Burnley midfielder Arfield puts derby day disappointment behind him

Clarets midfielder Scott Arfield quickly shrugged off Saturday’s derby disappointment to help Burnley climb to fourth in the Championship on Tuesday night.

Friday, 20th September 2013, 3:00 pm
Get in!: Burnley players celebrate with Scott Arfield after his goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday night

The young Scot headed his second goal of the season against the Blues, three days after his backpass led to a lucky Blackburn equaliser.

But, like Saturday’s slip, Tuesday’s goal is in the past and the former Huddersfield Town man is looking forward to a trip to Leeds tomorrow.

Arfield said: “After Saturday and the disappointment of the 85th minute error, it makes it that bit better for myself to score.

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“I knew how much it went to the fans and people around the club.

“It was a bad decision at that time, but it’s in the past now.

“You can talk about Saturday but these things happen in football. It was a magnificent game to play in, to make a mistake like that ... it’s football.

“What you do, you get up, you get on with it, you be professional. I was absolutely delighted with that goal.

“It’s how you get on and how you’re a man.

“I believe it’s how you’ve been brought up. You get disappointments in life, no matter what profession you’re in. It’s just one of those things that happened.

“You just need to get up and get on with it and show people what you can do.

“As the manager said in the Press in the last couple days it was a mistake and it’s how you get on with it.

“It was the correct thing to do by the boys to get back to winning ways.”

Burnley have made their best start in 12 years, but Arfield believes the best is yet to come: “It was a great result on Tuesday but we’re perfectionists, it’s what the gaffer wants us to get to.

“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.

“That’s what we did on Saturday.

“We got the maximum three points on Tuesday so it’s up to us to go and get them on Saturday again.

“You put pressure on yourself within the squad and the dressing room.

“You set your own standards. If we can get to the standards we think we can achieve we’ll be on for good things.”