Burnley boss Vincent Kompany is eager to create a “fortress” atmosphere ahead of Saturday’s clash with Reading.

The Clarets are unbeaten at home this season and currently sit at the top of the Championship table following Tuesday night’s 1-0 win against Norwich.

Kompany’s men also have one of the tightest defences in the division, having conceded 15 goals since the start of the campaign.

“Every game at home we have to see as an advantage there for us and we have to believe that the fans are making it difficult for the opposing team and lifting us. We have that approach every game,” he said.

“With the defensive side of the game, you can’t not concede unless you have a well organised team.

"Usually being well organised and having new players coming into a new league is not always compatible, so that’s definitely a positive step forward for us.

"It allows us to have a tight victory, which you sometimes need, but it’s always a collective effort for us. It’s a very complete approach to the game.”


Summer signing Anass Zaroury has impressed in recent weeks and delivered another promising display against Norwich.

Kompany isn’t surprised by how quickly the Belgian Under-21 international has taken to English football.

He added: “I have known the player so I knew this is exactly what you can expect of a player like him.

“Because he is young, you monitor the ups and downs, the habits and every detail of his performance to make sure there is nothing that creeps in there that could be a bad habit.

“Then he will keep improving. With age and experience you self-manage a bit more, and he is a player with a good future.

“I have known him since he was playing for Lommel and I saw him in the youth national teams and the Belgian league when we played against him.

“On top of that, and that is what made a very healthy case for him, is that he got flagged by our scouting department as well.

“So it all came together, a little bit the same as Vitinho, and then there is not a lot of doubt to be had - it is the timing.”