bitterly disappointed with the performance. We know we have to do a lot better."