Burnley claimed the three points at stake in their Monday night Premier League match against Newcastles United at the Turf Moor stadium.
Jeff Hendrick scored Burnley’s only goal in the seventy third minute of the game. The built-up to the goal involved a brilliant one-two pass between Johan Gudmundsson and Jack Cork at the edge of the Magpie’s eighteen yard box : which allowed Cork to fire a shot towards the opponent’s goalpost and goalkeeper Elliot deflected the ball out of his goalpost; Gudmundsson latched onto the rebound and immediately sent a cross into the six yard box which took a touch from Elliot as it flew to the front of an unmarked Jeff Hendrick inside the six yard box, and the attacker had ample time to shoot the ball into the roof of the net.
As it is typical of how the teams outside the so-called top six in the Barclay Premier league play their games, the two teams came out and tried to outplay each other without making recourse to the ultra defensive tactics they employ when they play against their more illustrious and high-spending counterparts in the league.
Burnley came into the game and attacked Newcastle with a frenetic pace which did not allow the Magpies to get their rhythm in the opening ten minutes. And in one of such Burnley’s attacks, Jeff Hendrick shot wide from the goalpost when a pass located him inside the opponent’s six yard box.
Former Liverpool mid-fielder, Jonjo Shelvey, had a chance to put his side ahead in the seventh minute of the game, but his rocket-powered shot went directly towards goalkeeper Nick Pope, who had little difficult catching the ball.
Newcastle eventually found a way in to the game, and Christian Atsu and Ayoze Perez were able to cause little scare in the opponent’s final third as the game entered the quarter hour mark.
DeAndrea Yedlin successfully sent passes from the right flank into Burnley’s eighteen yard box during the first half of the game, but the short-statured Christian Atsu who was always prowling in that vicinity had no chance to win the aerial duels with Burnley’s defenders fronting their goalpost .
Burnley clearest goal-scoring opportunity presented itself in the thirty first minute of the first half when a cross from the right-flank of the opponent’s final third located Ashley Barnes inside the eighteen yard box, but his well-struck header flew over the crossbar.
On resumption of the second half Newcastle had a chance to score in the fifty fifth minute of the game, but Ayoze Perez shot was punched out of danger by Nick Pope.
The two teams show good organization as the game proceeded, and nether side could get the better of the other.
As the game entered the last minute of the official time, Ashley Barnes drew a brilliant save from goalkeeper Elliot with his curling low shot.
Newcastle’s late effort to score and equalizer almost came to fruition when Nick Pope managed to punched out of danger Isaac Hayden’s goal-bound shot from outside the eighteen yard box.
The home team gained a remarkable traction on the league table with the three points they earned with today’s victory , which took them to the six position on the table.