Laws: City defeat could be turning point

The Clarets’ slim hopes of a second season in the top flight were

strengthened by a 4-1 win at fellow relegation candidates Hull.

When Kevin Kilbane headed Hull in front after three minutes, Laws

feared a repeat of the previous week’s rout at Turf Moor, when City

netted five first-half goals. But Martin Paterson equalised with a

neat turn and shot after 35 minutes, Graham Alexander twice

converted from the penalty spot within six second-half minutes and

Wade Elliott curled in a stoppage-time fourth as Burnley recorded

their first away win of the season. “I think this will give us a

great lift,” said Burnley boss Laws, who was thrilled after his

second win from 14 league matches in charge. “Stupid as it may

sound, the fact that we took a thumping from Man City might even be

a blessing in disguise. “And I hope I say that at the end of the

season, because it will mean we’re still in the Premier League.”

Burnley remain four points adrift of safety, level on points with

Hull, after West Ham beat Sunderland – a result which confirmed

Portsmouth’s relegation. Laws maintains the belief Burnley can

avoid joining Portsmouth in dropping to the Championship and says

Lancashire rivals Wigan and Bolton, the Hammers and Wolves will be

wary of slipping up. Asked about the size of the Clarets’ survival

prospects, Laws said: “Bigger than last week, but nobody’s going to

get carried away. “It gives us a fighting chance. We’ve grabbed a

hold of a couple of ankles. “There’s a few teams looking at this

result who may look over their shoulder. “You never know,

particularly the last part of the season, there’s some crazy

results out there.” Saturday’s fixture at the KC Stadium could be

labelled as one of those “crazy results”.