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BURNLEY 3 BURTON ALBION 1

Published 30/01/2011 | 05:00

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Burnley boss Eddie Howe praised two-goal hero Chris Eagles after watching his side progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup. The former Manchester United midfielder scored a superb opener on 29 minutes and doubled his tally in the second half, with Calvin Zola pulling one back for the League Two side before Martin Paterson rounded off the scoring in injury-time.

"He's the type of player you can build a team around," Howe said of the 26-year-old Eagles. "There's been talk of teams coming in for him, but we definitely want to keep hold of all our better players, and he is amongst that group."

The Clarets boss paid tribute to Albion for a battling display and said he would have his fingers crossed for a home tie in the next round.

"It was a tough game for us. We knew Burton would make it difficult for us and it's turned out that way," he said. "At 2-0 up we looked to be comfortable seeing the game out, but they scored and it lifted them. The third goal eased the nerves a little, though. We'll have to wait and see what the last 16 draw brings for us. Down the years I've hoped for a lot of things that haven't come to fruition, but I suppose a home draw is the best we can hope for."

"I thought the scoreline flattered Burnley," said Burton manager Paul Peschisolido. "Chris Eagles has got that bit of magic that we had to deal with a few times, but we dominated the game in spells so I'm proud of my players. We've come up against an excellent Championship side, but we've matched them in certain aspects."

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