PREMIER LEAGUE REPORT: Saint-Maximin secures precious win for Magpies
It was often said that Steve Bruce was a lucky manager at Newcastle United. When his luck ran out, the team that Steve built could rarely bag a win for love nor money. Has the luck finally returned after an away win at Burnley?
At half-time the Clarets looked to be heading toward 38 points and Premier League safety after a great goal by Matej Vydra made it 1-0.
Sean Dyche would have had one eye on a chilled-out, bucket-filled with champagne ready for the final whistle, as Burnley looked well in control of the first half.
Newcastle fans at half time were fretting over Bruce’s rotten luck, after the Wythenshawe whistler and his VAR compatriots denied the Toon a penalty. A dangerous high boot that almost knocked Sean Longstaff cold in the Burnley penalty box went unpunished.
The tide turns
But after the break it was a different story, with the introduction of Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson on 57 mins. Just two minutes later, Murphy struck a beauty into the Burnley net, after a magical pass inside the Burnley box from, you guessed it, Saint-Maximin. 1-1.
Shortly after, the French wizard opened his box of tricks once again. He drilled the ball past the hapless Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the Clarets goal. 1-2. Newcastle United were now in front, and looking worthy of three points.
Toward the end of the game, Burnley powered forward in waves looking for an equalizer that never came. They dominated late possession, and with thirteen corners had chance after chance to stick one over on Bruce.
Lucky ol’ Brucie
Has Bruce finally found his lucky streak once again? The win leaves Newcastle six points clear of third-bottom Fulham with a game in hand.
Next up for Burnley is an away match against Manchester United. Meanwhile, Newcastle will hope to leap-frog over them in the table, should Bruce’s luck hold out against West Ham United at St. James Park.
Crowd at Turf Moor: 0
Possession: Burnley 53% – Toon 43%
Final Score: Burnley 1 – 2 Newcastle United
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