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Scott: Our Strength Is In The Collective

10 December 2017

Scott Arfield feels the collective strength in the squad can keep the Clarets defying the doubters.

Arfield’s first half winner against Watford – his first strike at Turf Moor since last season’s stoppage time winner against Everton – opened up clear water in those below as Burnley strengthened seventh spot.

And the Canadian international, making his first start in six weeks for the injured Robbie Brady, insists everyone has a part to play in keeping the club flying high.

“It was important to keep the momentum going and a good day for everybody. Obviously on a personal level, but also on a team level and we just want to keep things going,” he told Clarets Player.

“We had a stumble (at Leicester) last week, but I think we showed the character in the team today, especially in the second half and got the three points.

“It was so unfortunate for Robbie because he’d hit a fantastic run of form and his ability is there for everyone to see.

“We are all devastated for him, but this is the strongest set of players since I’ve been at the club and the gaffer shows great faith.

“Nick Pope and Phil Bardsley have come in recently and today Kevin (Long) came in too and was brilliant, so you don’t feel any pressure here when you come in.

“We train at such an intensity that everybody feels ready as soon as you get the nod and that stands us in good stead going forwards as we look to make this a successful club.”

The win – a fourth at home this season - carried Burnley to 28 points from their 16 games and put them level on points with fifth-placed Spurs.

And with six more games coming thick and fast before the turn of the year, Arfield had one message: bring them on!

He added: “The gaffer has always kept our feet on the ground and the aim was always to get safe as soon as possible.

“We’ve managed to get these points on the board so quickly, before the Christmas period, but this is when the games rack up and why you want to be a footballer.

“These are the games we look forward to the most because you want to play as many games as possible.

“We’ve put ourselves in a fantastic situation, and now it’s up to us to keep going. “

 


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