BURNLEY manager Brian Laws has urged his players to keep the goals coming as they aim to shoot themselves back into the play-off places tonight.

The Clarets boast 11 different goalscorers so far as they begin back-to-back home games with the visit of Barnsley (kick-off 7.45pm).

And after hitting four past Hull City in their last midweek Championship clash at Turf Moor, Laws is hoping for more of the same to get over the disappointment of slipping down to eighth following Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.

Twice surrendering their lead at Bramall Lane means Burnley are still waiting for their first league away win of the season.

But Laws admits he remains confident of his players doing well, wherever they play.

“They're doing all the right things that we ask them to do. They're being creative and scoring goals and they're playing some really good football away from home,” he said.

“All along we know that to make a mark on the division you have to start winning away. But there's no question it will come, I'm very confident about that.

“I feel very confident in the team in so much that if we do get into the lead we can hold onto that. Even if we have to defend it we can hold onto it.

“Saturday was disappointing because we're not used to those lapses.

“If we want to progress in this division you don't throw away those kind of opportunities.

“However, we've got to take it on the chin and move on and put it right by getting a positive result in our next game, and that's what we'll be aiming for against Barnsley.

“If we can max out the points in our next two games we might reflect on the Sheffield United game as a good point.

“I'm really confident in the players and really proud of the players. Our disappointment on Saturday I'm sure will be put to bed (tonight).”

And Laws is reassured by the Clarets proving themselves more than capable of scoring goals.

Chris Iwelumo leads the way with seven, while Chris Eagles and Jay Rodriguez, who were both on the scoresheet against Sheffield United, follow closely behind with four and three respectively.

“If you're going to get out of the division everyone has to chip in. Everyone has to play their part,” said Laws.

“It's not just about the defending or the defenders, the strikers will play their part. But you can't rely on one or two people to do it for you.

“You have to share out the responsibility.

“It means we've got danger for the opposition.

“They're not concentrating or focusing on just one player, thinking if you shut him down no-one else is going to score.

“We can score from anywhere.

“The players are really confident in that at the moment and hopefully we can continue that.

“I'd be more than happy if we didn't have a leading goalscorer, but several.”

He added: “We really are positive at the moment going forward.

“It is starting to click and bear fruit. We know we've got goals in us.

“It was just a total shock to our system that we conceded three because it was sort of against our form.”

But Laws conceded their defence had taken a hit in recent weeks, with Clarke Carlisle serving the second of a three-match ban tonight, Michael Duff denied the chance to replace him because of a calf problem sustained in training on Thursday, Danny Fox facing late fitness checks after injuring himself in a poor challenge on Saturday, and Andre Bikey hampered by bruised ribs.

On top of that, the Burnley boss is hoping to stop a bug from spreading through the camp, after a couple of un-named players complained of flu-like symptoms.

“There are a couple of players that are feeling a bit fluey at the moment but hopefully it won't stop them from being involved,” said Laws.

“There are a few issues to sort out, but we'll address it when we feel confident enough to pick the team and get it right.

“Danny's 50-50 but with each hour that goes by it's progressing and I'd be very surprised if he missed the game.

“He's been in good form and in a confident mood. He had treatment on Sunday and yesterday, we'll assess him again and give him a fitness test (today).

“Michael Duff was looking forward to the possibility of playing and then on Thursday he had to pull out of training because he had a tightening of the calf.

“He's done a bit of training over the weekend, he's going to train again (Monday) and see if he can push himself into the squad for Barnsley, which will be positive for us.”

He added: “From having no changes (in defence) and being very solid all of a sudden we've got some issues to sort out.

"But I keep stressing about the squad we've got, it's going to be tested at some stage. It's never going to run smoothly.

“We're not going to have the same 11 every game, and your defence will be what gets tested the most because they're worked as hard as anyone else.

“They have to tackle and challenge.”