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Eagles emerges from the haze

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Burnley midfielder Chris Eagles can see Wembley on the horizon after being left in a haze when he made his debut for the Coca-Cola Championship side.

As he prepared to face Tottenham in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday night, the 23-year-old cast his mind back to the opening day of the season where he was looking forward to making a good impression after arriving from Manchester United - but instead Burnley were thrashed 4-1 against Sheffield Wednesday.

He said: "I just could not believe the pace of the game. I was tired within an hour, I never thought I was going to last. But it is weird because your fitness breaks and you get into a stride. You train to play. So when you are playing Saturday then midweek it is the best feeling ever."

He added: "You get niggles and knocks but after about 10 minutes you are so concentrated you forget about them. I love it when the games are coming thick and fast."

That is why he shipped out of Old Trafford, although there was no pressure on him to do so.

Eagles - a former season ticket holder at Spurs - has made 20 starts this season compared to only three at United in the last campaign and scored five goals in the process.

He is making good progress and so are Burnley. They are now pushing for the play-offs after a poor start, not to mention cup glory.

Eagles said: "At United it is all about training to win. Being a big part of this Burnley team there is nothing I want more than to be successful.

"I am just learning to enjoy the moment and being on the big stage. Before it was different. I used to get nervous and was never able to take it in my stride."

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