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Arfield Eyes Strong Finish

13 May 2015

Scott Arfield believes the Clarets are perfectly placed to bounce straight back to the Barclays Premier League and has his sights set on a strong finish.

The Clarets saw relegation confirmed at Hull City despite a valiant 0-1 win and now face Stoke City and Aston Villa in the final two games.

And while Arfield was, naturally, gutted when the news filtered through at the KC Stadium, he insists the squad won’t be losing their focus as they look to add six points to their final tally.

Reflecting on relegation, Arfield said: “It was absolutely gutting. We didn’t really have an inkling to be honest when we came off as we’d won the game.

“The gaffer came in and told us how it was. It was a great result but the bigger picture for us was obviously gutting because we were down.

“It’s one of those things where it wasn’t to be but I’m sure we’ll be back again.

“There’s two more games to go and every single time you’re on a football pitch you want to win so we can’t lose our focus.

“There are still six points to play for and we want those as well.

“There will be a lot of time after these last two to reflect on the season but I think the fans have thoroughly enjoyed it at times.

“I think the spotlight has been on us in a good way in the Premier League. Everyone has sort of buzzed off Burnley a little bit.

“I think that’s testament to the players and the management staff because if you were a neutral watching Burnley this season you’d have wanted us to win.

“We go out to attack, we don’t just sit there and when we went to the big stadiums against the big teams, we didn’t really get overawed and we weren’t happy to just soak up pressure.

“I think there is a little bit of love there for us for the season we have had and the way we’ve gone about our business.”

Fears over losing some key players is one of the ramifications of going down a division, but Arfield feels the Clarets are in a strong position to bounce straight back.

That would be aided greatly by keeping the nucleus of the current squad and the Scot feels that is possible, given the togetherness that has been instilled by boss Sean Dyche.

“I think that is massive. What the gaffer has built here is a side with great ability but it’s also about the team spirit and togetherness we’ve got.

“Once you’ve had a taste of this division, you want to get back here as soon as possible and that’s definitely what we’ve got to do next year.

“I think the majority of the squad will still be here next season. The way the players come in and talk about the club every day and the buzz to come in every day in training.

“The boys that are in contract know it’s a fantastic place be and we want to get back to what we did last season and get back to the Premier League.

“The bigger picture is massive and I think what the gaffer has instilled is that belief to go and attack teams and the freedom to go out and play.

“It’s a manager you want to play under and the longer he stays at the football club, I’m sure it will be in really good hands.”

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