Laws backs his strikers to keep Burnely in Premier League

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Burnley manager Brian Laws is convinced the club can stay up because of the attacking options at his disposal.

David Nugent's sixth goal since arriving on loan from Portsmouth secured a 1-1 draw against Stoke at Turf Moor. The striker got on the end of a superb cross from partner Martin Paterson in the 52nd minute to head home.

Burnley dominated the second half but had to settle for a point after Tuncay opened the scoring for Stoke. But Laws said: "Nugent's in good form as is Paterson. That gives you great belief. We have goals in us. We just have to keep it tight at the back."

He added: "Nugent's goal was terrific, it was great ball in by Paterson. It set the tone and I am disappointed we didn't go on and win the game.

"Everyone expects Burnley not to be in the Premier League next year but we believe it.

"I will take a lot of things out of the game particularly the second half performance. They bullied us in the first half. The players could have felt sorry for themselves but responded magnificently."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis could afford a wry smile after Burnley's attempts to curb the threat of Rory Delap's long throws came unstuck.

The Clarets moved the advertising hoardings closer to the pitch at in the hope of taking the edge of the midfielder's missiles.

However the ploy failed with Delap launching the ball into the area for Mamdy Sidibe to flick on and Tuncay to head past goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

Pulis said: "We noticed what they had done as soon as we came out. We get on with it, it is their club, it's their ground. They have to do what they have to do. You take it and get on with it. I don't care where a goal comes from. It is always satisfying scoring."

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