Belfast Telegraph

We are determined to bounce back from Baggies mauling, says Burnley's Arfield

Burnley's players will use their Hawthorns horror show as motivation to try and banish their travelling woes at Stoke on Saturday, according to midfielder Scott Arfield.

Sean Dyche's Clarets visit the bet365 Stadium having taken just one point from their five Premier League away games since returning to English football's top flight.

The heaviest defeat of the four occurred in the midlands last time they were on the road when West Brom stunned them with a 4-0 thrashing which left a bitter aftertaste for the Burnley players.

"It's horrible when you get beaten 4-0 away from home, there's nothing good about it," Canada international Arfield said.

"You have to take some sort of positive from it, and the positive was that we know exactly what we did wrong. We watched the game and analysed it and the positive is it cannot happen again."

There was an immediate response from Dyche's men in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City at Turf Moor, though it is away from east Lancashire where the team still have a point to prove.

Arfield draws on two December losses last year, and the subsequent response - a 23-game undefeated league streak after Boxing Day - as evidence of the Clarets' resilience.

"You look at last season when we weren't hitting all cylinders - we got beat off Preston 2-0 and we were galvanised after that," he added.

"The Boxing Day game against Hull, we got beat 3-0 and we never lost a game after that.

"In the weirdest aspect you do stick together and you knit together back on a Monday morning. You think, 'It can't happen again'.

"It's all well and good when it's going brilliant for you and life's great, but you also feel different when you get beat and you never forget that feeling, you don't want to experience it again."

Arfield netted a winner against Everton at home earlier this season and commented on how he wanted trips to Turf Moor to be considered "terrible" by visiting teams.

And the midfielder admits such aversion should not just be restricted to playing at Burnley, but rather playing Burnley full stop.

"I look at Stoke and the noise that crowd gets if they score early goals. If the crowd get up for it anywhere, it's harder," Arfield added.

"If you try and stay in the game, make it ugly and stifle that progression in their attacks, stay in there for longer, the crowd start getting on (them) and there might be a bit of nerves that creep in there.

"With the quality we possess, people coming off the bench and everybody on the same page of thinking, it's only going to be good for us."


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