Laws: Clarets close to the drop

Burnley manager Brian Laws has admitted that his side's chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League are slim following a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

The Clarets are four points adrift of safety with only three games to play and their cause could worsen still if Wigan Athletic or West Ham pick up points on Sunday and Monday.

Laws admitted after his team's latest loss:"They are slim, but they are not impossible and we still take heart from teams who have done it.

"It's going to take a lot of great belief in ourselves and that's the most important thing.

"That's where we are gathering our belief from, ourselves, because nobody else is going to give us it, nobody else is believing we can do it.

"Particularly the media and the press will cut us off and give us no chance, but they said that last week.

"They thought we were never going to win another game, but we have and again with that fighting spirit, we will give ourselves a chance.

"It's three games, nine points and who's to say we won't get nine points? You might just say it now, but who can guarantee what results go on on a Saturday.

"With three games to go, we are still in there, it's as simple as that."

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