12162017

Burnley up to seventh with narrow win over Newcastle

Burnley v Newcastle

Burnley have six clean sheets in 13 Premier League games at Turf Moor in 2017

Sean Dyche marked his fifth anniversary in charge of Burnley with a win as Jeff Hendrick’s second league goal of the season proved enough to sink Newcastle.

A game low on quality was heading for a goalless conclusion when unmarked Hendrick tapped home Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s fine cross after Rob Elliot had beaten away Jack Cork’s effort.

Newcastle had earlier gone close when Ayoze Perez’s curling attempt from the edge of the penalty area forced Nick Pope into a full-stretch diving save.

Joselu drilled another chance wide in the 83rd minute as the visitors fell to a 12th defeat in their last 16 top-flight away games.

The perfect anniversary present

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Perfect way to mark five-year anniversary – Dyche

When Dyche took charge of Burnley on 30 October 2012, the Clarets were 14th in the Championship table.

Now they are seventh in the Premier League – level on points with sixth-placed Liverpool – after their 85th win in 211 league game under the former Watford boss.

This is Burnley’s third season – and second in a row – in the top-flight under Dyche, who has been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Everton. No longer are they seen as cannon fodder at this level.

This season, they’ve won at Chelsea and drawn away to both Tottenham and Liverpool, while they are now unbeaten in the past four at Turf Moor.

They have played better than they performed against Newcastle in a match which only came to life in the closing quarter.

The Clarets were missing club record £15m signing Chris Wood due to a hamstring injury and it looked like they were going to have to settle for a point until Hendrick pounced for his second goal in his last four league games.

The Republic of Ireland international could not miss after Gudmundsson’s quality cross before, late on, Elliot denied Ashley Barnes from doubling the lead with a one-handed stop.

Not quite a manic Monday

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Burnley 1-0 Newcastle: Rafa Benitez says Magpies had control until goal

Newcastle seemed happy to settle for a point and only showed any real urgency once they fell behind after Perez had carelessly lost possession.

The visitors twice went close to equalising in the closing moments – Pope keeping out substitute Isaac Hayden, before Javier Manquillo’s flicked header from Jonjo Shelvey’s cross landed on the roof of the net.

On another Monday night to forget for the Magpies, Christian Atsu was guilty of wasting the best chance of the first half when he poked over from close range.

Newcastle, who have failed to score in four of their 10 league games this season, have now lost 10 consecutive top-flight matches on a Monday.

Man of the match – Jack Cork (Burnley)

Jack Cork was the heartbeat in Burnley's midfield. He produced some fine challenges and it was his shot which led to Jeff Hendrick scoring the winner<!–

Jack Cork doesn’t half cover some ground. Indeed, the Clarets midfielder has covered 121.13 kilometres in the Premier League this season. No other player has done more. Cork was the heartbeat in Burnley’s midfield against Newcastle

What’s next?

Both teams are back in Premier League action on Saturday. At the same time as Burnley are away at Southampton (15:00 GMT), Newcastle entertain Bournemouth.

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Match ends, Burnley 1, Newcastle United 0.

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Newcastle United 0.

Attempt missed. Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nick Pope.

Attempt saved. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Florian Lejeune.

Hand ball by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Hand ball by Joselu (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Attempt missed. Joselu (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Matt Ritchie.

Attempt blocked. Joselu (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Westwood replaces Steven Defour.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Ayoze Pérez.

James Tarkowski (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Goal! Burnley 1, Newcastle United 0. Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Christian Atsu.

Attempt blocked. Steven Defour (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jack Cork (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).

Offside, Burnley. Jack Cork tries a through ball, but Jeff Hendrick is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Offside, Burnley. James Tarkowski tries a through ball, but Jeff Hendrick is caught offside.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

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

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt saved. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

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