Burnley match winner says proved right on Newcastle weakness they’d identified
Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal of the game on Monday night.
The Burnley midfielder scoring from close range in the 74th minute, as Ayoze Perez proved weak in possession and the Clarets made the most of the error to secure all three points.
Despite for most of the game it looked likely to end goalless, Jeff Hendrick revealed that in the build-up to the game, Burnley had identified a key Newcastle weakness.
Hendrick says they had closely studied the Magpies and knew they were quite similar to Burnley and would be hard to break down.
However, the midfielder says ‘we knew if we kept going they concede goals in the second half’.
Having checked the stats, he’s not wrong.
Here are the 10 matches so far and in brackets is the score at half-time:
Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2 (0-0)
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0 (0-0)
Newcastle 3 West Ham 0 (1-0)
Swansea 0 Newcastle 1 (0-0)
Newcastle 2 Stoke 1 (1-0)
Brighton 1 Newcastle 0 (0-0)
Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1 (1-1)
Southampton 2 Newcastle 2 (0-1)
Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0 (0-0)
Newcastle have conceded on one goal in the first half and that was against Liverpool, which is pretty good going in seven and a half hours of football.
After the break though it is a different matter, with Rafa’s team conceding in six games in the second half, eight goals in total.
It is a dramatic difference and could be down to tiredness creeping in and errors via that, such as Perez last night.
Newcastle themselves have scored a single goal in four different matches so far, with six goals in total after the break – West Ham the only match where they scored more than one goal in the second-half.
“It was a tight game and we knew that coming into it.
“We watched clips on them and they are quite similar to us, they keep it tight and they are hard to break down.
“But we knew if we kept going Newcastle concede goals in the second half and thankfully we got that goal.
“I was hoping the full-back didn’t get a head on it and then I had plenty of time and an open goal.
“If I had missed that, I could have just walked off the pitch, that would have been me done. Thankfully, I had enough time and put it away.
“We are happy with where we are. We know we have got a lot of hard games and there’s still plenty to play for.
“We’ve just got to keep it going. We learned a lot from last year. We’ve got a great group here and we’re not just going to look at the league table and be happy with that and settle for that.
“We’ve got to keep going and keep getting points on the board. We’ve got to keep fighting and keep winning games and at the end of the season, wait and see where we are.”
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