Laws tells fans to lay off Coyle

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Burnley manager Brian Laws believes it is time for Clarets fans to end their hostility towards former boss Owen Coyle.

The Clarets condemned Coyle to the worst possible return to Turf Moor on Tuesday night as Wade Elliott's volley earned them a Carling Cup shock against Bolton. Coyle was abused from first minute to last by the fans who afforded the Scot hero status until he quit to join Bolton in January.

"It is nice to get it out of the way," said Laws. "It has been hanging around for a long time. It needed it, otherwise it would be going on for a few seasons. The supporters have got it off their chests. Now it is time to move on into a new era and concentrate on what we have here."

Coyle was magnanimous enough to offer a handshake to Laws and the players he knows so well at the final whistle.

Now Laws wants to ensure his side are back amongst the elite to set up a rather less hostile reunion next term.

"He congratulated us. There is no doubt we were the better side," said Laws.

"I am sure he wants to move on as well. We are on different paths now but hopefully we can meet up again next year."

For Coyle, the major disappointment was not the reception, it was the failure of referee Mark Clattenburg to spot what he felt was a blatant handball in the build-up to Elliott's winner.

"I spoke to him at half-time because I wanted to be clear he hadn't seen it rather than just chose to ignore it," said Coyle.

"I have seen the pictures. He clearly punched the ball. There was no disputing the ball was over the line but I thought we were playing volleyball."

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