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Arfield Savours Chelsea Strike

19 August 2014

Scott Arfield was delighted to give the Clarets fans a moment to savour as he capped a remarkable personal journey on his Premier League bow.
The Scottish winger gave Burnley a dream start on 13 minutes when he controlled a pinpoint Matt Taylor cross exquisitely, before firing beyond Thibaut Courtois to send a sold-out Turf Moor into raptures.
Jose Mourinho’s men hit back to turn the game on its head through Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic as the Blues took a 1-3 lead before the break.
While the ecstasy of that Arfield early strike was later tainted with thoughts of what might have been, it gave both the 25-year-old and the fans a moment they'll remember for a long time to come.
He said: “I think Matty (Taylor) went down the left hand side and picked me out perfectly and I just had a bit of composure, took a touch and let fly.
“Thankfully it goes into the roof of the net so I was absolutely buzzing.
“I’ve waited a long time to play in the top division and I enjoyed it.
“On a personal level that was different class and my family were down here from Scotland to see it too.
“They’ve stuck by me and they’ve waited a long time for that too so it was a really special moment.”
And in his assessment of Burnley’s first game back in the top-flight, the goalscorer also insisted that the side have plenty to be proud of after pitting their wits against one of the country’s market leaders.
He said “It depends how you see it, obviously to play against a top quality team like that we knew it would be a tough game.
“I thought we did ok and the fans were absolutely different class.
“Chelsea showed their quality and their rotation in the middle of the park in particular was different class.
“It was there to see what top players they are and what a top team they are.
“We got an early goal but even after that we were under no illusions as to how tough it was going to be and there are definitely positives to take out of it.
“For us it is still a case of taking one game at a time and there is no disappointment regardless of this result, we’re on to the next game now.
“With the fans behind us anything can happen.
“I think they’ll have gone home happy with what they’ve seen in the second half and the high pressing game we like to play.”

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