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Brian Laws hails Burnley's response after Hull win

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Laws credits 'huge' win to players

Burnley manager Brian Laws praised his players' "fantastic response" as they put a "devastating" week behind them to beat relegations rival Hull 4-1.

A 6-1 hammering by Manchester City was followed by claims by out-of-favour midfielder Joey Gudjonsson that Laws had lost the Clarets' dressing room.

"It was the hardest week in the world", Laws said. "This has lifted everyone."

"There has been a lot of rubbish talked by the press," he added. "The players have answered all the critics."

It looked like more negative Burnley headlines were on the way when Kevin Kilbane headed the home side in front after just three minutes.

However, Martin Paterson's neat finish pulled Burnley level ten minutes before the break, before two Graham Alexander penalties and a Wade Elliott free-kick in the second half saw the Clarets romp to what could be a vital three points in their battle to avoid the drop.

We'll deal with Joey Gudjonsson's comments professionally - unlike the player

Burnley manager Brian Laws

"For 10 or 15 minutes we were very fragile, but you can't be superhuman," said former Sheffield Wednesday boss Laws.

"Pato got us a goal and the belief oozed back into the players and we started to stroke the ball about and ask a few more questions."

"The pace of David Nugent was causing them all sorts of problems, and I thought Steven Fletcher was outstanding. I thought everyone was outstanding," added Laws, whose side are now third from bottom, ahead of the Tigers on goal difference, though still four points from safety.

Laws, who succeeded Owen Coyle in January, achieved something at the KC Stadium that his predecessor had failed to do with the Clarets this season - win an away match.

"Maybe the players haven't believed they could go out and win a game away from home but they now have, you never know, we might just go on a mini-run," the Burnley boss reflected.

One player who looks certain not to feature in the Clarets' run-in is the outspoken Gudjonsson, who was this week quoted as saying "all the players have lost faith in him [Laws]".

"We'll deal with Joey Gudjonsson's comments professionally - unlike the player," said Laws.

"It's come from a player who finds himself out the door, in terms of no contract being offered to him for next season.

"It's a cheap shot, we'll deal with it on Monday and we will deal with it professionally."

And the Burnley boss was adamant that the claims made by Gudjonsson, who has played just 14 times in all competitions this season, were wholly inaccurate and blown out of proportion.

"I'm an easy target. I'm in the bottom three, nothing is going well, the results aren't great, apparently I'm falling out with players. It's an absolute joke."

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Gudjonsson will become the second player at Burnley in the space of a week to feel Laws's wrath.

The club fined midfielder Kevin McDonald after he left Turf Moor without permission at half-time in last Saturday's Manchester City mauling.

Laws believes, though, that that humiliating defeat could have kick-started his players' battle for Premier League survival.

"We are in dogfight, there's no question about it, we're not kidding ourselves," he added.

"This would have been a massive game for Hull to win. We are not clear, but we are in their with a fight. Maybe that performance against Man City might be the catalyst for us to pick up some wins."

Opposing manager Iain Dowie, meanwhile, will be hoping his Hull side can display some of his infamously coined "bouncebackability" when they resume their survival fight at Birmingham next Saturday.

Dowie said: "I hope we are the wounded animal next weekend, clearly it's not a result we would like to be associated with.

"We never pushed. We started to do some bizarre things, didn't pass the ball and gave away poor penalties at poor times."

"There is a fragility about the place. We've got five games left and I will demand a response."



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see also
Hull 1-4 Burnley
10 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Dowie braced for Burnley backlash
09 Apr 10 |  Hull
Laws dismisses Blake row report
08 Apr 10 |  Burnley
Burnley fine McDonald for walkout
06 Apr 10 |  Burnley
Burnley 1-6 Man City
03 Apr 10 |  Premier League


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