Laws buoyed by newcomers
Brian Laws has applauded the impact of his new players after they helped Burnley beat West Ham 2-1.
Last Updated: 08/02/10 3:27pm
Brian Laws has applauded the impact of his new players after they helped Burnley beat West Ham 2-1 at Turf Moor.
David Nugent, re-signed on loan from Portsmouth, opened the scoring after latching onto a long ball from debutant Danny Fox.
Left-back Fox then made it 2-0 with an exquisite free-kick, while Leon Cort also impressed on his second appearance since joining from Stoke.
Laws was pleased with the performance of his newcomers but stressed that it was a fine overall effort as well.
"Bringing in new players gives everyone a lift and especially when you put in a performance like that," he told Sky Sports News.
"We had to freshen things up and hopefully that gives the opposition something else to think about.
"You couldn't ask for a better debut than Fox, who not only scored a goal but made a goal, and Cort cleared one off the line.
"But it was not just about them, it was a team effort and everyone was working hard."
Cort's superb clearance was one example of the brave defending required by Burnley as West Ham applied considerable pressure in the closing stages.
"The nerves were jangling in the last ten minutes but you have to get through that period to pick up results and hopefully this will give us a lot of belief going into the next game," stated Laws.
"They threw everything at us and we defended like warriors."
The victory was Burnley's first since Laws took charge and he admits it was a proud moment.
"It's amazing that I have had so many games in the Championship and the Football League and it has taken some 750 games to get my first win in the Premier League," he said.
"It is really a fantastic feeling but I am more pleased for the supporters and the players because they have worked so hard to achieve that."