Stoke's Simonsen keeps Coyle from opening success

Last updated at 21:58 24 November 2007


New Burnley manager Owen Coyle was full of praise for his players' efforts in his first game in charge.

Despite being held by

Stoke, Coyle enthused: "From

start to finish we were

terrific,we had a nice shape

to the team and on any other

day we would have had

three points.

"Stoke rode their luck. There

was a real energy to the team

but I have stressed to the

players to be creative in the

final third of the field."

Burnley dominated the

game from first whistle to last but could not find a way

past Steve Simonsen.

The Stoke goalkeeper made

his best save after 37 minutes

when he brilliantly turned a

volley from Alan Mahon

behind for a corner.

In the second half, he

denied Robbie Blake and

Chris McCann before Kyle

Lafferty wasted Burnley's

best chance.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said:

"I was very pleased with our

effort and commitment."

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