What Burnley 'couldn't believe' about Newcastle as Vincent Kompany shows class

Newcastle United comfortably swept Burnley aside for the second time this season in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Clarets - but Vincent Kompany will no doubt feel aggrieved they didn't push the Magpies closer after such a positive start to the tie.

Also, given the fact he and his staff had clearly done their research after September's 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture. That was the message relayed by former Newcastle striker Michael Bridges, who was on co-commentary duty at Turf Moor on Saturday, where he relayed his conversation with Burnley No 2 Craig Bellamy deep in the bowels of St James' Park last year.

According to Bridges, Burnley were left stunned by Newcastle's intensity both with and without the ball, stating they 'couldn't believe' the running statistics of Eddie Howe's side during the clash on Tyneside.

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This time around Burnley actually started the better of the two sides, looking as though they would be the team putting the hard yards in this time around. The opening 10 minutes saw the hosts go close through the likes of Jacob Bruun Larsen and Lorenz Assignon, while Newcastle really struggled to get on the ball and keep it.

But this is a relegation-threatened side who have only scored 39 goals in 36 games. Their toothless nature returned - and cost them - on Saturday as their demotion to the second tier was all but confirmed.

Newcastle may have started sluggish but once they got their noses in front, they went in for the kill. Callum Wilson's opener was swiftly followed by a Sean Longstaff strike and Bruno Guimaraes' calm finish to end the match as a contest before Kompany could even dish out some stern words in the home dressing room.

Howe's team talk will have been slightly easier but one thing he will have urged was consistency - and no complacency. Newcastle may have conceded late on but Burnley never once looked like fighting back - especially when the visitors could look to the bench and bring on over £100m worth of talent.

This was a performance, and result, that bodes well for the remainder of the campaign. Kompany was certainly impressed with what he saw from the opposition, laying praise at Newcastle's door at full-time.

"We came up against a better side, the team gave it everything," he told the BBC. "A very good start to the game. I don't think we lacked opportunities to be dangerous ourselves, we just couldn't match Newcastle in most areas of the pitch.

"They have lot of good players. We can't let ourselves get beaten down, it is what it is. We have to pick ourselves up and go again."

Kompany may be plotting for the Championship once again but Newcastle are looking up at the opposite end of the table, which looks a lot prettier than it has in previous months. The Magpies are up to sixth and looking good value for a European finish. Howe is certainly upbeat about his side's chances on that front.

"It was a really good display from us, confidence is gradually returning, the strength in depth is good," Howe said. "You could see that by the bench. We are determined to give our all and finish as high as possible. We set our targets after the last international break and we need to keep that going in the last few games."