"We realise it is an away game and that's tough as you have seen every week, but we are relishing going up there even though it will be a tough task," Mackay told reporters.
"Every week there is a challenge in the Premier League and there is no easy week. If you ever start thinking like that, then good luck, because I am not sure you will last very long.
"It's about making sure you treat everyone with the same importance and it is the same as last year."
Cardiff are currently 16th in the table.