Burnley have taken only four points out of a possible 36 in the Premier League since Laws' appointment and are facing a battle to avoid a swift return to the Championship.
Next up are Manchester City on Saturday, a team chasing a Champions League slot, but Laws is determined to stop the slide.
He said: "I always knew it was going to be a difficult job. Anyone coming to the club would have found that. It wasn't as if the team was on a winning streak. They hadn't won in nine games.
"It was tough for the players as well. They had the mentality of winning matches regularly last season.
"But they have been superb and are pushing as hard as they can. We have not had a lot of luck on our side.
"It is a cruel world particularly in the Premier League where mistakes are punished.
"It is hard when you put in a lot of effort and a lot of work and the players have done exactly the same and they don't get their just rewards."