By 90Min
November 26, 2018

Newcastle recorded their third successive Premier League win, as a Ben Mee own goal and Ciaran Clark header meant out Sam Vokes' strike counted for nothing as the visitors held on to record a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Monday night.

The kick off at Turf Moor was delayed by 30 minutes due to referee assessor Eddie Wolstenholme collapsing before the game. However, despite the delay, fans in attendance didn't have to wait too long for a goal, as a Federico Fernandez strike took a big deflection off Mee, sending the ball out the reach of Joe Hart to give the visitors the lead after just four minutes. 

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Despite responding well following the early setback, Burnley found themselves two goals down after 23 minutes, with Clark making the most of the space afforded to him inside the area to head home Matt Ritchie's in-swinging cross following the initial short corner. 

The hosts did enter the interval with the deficit halved however, as Sam Vokes header from the edge of the area looped over Martin Dubravka in the 40th minute, although the Newcastle goalkeeper did well to palm Chris Wood's stinging drive effort in added time to preserve the Magpies' slender lead at half-time. 

Newcastle almost restored their two-goal cushion four minutes into the beginning of the second half when play resumed. However, Ritchie somehow managed to find the side netting with the goal at his mercy, in what will go down as one of the misses of the season.

Wood then spurned a hat-trick of chances to get his side back in the game, with substitute Joselu slammed an effort against the post with ten minutes remaining, before Vokes could only head over in the final minute of added time, as Newcastle held on for the win. 

Here's our breakdown of this one.


BURNLEY

Key Talking Point

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A lack of quality in the final third was Burnley's downfall against Newcastle, as the hosts wasted several clear chances to get something from the game.

Wood was the biggest culprit, as the New Zealand international lacked the composure to finish a number of opportunities that came his way. 

The result now means Burnley are without a win in their last six Premier League games, with only nine points from their 13 league games - a far cry from their 22 points at this stage last season. 


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Hart (5); Lowton (5), Long (5), Mee (6), Taylor (5); Lennon (4), Cork (5), Defour (5), Brady (5); Vokes (6), Wood (4). 

Substitutes: Barnes (5), Hendrick (5).


STAR MAN


Few stood out for Burnley at Turf Moor, however Vokes' stunning header in the first half was the home side's only moment of genuine quality in the entire game.

Managing to loop his header from the edge of the area over Dubravka, the Welsh international gave his side hope, and almost sent them home with a point right at the death, but couldn't quite direct his header on target. 

WORST PLAYER


Chris Wood had a night to forget against Newcastle, as the Burnley forward wasted several chances that, in the end, proved costly for his side, with the striker lacking any notion of composure in front of goal, either firing straight at Dubravka or off target altogether. 




NEWCASTLE UNITED 


Key Talking Point


Rafael Benitez opted to play a back five against Burnley, with the decision to do so a key factor as Newcastle recorded their third successive win.

The three central defenders coped well with what the hosts threw at them, as they stood firm to deal with the late aerial onslaught that ensued late in the game, while wing-backs Yedlin and Ritchie provided great width for the visitors. 

Ki Sung-Yeung and Mo Diame provided a great shield in front of the defence to help protect the back line, as the Magpies managed to hold on for the three points. 


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Dubravka (6); Yedlin (7), Schar (8*), Fernandez (6), Clark (6), Ritchie (6); Kenedy (5), Diame (7), Ki (7), Ayoze Perez (5); Rondon (6). 

Substitutes: Joselu (6), Hayden (N/A).


STAR MAN

Fabian Schar is proving to be a real hit at the back for Newcastle, with the Swiss international producing another fine display in defence for Benitez's side. 

The centre-back stuck to his defensive duties well all evening, while his quality on the ball should not be overlooked, as he proves to be another great piece of business done by Benitez despite the limited funds available to him. 




WORST PLAYER 


The change to a back five meant Ayoze Perez had to play in a wide position, although the Spaniard failed to make any sort of mark in the game, with his most notable moment of the game being some unsavoury play-acting in the first half. 


Looking Ahead 


Both sides return to action at the weekend, with Burnley travel to face Crystal Palace, with Dyche's side now just one point above the relegation zone.

Newcastle meanwhile return to St James' Park, as they welcome West Ham United, a side that they have now moved level on points with following the win against Burnley.

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