Brian Laws hails Burnley's response after Hull win
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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