Laws calls for change in attitude

The Clarets have been undermined throughout their maiden Premier

League campaign by their performances on the road. The East

Lancashire side have still collected just one point away from Turf

Moor and are sitting uncomfortably in the relegation zone with 13

games remaining. Laws, who took charge last month, used his side’s

elimination from the FA Cup to take the players away for some

warm-weather training last week and he hopes the change will have

done them good. The first test of that will come on Sunday as

Burnley face a tricky trip to Champions League hopefuls Aston

Villa. Laws said: “If you are not mentally strong the good sides

will expose you and rip you apart. “The Premier League is a very

cruel place to be and you get exposed if you have a weakness. “It

is quite understandable the players’ mindset is wrong because they

have not had any joy away from home. “They have got to keep

themselves motivated and keep going away from home. “Looking at the

other teams that have suffered in these circumstances, they stayed

motivated and kept going and going. “Eventually they broke their

duck and we will do the same. “There is no question about it,

before the end of the season we will get some points on the board.

“You have got to have that belief it is going to come.” And Laws

sees no reason why that should not happen at Villa Park. Burnley

have slipped into the bottom after losing five of their last six

games but Villa’s recent form is not brilliant either. Martin

O’Neill’s men, who play in the Carling Cup final next weekend, have

won just one in seven and scored three goals along the way. Laws

said: “There is no point getting on the bus if you don’t believe

you can get a win. “You might as well go and hand the points to

Aston Villa. “Do I want to do that? No. I want to have a go at

them. “Nobody is expecting us to get a result other than ourselves.

“If it doesn’t happen on Sunday, it will happen somewhere else.

That is the mindset we have got to have.” Burnley expect to have

defender Leon Cort available after a groin injury but veteran

Graham Alexander is rated only 50-50 after three weeks out with a

calf problem.