Coyle: We outplayed Spurs

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Burnley boss Owen Coyle was gushing with pride after his side came within two minutes of reaching the Carling Cup final at Wembley.

Tottenham's late 6-4 aggregate win was incredibly harsh on Burnley, who exposed the soft underbelly in Redknapp's side at a freezing, windswept and rain-lashed Turf Moor, and won the fixture on the night 3-2.

Coyle said: "We were two minutes from getting in the final but you don't always get what you deserve in football."

He added: "The atmosphere was unbelievable and the fans played their part and roared us on. I really couldn't be any more proud of the lads after what they offered.

"Yes, I'm disappointed but we can go out with our heads held high because we were magnificent."

Burnley claimed three Premier League scalps in their glorious run, beating Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal - as well as the second-leg win over Spurs - before their fairytale ended.

"A lot of the time in these types of games against higher-placed teams you don't beat them at their own game in terms of football - but we did that," said Coyle.

"We stood toe to toe with Tottenham over the two games so they've got to believe in what they're capable of doing.

"I asked them to have no regrets and I thought they were outstanding individually and collectively."

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