Laws gunning for former club
By Luke Thornhill
Updated Monday, 27th December 2010
Brian Laws, the Burnley manager, has targeted back-to-back wins for the first time this season when the Clarets host Scunthorpe at Turf Moor on Bank Holiday Tuesday.
Laws' side were 2-1 victors at Barnsley on Boxing Day, the first time they had won on their travels this season. Now Laws - who was in charge at Glanford Park from 1997 until 2006 - is hoping for another first for the season: consecutive victories.
"Our performance in the second half was outstanding. In the first half we were as good as we were in the second," he said.
"The way we prepared was outstanding, we trained on Christmas night. We've got to get back to wins, we haven't had those yet, and we haven't been on a run for some time, now we've got four games in nine days.
"We've drawn a lot of games. We have just got focus on what happens on the park."
Ian Baraclough, who was first brought to North Lincolnshire as a player by Laws and is now Iron manager, is able to welcome back a number of players.
David Mirfin is back from a foot problem, while Chris Dagnall, Michael O'Connor and Josh Wright have all overcome viruses.
There are still problems at the back, with defenders Michael Raynes (thigh), Jim McNulty (ankle) and Niall Canavan (knee) all out.
McNulty has returned to his parent club Brighton and is not expected to have his loan extended next month.
The on-loan players Freddie Sears, Kevin McDonald and Dany N'Guesan have also returned to their parent clubs.
Burnley said on Monday they expected the game to go ahead, despite sub-freezing temperatures bursting pipes.
"Like every ground, we are experiencing problems with burst pipes and flooding, but we are working all hours to ensure the game goes ahead with as little inconvenience as possible to supporters," said Doug Metcalfe, facilities manager at Turf Moor.
"We anticipated these problems, but the major problems is these leaks. This may mean we have reduced capacity for toilets, but every effort being made to make things as safe and supporter friendly as possible."
Snow ploughs were expected to clear car parks at the ground on Tuesday, but the Clarets did warn of further snowfall overnight.