We are still the same players, team and staff

Last updated : 13 January 2009 By Tony Scholes
Sousa, recently installed at Loftus Road, told BBC Radio in London: "Burnley are one of the best teams in our league. They've had a lot of important games from the 26th December, also against Premier League clubs.

"Burnley have great players, who have shown they could play in the Premier League with high quality. A team that comes to London and plays like they played against Tottenham needs to be a good team."

Coyle has seen the Clarets go five games without a win and is now looking for them to get back on track. "There's no doubt that when the fans are high they are high and sometimes there is a tendency to get carried away," he said.

"We try to make sure we don't do that, but when you have lost a couple of games, as we have done of late, there is also a tendency to think that the whole world has collapsed. You have to remain level headed and firm in the belief that you are still the same club and doing exactly the same thing.

"A little bit of luck can always go against you and you can lose a little bit of form here and there, but there is no doubt we can bounce back from that quickly and go and look to put another of those cup runs together.

"There is no getting away from the fact that two or three players have lost a bit of form. So we have to get to the bottom of that and make sure that they bounce back and are vibrant and go back and show the team that they are.

"We are still the same players, the same team, and the same staff, nothing has changed. What happens is that you get a little smack and it is how you react and bounce back from it and that is what we are looking to do."

The manager stressed the importance of the FA Cup and added: "Once again we need to look to get an FA Cup run, like we did in the Carling Cup, and do your best against a quality QPR side.

"We will have to be at our very best to progress, but I'd like to think that when we go for it we can also shut the back door, like we did at QPR in the original tie. If we do that, we can set a platform to build on."