‘Banana skin’ - Newcastle United wary of how Burnley could stun flying Magpies at St James’ Park

Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson shared respect for Vincent Kompany’s work at Burnley (Image: Getty Images)Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson shared respect for Vincent Kompany’s work at Burnley (Image: Getty Images)
Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson shared respect for Vincent Kompany’s work at Burnley (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images
Newcastle United have turned a disappointing start to the season into a fine run of form but Burnley could be a more difficult test than results suggest.

Having seized a point from AC Milan at the San Siro, thumped Sheffield United and beaten Manchester City, some may think Newcastle United would go into this weekend's Premier League meeting with Burnley worry-free, but that's far from the case for the Magpies.

Striker Callum Wilson and manager Eddie Howe have bigged up the newly promoted side's progress under Vincent Kompany and, despite the Clarets being winless in the league so far this season, fear the visit of Burnley could be a potential 'banana skin'.

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Speaking on the Footballers' Football Podcast, Wilson previewed the home fixture and said: "It's another team that's down there but it's a banana skin game, eventually tables have to turn for these teams and you just have to make sure it's not against you.

"We have to make sure we're focused, recover quickly and be as professional as we can to put in a performance that puts teams to bed. If you want to be that team that's pushing to the top, no disrespect, you have to beat teams that have just been promoted."

Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson shared respect for Vincent Kompany’s work at Burnley (Image: Getty Images)Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson shared respect for Vincent Kompany’s work at Burnley (Image: Getty Images)
Eddie Howe and Callum Wilson shared respect for Vincent Kompany’s work at Burnley (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Eddie Howe echoed those sentiments and added he was 'hugely impressed' by how the club changed its playing style under the Manchester City legend last term.

The Magpies boss said: "They're very different, and there's no right or wrong of course, you can do it in loads of different ways. I think they will always stick, from what I see, to their current model of play.

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"I've got to say they were hugely impressive last year - the goals that they scored, the games they won and the style they did it in was great to watch. We played Burnley last pre-season and we had two really good games with two different 11s. I got to speak to Vincent after the game, and his staff. What they did following that game was a credit to them.

"It's great to see Burnley doing well, it's great to see them back in the Premier League. It will be a very different to previous Burnley teams, who were very effective in a different way, but they're going to want the ball and we're going to want the ball, so it's going to be a really big challenge for us and one we can hopefully rise to."

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