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Clarets move to the brink of promotion but goal-getter Arfield insists the race is not over yet

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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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2:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Sean Dyche has potentially signed the three best ever free transfers at Burnley in recent years in Arfield, Dave Jones (lol at Blackburn) and Tom Heaton.

Imagine how good Dyche will be next year with millions of pounds available to spend?
Sean Dyche has potentially signed the three best ever free transfers at Burnley in recent years in Arfield, Dave Jones (lol at Blackburn) and Tom Heaton. Imagine how good Dyche will be next year with millions of pounds available to spend? Champagne plus charlie
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3:05pm Mon 7 Apr 14

leyton says...

Imagine how good Dyche will be next year with millions of pounds available to spend?do you think this club will give him any money lolj ust like last time it will disappear into the directors and players pockets.
Imagine how good Dyche will be next year with millions of pounds available to spend?do you think this club will give him any money lolj ust like last time it will disappear into the directors and players pockets. leyton
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3:10pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

leyton wrote:
Imagine how good Dyche will be next year with millions of pounds available to spend?do you think this club will give him any money lolj ust like last time it will disappear into the directors and players pockets.
Run along with your jealousy based drivel.

We WILL be spending millions and millions of pounds in the summer, and you FFP ravished paupers will be looking at a Free transfers to replace Jordan Rhodes who may be on his way to Burnley as cover for Ings, Vokes and Barnes.
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: Imagine how good Dyche will be next year with millions of pounds available to spend?do you think this club will give him any money lolj ust like last time it will disappear into the directors and players pockets.[/p][/quote]Run along with your jealousy based drivel. We WILL be spending millions and millions of pounds in the summer, and you FFP ravished paupers will be looking at a Free transfers to replace Jordan Rhodes who may be on his way to Burnley as cover for Ings, Vokes and Barnes. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 15

3:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

When it comes to away support, we stand up to the plate. With Barnsley, Blackpool and Reading to be visited by the mighty Clarets soon, here's an interesting stat. Tiny, weeny, very small Burnley took 1,732 to Watford. Play-off chasing enormous, humungus, mighty Rovers took 380!

Unless its at home on special offer for a tenner, these part timers don't want to know.

Come on you Clarets.
When it comes to away support, we stand up to the plate. With Barnsley, Blackpool and Reading to be visited by the mighty Clarets soon, here's an interesting stat. Tiny, weeny, very small Burnley took 1,732 to Watford. Play-off chasing enormous, humungus, mighty Rovers took 380! Unless its at home on special offer for a tenner, these part timers don't want to know. Come on you Clarets. RobH2O
  • Score: 18

3:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

houseclaret says...

RobH2O wrote:
When it comes to away support, we stand up to the plate. With Barnsley, Blackpool and Reading to be visited by the mighty Clarets soon, here's an interesting stat. Tiny, weeny, very small Burnley took 1,732 to Watford. Play-off chasing enormous, humungus, mighty Rovers took 380!

Unless its at home on special offer for a tenner, these part timers don't want to know.

Come on you Clarets.
You forgot the 3,000 we took to Charlton. Blackpool will be like a home game (unless we're already promoted).
As far as the money spend is concerned I hope we don't spend too much because that is why other clubs wind up in trouble if they get relegated. It's all very well to speculate to accumulate and I'm all for it but let's be realistic. Yes we will absolutely have to strengthen but we already have at least 5 players who I would think will cut it in the prem: Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier without a doubt and I would be completely happy with Heaton in goal. Arfield has been a revelation this season too.
Most clubs that eventually make it in the prem do so by being yo-yo clubs for a period and I personally wouldn't mind us being that for a while.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: When it comes to away support, we stand up to the plate. With Barnsley, Blackpool and Reading to be visited by the mighty Clarets soon, here's an interesting stat. Tiny, weeny, very small Burnley took 1,732 to Watford. Play-off chasing enormous, humungus, mighty Rovers took 380! Unless its at home on special offer for a tenner, these part timers don't want to know. Come on you Clarets.[/p][/quote]You forgot the 3,000 we took to Charlton. Blackpool will be like a home game (unless we're already promoted). As far as the money spend is concerned I hope we don't spend too much because that is why other clubs wind up in trouble if they get relegated. It's all very well to speculate to accumulate and I'm all for it but let's be realistic. Yes we will absolutely have to strengthen but we already have at least 5 players who I would think will cut it in the prem: Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier without a doubt and I would be completely happy with Heaton in goal. Arfield has been a revelation this season too. Most clubs that eventually make it in the prem do so by being yo-yo clubs for a period and I personally wouldn't mind us being that for a while. houseclaret
  • Score: 8

10:03am Wed 9 Apr 14

GeoRam says...

houseclaret wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
When it comes to away support, we stand up to the plate. With Barnsley, Blackpool and Reading to be visited by the mighty Clarets soon, here's an interesting stat. Tiny, weeny, very small Burnley took 1,732 to Watford. Play-off chasing enormous, humungus, mighty Rovers took 380!

Unless its at home on special offer for a tenner, these part timers don't want to know.

Come on you Clarets.
You forgot the 3,000 we took to Charlton. Blackpool will be like a home game (unless we're already promoted).
As far as the money spend is concerned I hope we don't spend too much because that is why other clubs wind up in trouble if they get relegated. It's all very well to speculate to accumulate and I'm all for it but let's be realistic. Yes we will absolutely have to strengthen but we already have at least 5 players who I would think will cut it in the prem: Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier without a doubt and I would be completely happy with Heaton in goal. Arfield has been a revelation this season too.
Most clubs that eventually make it in the prem do so by being yo-yo clubs for a period and I personally wouldn't mind us being that for a while.
Spot on. I think money spent on loans with one or two signings would be the best approach to retain wealth in the club. No point blowing it in the first season up.
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: When it comes to away support, we stand up to the plate. With Barnsley, Blackpool and Reading to be visited by the mighty Clarets soon, here's an interesting stat. Tiny, weeny, very small Burnley took 1,732 to Watford. Play-off chasing enormous, humungus, mighty Rovers took 380! Unless its at home on special offer for a tenner, these part timers don't want to know. Come on you Clarets.[/p][/quote]You forgot the 3,000 we took to Charlton. Blackpool will be like a home game (unless we're already promoted). As far as the money spend is concerned I hope we don't spend too much because that is why other clubs wind up in trouble if they get relegated. It's all very well to speculate to accumulate and I'm all for it but let's be realistic. Yes we will absolutely have to strengthen but we already have at least 5 players who I would think will cut it in the prem: Ings, Vokes, Marney and Trippier without a doubt and I would be completely happy with Heaton in goal. Arfield has been a revelation this season too. Most clubs that eventually make it in the prem do so by being yo-yo clubs for a period and I personally wouldn't mind us being that for a while.[/p][/quote]Spot on. I think money spent on loans with one or two signings would be the best approach to retain wealth in the club. No point blowing it in the first season up. GeoRam
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