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Arfield: Turf Can Be A Fortress

12 March 2015

Scott Arfield says the Clarets are looking to reward the ‘different class’ support this weekend against Manchester City.

Burnley upset the odds at the Etihad Stadium in the reverse fixture back in December, when they fought back to claim a 2-2 draw after heading in trailing at the break.

City arrive at Turf Moor as reigning champions for the first since 1969, and having seen just how intimidating a trip to East Lancashire can prove on the way to promotion, the ever-present Scot is hoping it can become a fortress for the remainder of the campaign.

He said: “Home form is massive for us, it was last season and with the fans backing it became a bit of a fortress.

“Nobody wanted to come and play against us at Turf Moor and we need to get back to that. The fans have been different class and we want to give them all three points of course.

“I think there has been a lot made of the fixtures we’ve had recently but you have to play them at some point and this is what we signed up for last season.

“The same mentality has remained from last season. We know it’s going to be difficult but we know what we’ve got in that dressing room, the quality we’ve got and what we’ve got technically.

“Funnily enough, it’s kind of easier to play against the top teams. You’re up for any game but those are the ones you look to at the start of the season as you want to compete against the best and show what you can do.”

The 26-year-old midfielder also feels that the way the Clarets affected this weekend’s opponents earlier in the campaign away from home is something they can take heart from.

Arfield added: “It’s quite evident the talent they’ve got in their squad and obviously us coming from two goals down at a stadium like that, backs to the wall, and getting a point we can take heart from.

“It’s great as a player to go to these stadiums and get a taste for it and once you do you want to stay here.

“This Saturday will be just as tough as going away to these places with the quality they possess and we’re under no illusions but we’ll go out and play our own game and look to impose ourselves once more.”

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