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PREVIEW: Burnley v Newcastle United

Build-up as the Clarets look to bounce back against in-form Tynesiders

14 December 2019

The Clarets are back at Turf Moor for the last time before Christmas and looking to deliver the goods after a three-game losing run.


Burnley’s blip has seen then slip into the bottom half of the Premier League, below Steve Bruce’s Newcastle who have left their early-season troubles behind them thanks to a run of five wins and two draws from their last seven games.

The Clarets have lost successive home fixtures to Crystal Palace and league champions Manchester City.

But Tottenham are the only side outside the top three with more than Burnley’s four home wins – each of which have been secured without conceding a goal.

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Sean Dyche’s men are yet to draw at Turf Moor, while the Tynesiders haven’t drawn a game away from home.

And at the start of a crucial run of games for the Clarets – which sees them play four teams in the bottom half of the table in their next five fixtures wrapped around Christmas – Dyche is looking to his team to bounce back following a 5-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur a week ago.

“We’ve debriefed it (the defeat last week) and we live and learn and overall we are not a million miles away from where we should be,” said the Burnley boss.

“We have a lot better points tally (than last season) and we’re unlucky not to have a few more.

“There is a two-league scenario and there’s a section of teams in and around us. That starts this weekend and we’re looking for a performance, first and foremost.”

Team news

Ashley Barnes and Ashley Westwood could both be back for the Clarets to increase manager Sean Dyche’s options.

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Phil Bardsley may also be back in contention after missing the 5-0 defeat at Tottenham, but the game could come too soon for defensive colleague Charlie Taylor and Kevin Long is still out.

Johann Berg-Gudmundsson isn’t ready to return but is set to figure in a bounce-game next week as he eyes a possible Christmas comeback.

Newcastle will be without summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin who is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles and Ki are also out but manager Steve Bruce hopes full-back Jetro Willems, forward Miguel Almirón and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will shake off knocks to play.

Form guide

The Clarets have hit a sticky patch with three defeats in an eight-day spell slowing their momentum after back-to-back wins in November.

That run has seen Sean Dyche’s men slip to 13th place in the table but only one team outside the top three has more home wins that the Clarets’ total of four.

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Newcastle have recovered from a slow start to the season to steadily climb the table under Geordie boss Steve Bruce.

After winning just one of their first seven league games, the Tynesiders have won five and drawn two of their last nine games to claim 11th spot.

Newcastle are yet to draw away from home, with three wins and five defeats on the road.

Opposition camp

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: “It’s probably the worst time to go there.

“Knowing Sean the way I do, he’ll not be happy with his last couple of results in particular.

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"What you see is what you get with Sean. 

"He's a top lad and I'm delighted that he's done so well because there's another one who's had to work his way to the top, not afraid of hard work at all, and what he's done at Burnley in particular is quite magnificent."

Match stats

Ashley Westwood will make his 200th Premier League appearance if he returns for the Clarets.

Burnley captain Ben Mee is set to play his 300th league game and 285th for Burnley. The other 15 were on loan with Leicester City.

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If he features, Phil Bardsley will play his 50th game for the Clarets – 13 years after his first during a loan spell from Manchester United.

The Clarets’ home defeat to Newcastle last season was their first in six league meetings at Turf Moor.

Only Leicester City have conceded fewer goals that Burnley’s two from set-pieces this season (barring penalties).

Newcastle are the only side in the Premier League which is yet to have a penalty awarded either way in any of their matches this season.

The Tynsiders have scored nine goals from defenders – the highest in the division.


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REPORT: Burnley 1 Newcastle United 0

Chris Wood winner gets Clarets moving in another show of home strength

14 December 2019

Chris Wood and the Clarets again produced the goods when it mattered at Turf Moor by delivering three vital points to propel themselves back up the Premier League table.

Three successive defeats had sent Burnley into the bottom half and a little too close to the relegation scrap for comfort ahead of a crucial run of games up to the turn of the year.

But just when they need it, Sean Dyche’s men have a habit of coming good on their own turf and they did it again by stalling Newcastle’s revival with a fifth home win of the campaign.

All those wins have been achieved with the help of a clean sheet, with the latest even more welcome after the Clarets had conceded 11 goals during their losing run.

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And another common dominator is Wood, who was once again in the right place at the right time to head the second-half winner to go with the goals he scored in home victories over Norwich and West Ham as the Clarets provided the perfect response to their 5-0 mauling at Tottenhan a week ago.

Dyche made three changes to the side that started the defeat at Spurs, with Ashley Barnes, Ashley Westwood and Phil Bardsley all returning from injury.

That meant milestones for Westwood – making his 200th Premier League appearance – and Bardsley, who played his 50th game for the Clarets 13 years after his first during a loan spell from Manchester United.

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Newcastle’s own injury concerns prompted manager Steve Bruce to make four changes and hand the captain’s armband to Andy Carroll on just his second start since returning to Tyneside in the summer.

The former England striker is yet to score in his second coming but had a chance to bridge a nine-year gap since his last Newcastle goal after just five minutes with a header from Isaac Hayden’s cross which he directed wide.

The Clarets responded with a skidding shot from Dwight McNeil, which Martin Dubravka pushed around a post.

And McNeil then combined with Chris Wood with a return pass to Wood which the striker looked to clip home at the near post, the ball striking Paul Dummett on the hand but not at the cost of a penalty after a check by the VAR.

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It did lead to back-to-back corners for the Clarets, though, and from the second Tarkowksi headed just wide as he enjoyed a break from his fine job of marshalling Carroll.

That apart neither goal came under any great threat during a first half surprisingly extended by only three minutes following a succession of injury stoppages that did little to help the flow of a cagey affair.

It was important for the Clarets to keep themselves in the game, though, and an upbeat start to the second half was then rewarded with the crucial opening goal with almost an hour gone.

Referee Tim Robinson – taking charge of his first Premier League game – initially gave a goal-kick when he might have given a free-kick against Wood.

But having been over-ruled by one of his assistants, Robinson awarded a corner which Westwood delivered superbly for Wood to head home from virtually under the crossbar to claim his seventh goal of the season.

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Burnley were just about worthy of their lead at that point and with just over 20 minutes to go almost doubled it.

Jack Cork dispossessed Sean Longstaff and did everything right by rounding Federico Fernandez but with his left foot just failed to beat Dubravka who made a vital save to keep his side in the contest.

A first goal of the season for Cork – who was outstanding alongside Westwood in their re-united midfield partnership – would have brought welcome breathing space and added insurance against a late Newcastle push.

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Bruce tried to instigate that by bringing on Dwight Gayle to partner Carroll and the substitute should have scored what would have been controversial equaliser with 10 minutes to go.

Joelinton got away with barging Eric Pieters to the ground and when he crossed, Gayle somehow steered a close-range finish the wrong side of the near post.

That was Newcastle’s last chance of avoiding only a third defeat in 10 games as the Clarets defiantly kept them at bay to come through a test of character in impressive – and typical –style.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood (Rodriguiez 85). Substitutes: Hart, Lowton, Drinkwater, Brady, Vydra, Lennon.

Booked: None

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Willems (Gayle 71); Atsu (Muto 79), Hayden, S Longstaff, Joelinton; Carroll. Substitutes: Elliot, Krafth, Lejeune, Yedlin, M Longstaff.

Booked: Joelinton, Carroll

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 19,798

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