Clarets move to the brink of promotion but goal-getter Arfield insists the race is not over yet (From This Is Lancashire)
Clarets move to the brink of promotion but goal-getter Arfield insists the race is not over yet
SCOTT Arfield insists that Burnley will not allow themselves to think the promotion race is over – even though they are now 10 points clear with only six games left.
Arfield’s late equaliser gave the Clarets a 1-1 draw at Watford at the weekend and defeats for QPR and Derby mean Sean Dyche’s side are now on the brink of securing the second automatic promotion place.
Promotion could theoretically be sealed as early as Saturday’s home game against Middlesbrough but Burnley travel to relegation-threatened Barnsley tomorrow night and Arfield says the squad are not thinking that second spot is already theirs.
“If somebody wants to think like that then go ahead, but in that dressing room it’s certainly not what we’re about,” said the Scot.
“We’ve got a bit closer and the results went with us but our approach has been the exact same from the start of the season until now and it’s not going to change.
“In the Championship you know what you’re going to get. If you underestimate any team you’re going to come unstuck.
“We don’t treat any team lightly and we’re going to treat Barnsley in exactly the same way as we treated Leicester or anyone else.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on us, it’s about one game at a time and taking it from there.”
Arfield was a singer in indie band The Begbies during his younger days and has since taken up the guitar to help serenade his Burnley team-mates – a role taken by fellow Scot Steven Thompson in the Clarets’ last promotion campaign in 2009.
But there was the same response when asked whether he was preparing a promotion song.
“I take the guitar sometimes for training, and after lunch we have a sing-song,” Arfield said.
“But we’re not thinking about a promotion song at the moment!
“We weren’t at our best on Saturday, which was clear to see, but it shows you what we’ve got in the dressing room - to go to a place like that, go to the final minutes and get a valuable point.
“We were disappointed to draw at Birmingham recently but to go and win on the Saturday afterwards (against Leeds) showed what a massive point that was.
“So it’s up to us to go and get three points on Tuesday to show how massive a point this is.”
His goal at Vicarage Road was his eighth of the campaign and Arfield still has an eye on reaching 10 before the season is out.
“That was my eighth and I’m delighted with that but there are six games to go so you need to keep progressing and never be happy with what you’ve got,” he said.
“I’d like to get to 10. I think any player who gets double figures, whether you’re a striker or a midfielder, that’s a good return.
“If I can get that I’d be buzzing.”
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