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Burnley manager Owen Coyle admitted his team will need to learn quickly after paying the price for two mistakes on their top-flight return.

The promoted Clarets were beaten 2-0 at Stoke in their Barclays Premier League opener after Ryan Shawcross scored with a header and Stephen Jordan netted at the wrong end.

"We were warned about the threat Stoke have and that is what is quite galling about it," said Coyle.

"We gave away a cheap free-kick and we know Shawcross is good in the air, and he was unmarked.

"That put us on the back foot but we came out fighting until we shot ourselves in the foot with the long throw and the own goal.

"We had a mountain to climb from that point. There are a number of things we have learned. The margins for error are minimal in the Premier League and I think that has been borne out.

"But we have shown we can offer a lot and compete at this level."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis wanted to keep his side's victory in perspective after learning lessons from the Potters' successful first season in the top flight.

He said: "The big thing is if you win you mustn't get too carried away with it, and if you lose you mustn't get too down.

"You have got to keep as level as you can. You can go six or seven games without winning in this league and then win three on the bounce and still be mid-table. It is very important you keep focused."

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