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Heaton Reflects On Derby Day Success

26 October 2015

Tom Heaton expressed pride at captaining the Clarets to a successive victory against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Scott Arfield’s 63rd minute strike won the East Lancashire derby as the Scot opened his account for the season.

Heaton reflected on an ‘extra special’ day as well as reserving praise for his match-winning teammate, who experienced the other side of the coin two years ago.

He said: “It was a proud moment and with the armband on it was extra special so we were very pleased to come here and win.

“It was a fantastic strike. He’s got that in the bag to be fair to him so it was a great finish today.

“A couple of years ago he put a ball through that ended up in his goal which sometimes happens in football so it’s good for him to experience the other side of the coin today and we’re all pleased for him.”

The Clarets had to show the sort of defensive steel that has seen them win seven games out of seven when scoring first.

And despite a whole host of chances for Rovers, the team stood firm in the face of late pressure to secure three points.

Heaton added: “I thought it was a battling performance, I don’t think we were at our fluid best. It was a tough game in a derby atmosphere away from home.

“They had a few good chances in the game. We showed that resilience that’s been massive and that wins you games. 

“We were all hands to the pump and we were heading and putting bodies on the line.

“We’ve won 7 points out 9 in the last three games so we keep rolling over and it’s been a good week.

“We’re looking forward to Huddersfield on Saturday to try and take the momentum we’ve built up forward.”

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