There are signs of hope that Burnley may be Premier League standard after all.
Sean Dyche's Burnley (2-5-6) went 10 games without a win after gaining promotion to the top flight, but won back-to-back games against Hull City and Stoke City. The Clarets then lifted themselves off the foot of the table on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.
They needed a late Danny Ings penalty to rescue the point against the Villans, but Dyche revealed his players were disappointed not to have picked up all three.
"It was a well-fought point," Dyche said. "A lot has been made of Aston Villa, but they are a good side and there is certainly no question of them owning tools. In the end, it's a strange one, but we are scratching our heads that we didn't win it. Perhaps though, it's a sign of how far we've come that we are 0-1 down at home to Aston Villa and we're disappointed not to win.
"However, it's a great thing when you are picking up points. We came back from a goal down to secure a point and they are good things for the group. When I asked the lads how they were feeling after, they said disappointed. That's a marker for where they are mentally."
Tuesday evening will see Burnley welcome in-form Newcastle United to Turf Moor. The Magpies' 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday was their first loss since September, ending a run of five consecutive victories. However, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes the performance from his players was still good, even if the result wasn't what they were looking for.
"I'm frustrated in so much that the game was so tight," Pardew said. "It wasn't really much to call between the two sides. One break for them, a lucky break, and they've scored the goal and suddenly we're under pressure to try and get ourselves in a winning position. We pushed and pushed, even with 10 men, but it wouldn't come.
"I can't fault the players. They have been absolutely brilliant and again the attitude today was first-class, but it just didn't fall for us. We didn't get the bit of quality that we normally produce and therefore we have ended up with a defeat."
Captain Moussa Sissoko was shown two yellows against West Ham and is suspended for this match, and the Magpies also have a number of injury concerns. Fabricio Coloccini and Mehdi Abeid are both facing late fitness tests, while Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Davide Santon and Siem de Jong are all out.
Burnley may be able to welcome back on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and defender Michael Duff, but remain without Matty Taylor and Sam Vokes.
Goals have been a problem at both ends of the pitch for Dyche's side. Only Queens Park Rangers (25) have conceded more than Burnley's 21 this season, while only Aston Villa (seven) have scored fewer than the Clarets' nine.
This will be the first match between these two clubs for over 30 years.