Coyle hails fighting spirit
Burnley boss Owen Coyle was pleased with his side as they hit back to grab a point against Fulham.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 12/12/09 7:15pm
Burnley boss Owen Coyle was pleased with his side's battling display to come from a goal behind to claim a much-needed point against Fulham.
On the back of two away defeats, Coyle's men returned to Turf Moor and secured a hard-fought draw.
The Clarets had a few scares in the opening minutes when Cottagers winger Damien Duff found enough time and space to lob Brian Jensen, but his effort just went wide.
Minutes later Erik Nevland forced a near-post save from 'The Beast' and again the Burnley goalkeeper denied Duff.
However the home side were caught out on 50 minutes when Bobby Zamora slotted home after capitalising on a quick free-kick from defender Chris Baird.
But Coyle said he was happy with his side's dogged attitude which was rewarded 10 minutes later thanks to an excellent Wade Elliott equaliser.
"Any point in the Premier League is hard-earned and we picked ourselves up off the floor and scored a great goal and might have added to it," he said.
"We committed players forward and I felt we showed a lot of qualities today and it could turn out to be a very valuable point.
"We know the quality in the Premier League and it's a learning curve for us. But the players have an appetite for it and a quality and we play the right way."
Coyle picked out Chris Eagles for special praise after the midfielder's tireless performance which helped change the game in his side's favour.
Coyle added: "Eagles was outstanding. He was out on his legs and he gave everything and on that form, if he does it every week, then the world is his oyster."