Arfield out to keep impressing after derby error
SCOTT Arfield has vowed to keep making up for his derby error against Blackburn Rovers – after responding with a goal in the win over Birmingham City.
Arfield netted in the Clarets’ 3-0 victory on Tuesday, three days after his misplaced backpass inadvertently allowed Blackburn to equalise in the East Lancashire derby at Turf Moor.
It was the midfielder’s first appearance against Blackburn, after joining Burnley in the summer, and denied his new club what looked set to be their first derby win since 1979.
But Arfield is determined to put the incident behind him by helping the Clarets continue their recent strong form.
“You can talk about Saturday but these things happen in football,” said the Scotland B international.
“It was a magnificent game to play in and to make a mistake like that, it’s football.
“I knew how much it meant to the fans and people around the club.
“It was a bad decision at that time, but it’s in the past now.
“What you do is you get up, you get on with it, you be professional.
“I was absolutely delighted with the goal against Birmingham.
“After Saturday and the disappointment of the 85th minute error it makes it that bit better for myself.
“You get disappointments in life, no matter what profession you’re in.
“It’s how you get on and how you’re a man. I believe it’s how you’ve been brought up.
“You just need to get up, get on with it and show people what you can do.”
Burnley have now taken an impressive 14 points from their opening seven league games of the season and Arfield believes much of the credit should go to boss Sean Dyche.
“He’s a fantastic manager, his man management's different class,” Arfield said.
“You never see a player getting too high or too low. It’s a great way to be and a great way for the squad that you’re never ‘Billy Big Time’ but you’re not short of confidence. It’s just right.
“There is fantastic ability and fantastic confidence within the squad and the team. You go into games to win games.
“If you can’t win them, you don’t get beat.
“We got the maximum three points on Tuesday so it’s up to us to go and get them on Saturday again.”
The Clarets travel to Leeds on Saturday and Arfield hopes that strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes can continue their fine form.
“They’re brilliant,” he said. “I came in at the start of pre-season and I saw Charlie (Austin) and the ability that he possesses.
“It was sad to see him go. He’s a tremendous football player.
“But in Ingsy and Vokesy, and what they’ve done since the start of the season, the partnership’s one of the best in the league.
“They’ve just gone from strength to strength.”
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