Laws hopes win will quieten critics

On the day Portsmouth were relegated following West Ham’s win over

Sunderland, Burnley looked like they would soon be following them

out of the top flight when Kevin Kilbane headed Hull into a

third-minute lead. But ex-Scunthorpe forward Martin Paterson

equalised after 35 minutes, Graham Alexander tucked in penalties

after 64 and 70 minutes and Wade Elliott curled in a stoppage-time

fourth as the Clarets claimed a first away win of the season and

just a second in 14 Premier League matches since the appointment of

Laws as Owen Coyle’s successor. Burnley and Hull remain languishing

in the relegation zone, four points adrift of safety, but Laws paid

tribute to his side for their response from the 6-1 debacle against

Manchester City. “It’s been a very tough week, to say the least,”

said Laws. “As a manager I’ve been an easy target this week for

criticism and hopefully that might just quieten them down for at

least a few more days.” Laws also had to endure speculation his job

was under threat due to dressing room unrest, exacerbated when

out-of-favour midfielder Joey Gudjonsson hit out at the former

Sheffield Wednesday boss. “Externally it was very difficult,

because the media were very much on our backs, particularly mine,”

said Laws. “I’m a cheap shot at the moment, very easy to get at

because we were not winning games. “The manner in which we lost the

(City) game was a difficult one because you ask questions about

yourself. “You get cheap shots in a newspaper from a player

(Gudjonsson) which doesn’t help the cause. “It’s disappointing to

see a player put remarks in the paper who has not even been

involved in the team, in the squad and isn’t even going to be here

next season. But the players have responded in the right manner and

answered those questions.” Laws took confidence from the responses

of Wigan, Sunderland and Aston Villa after they suffered heavy

losses earlier this term and was delighted to end the woeful away

run. “We’ll certainly wake a few people up with that result, that’s

for sure,” he added. “The most satisfying thing for me is that the

players have proven they can win away from home. “We’ve got to

build on that.” Iain Dowie has maintained a positive outlook since

being appointed Hull’s temporary football management consultant

after Phil Brown was placed on gardening leave. In his four games

in charge, Dowie has one win – the 2-0 defeat of Fulham – and

losses at Portsmouth and Stoke and now a home defeat to Burnley.

“The manner of the defeat is the galling part of it,” said Dowie.

“It makes you sick to the pit of your stomach, because I thought

the game started well. “It’s about heart and desire and we had one

player, George Boateng, who played with that today – I thought he

was outstanding.” Dowie was given nine matches to save the Tigers

from the drop and now has five remaining. “It (the loss) makes it

hugely more difficult,” he said. “It was one of the four games at

home we planned on getting some points from. We haven’t done that,

so now we’ve got to go with our away record to Birmingham. “We’ve

got to respond in the way Burnley have done.”