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Arfield delight as Turf aces top Christmas table
SCOTT Arfield declared the derby win that fired Burnley back to the top of the Championship for Christmas their biggest of the season.
The Scot struck a wonder goal early in the second half to give the Clarets a 2-1 win and move them back above Queens Park Rangers, who lost 1-0 at home to Leicester.
Burnley drew 1-1 at Leicester seven days earlier.
Arfield (pictured right) said: “It’s our biggest three points so far. It was fantastic. The QPR result goes to show what a fantastic result it was to get that point at Leicester.
“It’s brilliant to be back at the top of the league again.
“Every games a carrot to get the three points and see what happens at the end of it. Those three points put us at the top of the league and it’s a great feeling.”pool and ensure the Clarets maintained their unbeaten home record in the league, after QPR had lost theirs in the lunchtime kick-off.
A 1-0 loss at Loftus Road to third placed Leicester meant Burnley would reclaim first place if they could beat Blackpool.
After Danny Ings' opener was cancelled out by Craig Cathcart before half-time, Arfield curled in his fifth of the season to settle this entertaining Lancashire derby.
"It was a fantastic start to the half," said the attacking midfielder.
"I think we played ever so well in the first 20 minutes of the first half and could have had a couple of goals by then.
"Blackpool eventually started coming back into the game - with the players they've got they're going to do so.
"I know Stephen Dobbie from Scotland connections and he's fantastic at picking up pockets, and Tom Ince is a fantastic player, with Steven Davies up front. You know it's going to be hard and it's up to us to do what we could do, and thankfully we got the win.
"It's our biggest three points so far.
"It was fantastic.
"And the QPR result goes to show what a fantastic result it was to get that point at Leicester.
"It was brilliant to be back at the top of the league again.
"Every games a carrot to get the three points and see what happens at the end of it.
"Those three points put us at the top of the league and it's a great feeling."
Teams who have been top of the Championship at Christmas for the last five seasons have gone on to win promotion.
But Arfield insists there has been no talk of that at Turf Moor.
"It's a tough league and when you're up there you deserve to be up there and I think we thoroughly deserve it.
"It (the result) could take on more significance at the end of the season and hopefully it does but we have to take it game by game and see what happens," said Arfield, who ranked his winner as one of the best goals of his career.
"It's right up there to be fair, with the meaning of the goal - in a derby and putting us back on the top of the league.
"It was more a team performance and in the last 20 minutes we had to dig right in there and show what we're all about."
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