Burnley boss Vincent Kompany concedes his struggling side only have a “small opportunity of doing something special” when they go to in-form Newcastle on Saturday.
Up against a Magpies team that has had quite the week, which saw them put eight past Sheffield United on Sunday and knock treble-winning and Kompany’s old side Manchester City out of the EFL Cup, Kompany knows the Clarets will be up against it at St James’ Park.
He said: “That’s what you’re in the game for, [to face] every tough opponent and team of that calibre. There is also a small opportunity of doing something special.”
Burnley head into the weekend’s fixture on the back of a morale-boosting win of their own after cruising into the fourth round of the EFL Cup by putting four unanswered goals past Salford.
“It has been a good set of performances in the last three or four games, it feels good to do the job,” added Kompany, whose side have taken just a single point from their opening five Premier League fixtures.
The former Belgium international is unfazed, however, claiming he is more concerned with “getting this team Premier League ready and proving it week in, week out, starting at Newcastle.”
Burnley will be without injured duo Manuel Benson and Nathan Redmond for the trip to Tyneside.