Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield quick to praise Paul Robinson


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Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield has heaped praise on goalkeeper Paul Robinson after the veteran made his debut for the club against Manchester City last weekend.

The 37-year-old had not played for two years but was handed a rare start due to an injury to regular number one Tom Heaton.

Robinson, who signed for the club in January 2015, was unable to stop his team losing 2-1 to the Citizens but still showed his class between the sticks at Turf Moor.

Two goals from Sergio Aguero did the damage but Robinson did not look out of place during the Premier League clash.

Heaton has struggled with a calf issue in recent weeks and Robinson may be called on again for Saturday’s clash with Stoke City.

The England international has praised the former Leeds United stopper for his help in training and Arfield admits Robinson deserves plenty of credit despite being the club’s back-up at the moment.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I think surprised is probably the wrong term. “With what he’s done in the game, you know the calibre of what you’re getting when he comes in.

But his flexibility and his mentality, he still trains as if he’s 17. That was the biggest thing for me.

“A guy that has done so much and accomplished so much still trains as if he’s in the YTS and trying to break into the first team. If he can do it, then you look at anybody to try to put that into training and into matches.”

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