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Newcastle United 2-0 Burnley

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Newcastle v Burnley
Burnley failed to score for the first time in the Premier League since 19 January

A sublime goal by Fabian Schar helped ease Newcastle United's relegation worries as Burnley's unbeaten eight-game Premier League run came to an end.

Schar set Rafael Benitez's side on the way to a fourth win in six league games with an outstanding strike from around 30 yards which went in off the post.

Burnley, who have picked up more points in 2019 than leaders Liverpool, fell further behind when they failed to clear Matt Ritchie's cross and 21-year-old academy graduate Sean Longstaff pounced for his first league goal for the club.

James Tarkowski wasted Burnley's best chance when he fired over from inside the six-yard area.

Newcastle's second successive win lifts them above Burnley into 13th in the table, seven points above the relegation zone.

Almiron the spark behind Magpies resurgence

There is still work to do for Benitez's team to secure a third successive season in the top-tier but this was a performance full of positives.

United's record signing Miguel Almiron was again the catalyst as he followed up his full debut at the weekend with another dynamic display.

His explosive pace caused Burnley's defence all sorts of problems and the Paraguay forward is winning over fans, who have been crying out for a new hero, with his attitude and never-say-die spirit.

After he was thwarted by Tom Heaton after beating the off-side trap, he responded with a smile and was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Paul Dummett towards the end after running himself into the ground.

We need to remain consistent to be safe - Benitez

Longstaff, too, has a promising future at Newcastle.

After Schar's exquisite finish set the hosts on their way, he showed great composure to double the lead from an acute angle.

"He is working hard, listening to staff and learning which is the main thing," said Benitez about Longstaff.

"Having a young lad from the academy is a great example for people to follow. It is ideal for any club to have players through academy because they are cheaper and they give you more."

Newcastle were in the relegation zone as recently as 12 January.

They are slowly edging away from danger but Benitez knows more performances like this are needed before they can relax.

Burnley fail to deliver on disappointing night

This was Burnley's first league defeat since 26 December.

Anchored in the relegation zone two months ago, Sean Dyche's side have transformed their season with eye-catching performances against Tottenham and Manchester United.

At St James' Park, they fell below the standards they have recently set.

Newcastle 2-0 Burnley: Sean Dyche says defeat 'a reminder' for players

Although there was little Heaton could do to keep out Schar's incredible finish, the defending for Longstaff's goal was poor.

Tarkowski's glaring miss just before half-time proved crucial, while Burnley's players wanted a penalty when Matt Ritchie went into the back of Johann Berg Gudmundsson as he was about to shoot.

Dyche sent on 38-year-old Peter Crouch, who has scored against Newcastle with four different clubs in the Premier League, to try and pull a goal back.

Instead the former England forward picked up a yellow card.

Dyche hopes his side's below-par showing was a blip rather than anything more worrying.

"Our performances have been good and we have earned the right to be where we are," said the Burnley boss.

"We do have the odd game like this but it is a good reminder for the players."

Man of the match - Fabian Schar (Newcastle)

Sean Longstaff won't forget this night in hurry but neither will Fabian Schar whose glorious goal finally sparked a game which had been devoid of excitement into life and set Newcastle on the way to an important win
Sean Longstaff won't forget this night in hurry but neither will Fabian Schar whose glorious goal finally sparked a game which had been devoid of excitement into life and set Newcastle on the way to an important win

Home comforts - the stats

  • No side has picked up more Premier League points at home in 2019 so far than Newcastle United's 12.
  • After winning just two of their opening 11 home league games of this season, Newcastle have won four consecutive home league games for the first time since last April.
  • This was the first time Burnley have lost a Premier League game with Tom Heaton in goal since August 2017.
  • Newcastle have done a league double over Burnley for the first time since the 1954-55 top-flight campaign.
  • Fabian Schar's goal was Newcastle's first to be scored from outside the box in this season's Premier league from their 121st such attempt from outside the area in 2018-19.
  • Aged 21 years and 119 days, Sean Longstaff is the youngest player to score for Newcastle in the Premier League since Rolando Aarons netted aged 20 years and 181 days against Spurs in May 2016.

What's next?

Newcastle head to London on Saturday to face West Ham (17:30 GMT) while Burnley entertain Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT).



Formation 5-4-1

  • 12Dubravka
  • 19Manquillo
  • 5Schär
  • 6Lascelles
  • 20Lejeune
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17PérezSubstituted forJoseluat 87'minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 36S LongstaffBooked at 22minsSubstituted forDiaméat 85'minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forDummettat 80'minutes
  • 9Rondón


  • 3Dummett
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 10Diamé
  • 21Joselu
  • 22Yedlin
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 26Bardsley
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 39mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 13HendrickBooked at 60mins
  • 4Cork
  • 31McNeilSubstituted forBradyat 45'minutes
  • 11WoodSubstituted forVydraat 83'minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forCrouchat 71'minutesBooked at 88mins


  • 2Lowton
  • 12Brady
  • 14Gibson
  • 15Crouch
  • 20Hart
  • 23Ward
  • 27Vydra
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Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamBurnley
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Burnley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Burnley 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Salomón Rondón following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Javier Manquillo.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley).

  12. Booking

    Peter Crouch (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Burnley).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Joselu replaces Ayoze Pérez.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Salomón Rondón.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Burnley) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Fabian Schär.


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