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Burnley manager Brian Laws fumes over Blackburn penalty

Brian Laws

Laws sets Burnley survival target

Brian Laws was unable to contain his anger over the penalty decision that gave Blackburn a 1-0 win, leaving his Burnley side in the relegation mire.

The penalty, converted by David Dunn, was awarded after referee Mike Dean ruled that Clarets keeper Brian Jensen tripped Rovers defender Martin Olsson.

"He took a dive, he conned the referee - it's left us with a mountain to climb," said Burnley manager Laws.

Burnley are three points from safety with six Premier League games left.

Laws, who has won only one match as Burnley boss since taking over from Owen Coyle in January, also queried referee Dean's consistency at Turf Moor.

"We didn't get a lot of joy from any of the decisions and I was disappointed with that - I thought it might even itself out," added Laws.


"If the referee thought it was a penalty by the goalkeeper then you either send him off or book him.

"I'm not blaming the player, he's done everything possible to try and get a goal against us through a penalty or his own work, but I'm disappointed because we want to see honesty and we want to see the referee get the correct decisions."

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce defended Olsson.

"I think Martin might have got the slightest touch and gone down with the momentum - it's up for discussion," stated Allardyce.

Victory for Burnley would have boosted their survival bid and put them level on points with 17th-placed West Ham, although the Clarets have a vastly inferior goal difference.

Hull, in 18th spot and on 27 points, have a game in hand on Burnley and the Hammers.

"Is it over? No it's not over - the maths tell you it's not over, though we are certainly going to have to win three or possibly four games to get out of it," conceded Laws, whose side face Manchester City at home on Saturday before visiting Hull on 10 April.

We deserve more credit - Allardyce

"We have to make sure this does not deflate us too much before our next game."

Meanwhile, Allardyce commended his players for the win that took his side up to 10th in the table.

"We handled the local derby atmosphere well - we also had the wind and bobbly pitch to contend with," he added.

"Our attitude, professionalism and organisation has won the game. On chances created, we could have won it more comfortably."

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Premier League table

Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20
5 Man City 10 17 19
6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9
18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

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