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Burnley display no shock - Coyle

Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle says he does not mind who Burnley draw in the semi-final

Burnley manager Owen Coyle said his teams's display came as no surprise in their 2-0 cup victory over Arsenal.

Two goals from Kevin McDonald earned a memorable win for the Championship outfit as they reached the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

"There was no difference tonight, that's the standard we have been setting ourselves," Coyle said.

"All we asked was that they come in afterwards without regretting anything and they did that."

He added: "It was a real football atmosphere here tonight and went a long way to adding to the history of this football club.

"To reach the semi-final is a magnificent achievement for the club."

Burnley had to rely on keeper Brian Jensen to pull off a string of saves denying Arsenal strike duo Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela on several occasions.

And McDonald found the net early in either half for the hosts as they progressed to the semi-finals of a major competition for the first time in 25 years.


Coyle admitted he now does not mind who his side draw in the semi-finals.

"Whoever we get we will be underdogs so it really doesn't matter who we get," he said.

"There's only ourselves and three others in it so who knows what will happen."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rued missed opportunities as his side crashed out of the competition.

He again fielded his talented youngsters who created plenty of opportunities but who failed to find the net on several occasions.

"We had six one-on-ones with the goalkeeper and didn't score, and we were a bit fragile at the back as well," he said.

"Overall we had plenty of chances but if you don't score your one-on-ones, you have to question your right to qualify.

"Tonight you have to praise their keeper and question the strikers."

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Burnley 2-0 Arsenal
02 Dec 08 |  League Cup
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