We won't allow another Hawthorns repeat says Clarets midfielder Arfield
Scott Arfield has declared that the hurt inflicted by West Brom at the Hawthorns has given the Clarets the drive to ensure that nothing like that happens again.
Goals from Matt Phillips, James Morrison, Darren Fletcher and Salomon Rondon condemned Sean Dyche’s side to their heaviest defeat of the term in their last away outing.
The midfielder conceded that the players felt the pain in the aftermath but added that he and his team-mates have been educated by the reversal.
“It was quite obvious it hurt us as much as it hurt the fans,” said the Canada international. “We tried to play the same way we do at home – West Brom gave us the majority of the ball, and we just couldn’t break them down.
“They were going with a back six and hitting us on the break and fair play, they had a game plan and did it to perfection.
“It’s horrible when you get beat 4-0 away from home. There’s nothing good. But you have to look for some sort of positive from it, and we know exactly what we did wrong. We watched the game back and analysed it and the positive is it cannot happen again.”
The 28-year-old was sidelined for the trip to the Britannia Stadium two years ago as a Danny Ings double inspired the Clarets to a first win on the road that season.
But he’s determined to be involved at the Potteries on this occasion and help the Clarets break their duck on their travels.
Burnley are at the basement of the form table away from home - picking up just one point, scoring one goal and conceding 13 times in five games.
“We can’t over-think it, as much as we know that one point away from home is nowhere near good enough,” he said. “We can’t over-think it and go there as a barrel of nerves.
“We need to go there and stay in the game, and frustrate that crowd as much as possible. We need to do that in every game we go into. With a bit of luck we can get the results.
“I missed that game two seasons ago, so if selected for that game, I’ll be buzzing to try to make up for that, and to try to get the same result as last time.”
Arfield added: “First of all, we need it sorted. We can talk all day about why it’s been like this, but ultimately, we’ve got a chance to put it right, so the sooner we do so – like we did two years ago – then the sooner everybody stops talking about it.
“It’s a physicality thing, it’s a mental thing. But ultimately, we need to get on with it now and start believing in it.
“We need a win. It’s no good just playing well for 90 minutes home or way, you play football to win games. Great if you can play fantastically well and win the game, but ultimately it’s about getting points.
“In the bigger scheme of things we need to stay in this division. You give yourself a better chance if you can win or at least pick up points away from home.”