The last time Steve McClaren brought a side to Turf Moor, it ended in a 5-1 defeat for Nottingham Forest and the former England coach tendering his resignation.
But while he accepts tomorrow’s return with Derby County is a similarly tough task, McClaren feels the outcome won’t be as final in the scheme of things.
Burnley crushed Forest in September 2011, leaving McClaren with eight points from his opening 10 games in charge.
Down Brian Clough Way, however, he has had a huge influence, with only three defeats in 23 league games since taking over the reins from Nigel Clough in October.
The Clarets, meanwhile, have three defeats in 32 games in total, and haven’t lost at Turf Moor in 20 league outings.
They are separated by two points, with Burnley currently holding onto the second automatic promotion spot, and the former Middlesbrough chief feels tomorrow’s game isn’t make or break, merely a guide of how much progress his side have made.
McClaren said: “This is a big test for us to see how far we have come.
“Many teams have gone to Burnley this season and nobody has won. They beat a very good Nottingham Forest team on Saturday, so it will be a big test.
“Whoever wins or loses, it wil not change much because there is still a long way to go, but it will give us a good indication for the rest of the season.”
Derby bring the second best away record in the Championship to the side with the second best home sequence, with the Rams unbeaten in their last seven matches.
Their last setback was a 4-1 defeat at leaders Leicester City last month, although they have beaten QPR 1-0 as one of five wins since.
McClaren is keen to keep the pressure off his players, however: “It will not necessarily be about the points, more about the performance.
“I say that because it is a bit like the Leicester test, and we did not do very well in that.
“So I am interested to see how the team does.
“Obviously the last few victories have started people outside the camp talking about the top two again.
“The fact we’re right behind Burnley means it is a game that everyone is excited about.”