Laws hopes life’s a beach for Black Cats

Laws was in a mischievous mood after last weekend’s victory against

Hull that gives his team a chance of avoiding relegation from the

Premier League. And the former Sheffield Wednesday boss could not

resist a dig at his old pal Bruce as they prepared to go head to

head on Saturday at the Stadium of Light. Under Bruce’s stewardship

the Black Cats have enjoyed some good results at home this season,

not least of all against Liverpool when goalkeeper Jose Reina

conceded a goal after being distracted by a beach ball. Laws said:

“I know Steve Bruce very well as we were at Wallsend Boys Club

together. That’s how far back we go. “We have gone our different

ways but got back together in the management side. He is a good

friend. “I saw him the other week and said ‘I am going to send you

a bucket of sand, a spade and a beachball. You enjoy yourself on

holiday. It starts before we turn up on Saturday’. Let’s hope they

are thinking like that.”‘ With the clock ticking down Burnley are

looking for back to back away wins in the league after claiming

their first in 17 games at the KC Stadium, their maiden away win

this season. Laws is looking for more of the same and believes the

attitude of unsung defender Michael Duff sums up what will be

needed in the remaining four games. Despite being bloodied and

bandaged at Hull, he gave it his all and Laws said: “It epitomises

what we need. “Through thick and thin, sweat and tears we will give

it everything. People were prepared to put their heads in where it

hurts, even if it was against each other.”