New era now for Clarets— Laws

CLARETS boss Brian Laws was pleased to finally get some form of closure with victory over Bolton.

Owen Coyle and his legacy has loomed large over the club since his acrimonious departure in January, and Laws feels everyone can now move forward together and put an end to that chapter.

Burnley knocked Premier League Wanderers out of the Carling Cup with a thoroughly-deserved 1-0 win, courtesy of Wade Elliott’s acrobatic strike just before half-time.

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And Laws now hopes to draw a line under the Coyle era: “We knew it was going to be a tough night for Owen.

“I’m glad it’s out of the way really.

“It was always in the background lingering and hopefully this had put it to bed and we can both move on.

“Maybe the supporters have got it off their chest now and we can move on to a new era, concentrate on what we’ve got here and get the supporters right behind the players as they did here.

“They were outstanding. The support was unbelievable. What an atmosphere.”

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What was almost lost in the occasion was that Burnley had claimed another Premier League scalp, on the back of reaching the semi-finals two years ago, while earning a place in the last 16 of this year’s competition.

That was, ultimately, the job in hand, and Laws said: “I thought the players focussed their minds on the job and never got distracted from what was outside.

“The television cameras missed an absolute belter of a game which was scintillating to watch.

“The players started as we finished off on Saturday.

“We have got a momentum going and a belief and a confidence.

“It would have been nice to get the second goal, but there’s no doubt we were the better side in the end, and the pleasing thing is we are through to the next round.”