Arfield relishing Spurs' Turf visit

Scott Arfield says that the Clarets love entertaining the Premier League's so-called 'big boys' at Turf Moor ahead of the visit of Spurs.

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 11:00 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:26 pm
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Burnley have lost just three times in 14 league fixtures when holding home advantage this term, beaten by solitary goals against Swansea City on the opening day, Arsenal and Manchester City.

It has been almost seven weeks since Sean Dyche’s side enjoyed their home comforts in the top flight when Robbie Brady opened his account for the club on his full debut against title favourites Chelsea.

After ending a succession of games on the road with a stalemate against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, the midfielder said: “We feel that we can beat anybody there with the crowd behind us.

“We’ve turned up against the big boys and we love it when they come. When everybody is at it it’s a special occasion.”

The Clarets go in to tomorrow’s fixture without a win in seven, inclusive of a shock 1-0 defeat against National League leaders Lincoln City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

However, Arfield, who played 90-plus minutes in Canada’s 1-1 draw with Scotland last week, says that their recent run hasn’t drained their confidence.

“No I don’t think it has,” he said. “Even on the road the last three or four performances have been strong.

“We want to look like the team that plays at home when we go away and I think we’re getting the balance right now.

“We look like we’re the same team, we hit people on the break and we believe we can win on the road so I don’t think confidence has ever been an issue for us.”

All but three of Burnley’s 32-point total have been gathered within familiar surroundings this term yet they’ll go in to their 30th game of the campaign in 13th position and eight points clear of the relegation zone.

“I think everybody would be happy with that,” said Arfield. “I suppose every club is the same but there’s certain games you look back on and you could have got the three points, but we’re in a healthy position now and we’re ready to go again.

“I don’t see as anything, at the end of the season if we’re still in this division I don’t think anyone can complain.

“You make it easier if you go on the road and get that win but other people talk about that, we want to win every game but our home form speaks for itself.”