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Arfield Expects "Massive Challenge"

2 February 2016

Scott Arfield expects a “massive challenge” as two in-form teams meet at Hillsborough on Tuesday.

The Clarets hope to build on successive away league wins at MK Dons and Brentford and extend the gap on seventh placed Sheffield Wednesday, who have won five of their last seven league games.

And Burnley wide man Arfield is under no illusions that the game will present a tough away fixture against a side the side without a home defeat since August.

Arfield said: “This week presents a massive challenge for us and none more so than tonight for us, as they are putting money into that squad and possess terrific players in that team.

“I think it shows, with the addition of (Fernando) Forestieri and (Gary) Hooper into the squad, exactly what they are trying to do to get out of this league, but it’s up to us to try and get the three points from the game.”

Burnley head to South Yorkshire on the back of a strong performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup - and Arfield hopes for more of the same against The Owls.

He added: “I think we are confident of getting a result as the belief is flowing through the squad. The goals are coming from every direction at the moment and we are a force to be reckoned with. 

“When you look at our team we have a lot of ability and I think it is up to us, as midfielders, to support the front two strikers.”

The 27-year-old is also looking forward to coming up against his old team-mate Ross Wallace.

Arfield said: “Ross is a top player and was brilliant for me when I first came to the club. Being from Scotland, we had a connection straight away and he was great with me.

“His technique is second to none and he’s a willing worker who has shown people what a good player he is.

“He is one we need to watch out for, as he possesses great quality from open play as well as from set-pieces.”

Meanwhile, Arfield is also hoping his recent good form in the Championship will result in a first call-up to the Canada squad.

The Scot, who qualifies through his father - despite already playing for Scotland U21s and Under 19s – explained: “I am getting closer to playing for Canada.

“We have applied through the Canadian FA and for a passport so hopefully that will go through.

“My father is absolutely delighted with my decision. I think before I was born he wanted me to play for Canada, so I fully wanted to back him in that decision.

“It is one that I am seriously looking forward to, so hopefully it will get over the final hurdle and I get into the camp in March. 

“My aim now is to stay injury-free so that, if selected, I could play against Mexico in their home and away fixtures.”

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