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Burnley boss Brian Laws defends tactics and formation

Burnley boss Brian Laws
Laws took over in January with the Clarets in the Premier League

Burnley boss Brian Laws has defended his tactics in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Coventry City in the wake of fierce criticism from supporters.

After beating Watford 3-2 in the previous game, fans were disappointed not to see a continuation of the 4-4-2 formation at the Ricoh Arena.

Laws told BBC Radio Lancashire: "People say it's about formations - what a load of rubbish - we ran out of patience."

Burnley, who are 10th, are the only Championship club without an away win.

"We were as creative with the formation as the opposition - that tells us we were doing the right thing," added Laws. "The disappointment is we stopped doing that and whether or not we changed the formation, we still stopped doing it.""

Fans booed as the players left the field while others called BBC Radio Lancashire to demand a change in manager.

People say it's about formations - what a load of rubbish - we ran out of patience

Burnley manager Brian Laws

Laws hit back: "We lost that patience - but we're still a good side, there's enough experience in there to keep that calmness about us - they're not kids - I am very frustrated."

Some supporters also expressed surprise that Ross Wallace did not start against the Sky Blues after scoring as a substitute against Watford.

"It was a big decision", admitted Laws. "But when we looked at Coventry, it was right to play the way we played.

"You can't turn around and say to me that the formation in the first half was wrong or the players because we created enough - the only criticism I have is that we didn't take the chances we created."

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Coventry 1-0 Burnley
20 Nov 10 |  Championship
Burnley 3-2 Watford
13 Nov 10 |  Championship
Burnley appoint Laws as new boss
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