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Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United: Rafael Benitez's side win third consecutive game

Newcastle score their second goal through Ciaran Clark
Newcastle claimed their first top-flight victory over Burnley since 1975

Newcastle secured their third successive Premier League victory as they capitalised on Burnley's defensive frailties to move up to 13th in the table.

Federico Fernandez's effort, which deflected in off Clarets defender Ben Mee for an own goal, and Ciaran Clark's header from a Matt Ritchie cross proved decisive for Rafael Benitez's side.

Burnley had lost their past 23 top-flight matches in which they had conceded the first two goals and although Sam Vokes scored - connecting with Mee's long ball to loop a header over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from almost 18 yards - they were unable to force an equaliser.

That would have been harsh on Newcastle, who were superior for long periods and could have added to their tally through Ritchie and substitute Joselu, who struck the post.

Defeat leaves Burnley 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

Burnley's defensive woe continues

While Burnley began the match having scored the same number of goals (12) as at this stage last term, their major problems have come at the other end of the pitch.

Their success in finishing seventh in the Premier League in May was largely based on their solid defence, but those foundations have crumbled in a start littered with individual and collective errors.

Clark's goal was the 27th they have conceded this season - it took until 31 March for them to concede that many in 2017-18.

Both of Newcastle's first-half goals were symptomatic of those problems. Mee's own goal came after Clarets forward Chris Wood made a dreadful attempt to clear a corner under little pressure, and it was compounded when the defender diverted home a shot that appeared to be drifting wide.

Newcastle's second was another gift, with Burnley initially failing to react at a corner and then allowing Clark a free header from eight yards.

Things might have been worse for the hosts but Magpies wing-back Ritchie somehow contrived to miss from two yards out in the second period after another defensive error.

Rafael Benitez & Matt Ritchie
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said he had been able to laugh about Ritchie's miss after the match

Burnley also appear to have another problem, with former England defender Danny Mills critical of the predictable nature of their attacking play.

"I'm a massive fan of Sean Dyche, but you can't keep playing like that - pumping long balls up to two big lads up front," Mills told BBC Radio 5 live.

"They need something different. They'll score the odd goal like that but not two or three and then you're not going to dominate sides, so you'll always be under pressure. They need to change the way they play."

Newcastle finding their feet

After an abject start, taking three points from a possible 30 in a winless 10-game run, Newcastle have at last found their feet.

Benitez's side had lost each of their past 10 Premier League games played on a Monday night.

But, if the omens were not in their favour, their performance at Turf Moor was indicative of a team growing in confidence.

Benitez's tactics, which included the deployment of a trio of central midfielders, enabled them to control the game.

There were also solid performances from Fernandez and Fabian Schar at the heart of a reinforced rearguard.

The Argentina and Switzerland defenders both arrived in a summer when a lack of investment in the transfer market led to supporter protests.

But unity appears to have been temporarily restored and both played their part in this success, making 10 clearances each, alongside Clark, who made 11.

Man of the match - Ciaran Clark (Newcastle)

Ciaran Clark
Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark scored his second goal of the season for Newcastle and also made the most clearances of any player

'Every game is like a final for us' - what they said

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Burnley 1-2 Newcastle: We must keep confidence high - Rafa Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, talking to BBC Sport: "Every game for us is like a final. Winning is massive because it gives us more confidence. There is still a long race ahead but we are doing well and hopefully we can continue that.

"We needed to win and to perform well. The players did it and were amazing in terms of effort, organisation and team spirit.

"We were working in the week trying to manage Burnley's two big centre-forwards and the players did really well.

"The main thing for us is to make sure we can get something out of these games. We have confidence now and the players will continue pushing and working hard."

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Burnley 1-2 Newcastle: Clarets mentality not an issue - Sean Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm frustrated that the margins that are so important in these games have gone against us.

"The first goal is frustrating because it is unlucky, going in off a deflection, and the second goal is a soft goal. From then on, in the main, we were very good, we deserved the goal and got back into it.

"The second half, after a slow start, we provided enough to get an equaliser. We created chances but now we have to take them and then lock the door. There were better signs but we need results, we know that."

Burnley's bleak home form - the stats

  • Burnley have won just one of their past nine Premier League home games (D2 L6).
  • 54.5% of Newcastle's Premier League goals this season have been headers (6/11), a league-high proportion.
  • Newcastle's opener on three minutes 35 seconds was their earliest away Premier League goal since Yohan Cabaye scored against Sunderland in October 2012 (2:10).
  • Since the start of 2016-17, only Lewis Dunk (4) has scored more own-goals in the Premier League than Mee (3, level with Ryan Shawcross).
  • Clark has scored two goals in his past four Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 25.
  • Ritchie has registered 14 league assists for Newcastle since joining before 2016-17, more than any other player for the club.
  • Vokes' goal was scored from 17.65 yards out, the furthest distance for a headed Premier League goal since Jamie Vardy for Leicester against Sunderland in August 2015 (18.03).

What's next?

Burnley travel to Crystal Palace in their next Premier League match on Saturday, 1 December (15:00 GMT).

Newcastle also return to league action on Saturday, 1 December when they host West Ham (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 20Hart
  • 2Lowton
  • 28Long
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 25Lennon
  • 16DefourSubstituted forHendrickat 82'minutes
  • 4Cork
  • 12BradySubstituted forBarnesat 83'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Wood

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 10Barnes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Gibson
  • 18Westwood
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 5Schär
  • 18Fernandez
  • 2Clark
  • 11RitchieBooked at 90mins
  • 15KenedySubstituted forHaydenat 90'minutes
  • 10Diamé
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 17Pérez
  • 9RondónSubstituted forJoseluat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 8Shelvey
  • 14Hayden
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 30Atsu
  • 41Woodman
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
20,628

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Newcastle United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Newcastle United 2.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is blocked. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Hart.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Kenedy.

Kevin Long (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenedy (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Kenedy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Mee.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Robbie Brady.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jeff Hendrick replaces Steven Defour.

Foul by Chris Wood (Burnley).

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Joselu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Schär with a cross.

Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Joselu (Newcastle United) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez with a through ball.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt blocked. Joselu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Joselu replaces Salomón Rondón.

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 26th November 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City1311204053535
2Liverpool1310302652133
3Tottenham13100323111230
4Chelsea1384128111728
5Arsenal1383228161227
6Everton136432015522
7Man Utd136342021-121
8Bournemouth136252218420
9Watford136251717020
10Leicester135351817118
11Wolves134451215-316
12Brighton134361419-515
13Newcastle133371116-512
14West Ham133371422-812
15Huddersfield13247822-1410
16Crystal Palace13238817-99
17Burnley132381327-149
18Southampton131571024-148
19Cardiff132291126-158
20Fulham132291433-198
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