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JBG Expects A Response

Winger admits Clarets off the pace as unbeaten run ends on Tyneside

26 February 2019

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is looking for the Clarets to bounce straight back after seeing their unbeaten run ended at Newcastle United.

First-half goals from Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff at St James’ Park were enough to hand Burnley a first Premier League defeat since Boxing Day as Newcastle leapt above them in the table.

Gudmundsson, starting his first league game since early January, admitted Burnley were below par as they lost for the first time in nine league games.

But they remain six points clear of the drop-zone with 10 games to go as the countdown continues against Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.

“The last few weeks have been really good for us and we’ve picked up a lot of points,” said the Clarets’ wingman.

“This is a tough ground to come to and that showed today, but we know we can play better and we’ll definitely do that on Saturday.

“It’s against Crystal Palace who are around us, so it’s going to be a massive game and one we’re looking forward to put this to bed and get the three points.

“We know we are far from being safe and we need to pick up more points and it’s a good way to start again after this loss and go back to our home at Turf Moor and it will definitely be tough for Crystal Palace on Saturday.”

Newcastle made it four successive home wins as Sean Dyche’s men drew a blank in front of goal for the first time in five games.

It could have been different had Gudmundsson, who might have had a penalty when being clipped by Matt Ritchie as he shot, and James Tarkowksi taken chances to reduce the deficit just before the break.

But Gudmundsson conceded the Clarets left themselves too much to do.

“He definitely catches me and we didn’t get that and then Tarky had a good chance,” added the Iceland international.

“That would have changed the mood in their team and in the ground, but it didn’t happen for us today and that’s the disappointing thing.

“I think the performance wasn’t good enough today, especially in the first half.

“We picked it up a little bit in the second half but obviously they were 2-0 up and got a lot of men behind the ball, so it was tough to break them down and we didn’t find a way to score.

“We just needed that goal to get us going and they would probably get a bit nervous as well.

“They defended with a lot of men in their box behind the ball so it was tough to break down.

“We had a few half-chances and maybe we should have taken some of them, but it just didn’t happen for us today.”

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