MARK Lillis says his old pal Brian Laws can drive Burnley back towards the promised land of the Premier League – but is warning the Clarets their Carling Cup dreams could go as flat as the great expanse of Morecambe Bay tonight.

Laws takes his men up the M6 for the second round tie with League Two Morecambe and while he can expect to see a familiar face in the shape of his mate Lillis, any pleasantries will be put on hold until after the big game at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe’s assistant boss was a team-mate of Laws in the 1980s at Huddersfield Town and then worked as his number two during the good days at Scunthorpe United as the Iron enjoyed many memorable moments.

And while the former Manchester City striker is looking forward to catching up with his old friend, he is equally determined to make Burnley’s evening by the seaside as uncomfortable as possible.

“It’s a cracking tie,” smiled Lillis. “And for us I don’t think we could have had a better draw.

“The stadium will be packed and to be fair Burnley could have sold it out themselves three times over - and none of us can wait, it will be rocking.

“It’s actually the first time that I have gone dugout to dugout with Brian and I can’t wait, it would be lovely to beat him.”