Brian Laws labelled the past week the most challenging of his managerial career after a 4-1 victory over Hull earned Burnley at least a stay of execution in their battle for Barclays Premier League survival.
Burnley looked like they would soon be following Portsmouth out of the top flight when Kevin Kilbane headed Hull into a third-minute lead. But Martin Paterson equalised after 35 minutes, Graham Alexander tucked in penalties after 64 and 70 minutes and Wade Elliott curled in a 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.
"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 [Manchester City] game (6-1) 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."
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