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Arfield: We Stay Grounded

21 October 2013

Midfielder Scott Arfield insists Burnley will remain grounded despite their best league start for 116 years. 

The Scot’s header at Ipswich confirmed a sixth straight league win, a ninth in 10 games in all competitions and, remarkably, confirmed the best opening sequence of results for the club since 1897.

And speaking after the Portman Road victory - Burnley’s first in Suffolk since 1970 - the former Huddersfield man and match-winner stressed the importance of not getting carried away with the stunning start to the season.

“It’s fantastic to be top of the league in this kind of league because it’s so competitive,” admitted Arfield.

“If you put a run together you can do anything in this league. 

“That’s what we’re concentrating on doing and if it takes us anywhere at the end of the season then great, but we take each game as it comes.” 

Burnley’s win on Saturday, their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions, was yet more evidence of a symbol of the team spirit within the group.

Arfield added: “It’s a great start and I’m sure the fans can enjoy it, but we take every game as it comes and it’s another three points and that’s the only thing we think about. 

“We let the fans and the press talk about different things but we just concentrate on getting the three points.”

Arfield’s goal was his fourth of the season and came after some good link-up play with right back Kieran Trippier.

And it is an Anglo-Scottish relationship that is proving dangerous for oppositions, according to Arfield. 

He said: “It was good build up play and a fantastic delivery by Tripps (Trippier). I’d say he’s one of the best crossers in the league and when you play with him you know that’s there. 

“We’ve got a good relationship going and I knew he was going to whizz it across and as he did I got there and just guided it in.”

“It’s so easy though when you’ve got two full backs in Ben (Mee) and Tripps. Ben gives you the ball and Tripps gets forward and delivers good balls and I think on the right hand side it really complements each other.” 

The win leads Burnley perfectly into Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated clash with QPR, with the Clarets heading into the game with a two point advantage over the Londoners. 

And Arfield is sure the Clarets faithful will turn the noise up inside Turf Moor for the table-topping showdown.

He said: “It will be a great game to be involved with. I think the fans will turn up and get right behind us and I hope we get the three points on Saturday.”


On Saturday, October 26, Burnley welcome QPR to Turf Moor for the eagerly-anticipated clash between the two table-topping teams.   

The Clarets currently find themselves in pole position in the Championship table on goal difference, thanks to some scintillating performances from the players and cheered on by the Clarets' faithful.   

And with Sean Dyche's men looking to protect their SEVEN MONTH unbeaten home record, it promises to be a day to savour.   

Tickets are on sale now, and you've got to be there!    

•    Adults from £28   
•    Seniors from £17   
•    Under 22’s from £15   
•    Under 18’s from £8   
•    Under 12’s from £5 (Family Stand)   

Tickets are available to purchase online at  or over the phone 0871 221 1914 (opt 1), or by calling into the Ticket Office at Turf Moor.   

Story by Tom Kenworthy

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