Vincent Kompany has hailed Burnley supporters for providing the “rocket fuel” for his side’s 5-1 win at Wigan.
Josh Brownhill’s brace as well as goals from Jay Rodriguez, Nathan Tella and Samuel Bastien gave the Clarets North West bragging rights, with Will Keane pulling one back from the penalty spot.
Burnley were roared from start to finish by a sold-out contingent of nearly 5,000, to whom Kompany dedicated the victory.
“It was rocket fuel,” he said. “And that’s the beauty of these types of away games. You get 5,000 fans with you, every goal you feel you’re celebrating with such an audience.
“I told the players, ‘go score goals and go celebrate with the fans, give them something to cheer on’, and they did just that.”
Apart from 20 minutes either side of half-time, when Keane scored and should have leveled the scores at 2-2, Burnley were good value for their win.
Kompany said: “There was a team there who fought for every ball. 10 difficult minutes in the first half, we fought.
“And in the second half we did everything we needed to do in the future against teams chasing after the game. We had threat behind, patience with the ball, and when we had it Occasionally we broke the lines and attacked in numbers.
“It was a good lesson, a very good lesson. We have seen all the aspects of the game that we can face in the championship, with different qualities.
“When you have a team with so many new players, every step of the way is full of lessons. Sometimes you get away with it, you win and learn and go another day, and last time we didn’t make it. .
“But we didn’t have much to do. We have improved and I just hope now it will gel up a bit to be ready for the next challenges.