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Arfield: Burnley battled well

Scott Arfield believes Burnley can take plenty of confidence from their performance in the season-opening defeat to Chelsea.

The 25-year-old gave the Clarets brief hope of an upset with an early strike, but goals from Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic completed a ruthless fightback from Chelsea at Turf Moor.

Burnley are among the favourites for relegation from the Premier League, but Arfield feels the players gave a good account of themselves against one of the leading Premier League title contenders.

"To play against a top-quality team like that we knew it would be a tough game," said the 25-year-old Scot.

"It was there to see what top players they are and what a top team they are. We got an early goal but even after that we were under no illusions as to how tough it was going to be.

"There are definitely positives to take out of it. For us it is still a case of taking one game at a time and there is no disappointment, regardless of this result.

"We're on to the next game now. With the fans behind us anything can happen."

Arfield opened his account with a powerful shot past Thibaut Courtois and admitted his 14th minute goal was a 'special moment'.

"I've waited a long time to play in the top division and I enjoyed it," he said.

"On a personal level that was different class and my family were down here from Scotland to see it too.

"They've stuck by me and they've waited a long time for that too, so it was a really special moment."