Newcastle 1 Burnley 1 – Wednesday 31 January 2018 7.45pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle fail to beat Burnley after taking the lead, making it eight Premier League home matches without a win.

Jamie Swan:

“I’ve felt for a while that the Gods were conspiring against us.

“Last night Swansea beating Arsenal (after Liverpool last week) heaped huge pressure on all our doorsteps.

“Bournemouth spanking the plastics tonight didn’t help neither.

“The half time rumour of Slimani failing a medical practically had me vomiting.

“Atsu spooning one at Pope after Kennedy hit the post and then poor old Joselu doing exactly what everyone feared Joselu would do for the penalty, made me certain of it.

“However, in the face of adversity this team of Rafas did play well on the whole.

“All this amidst the self-induced transfer window circus of doom. Even more frustratingly, it was probably the best performance for a while and really hoped to break the home hoodoo.

“But that penalty miss of course comes back to bite us on the backside and we fail to win at home AGAIN. Any point is a good point, but we have to start getting wins at home.

“Kennedy looks a cracking player. Here’s hoping the loan rangers rescue this hard working team for the fans and the manager, in spite of the owner and chairman trying their utmost to destroy us through bloody minded greed, tightness and pure incompetence in equal measure.

“Stay UNITED.”

Toon Bano:

“I’m absolutely raging.

“That’s all I have to say

“Raging.”

Ben Cooper:

“We should have won tonight.

“We would have if we could score goals.

“No point in beating around the bush here, for all the usual transfer deadline day carnage and missed opportunities to sign players because of tight-fisted and uncaring owners and useless club personnel, if Rafa continues to persevere with attacking players who don’t score goals then we will not win games.

“The manager still has time to come up with a solution, he has limited options but he still has options.

“Attacking Burnley, Kenedy looked a good player today. The others didn’t. That has to change if we are going to stay up.

“Defensively we graft and have players who consistently play above their limited ability.

“What’s in front of them isn’t going to be enough if the same faces play the same way week in week out.

“It would be a start if someone who could shoot took the penalties.”

Nat Seaton:

“Should have had the game wrapped up but instead another poor home result against a pretty average Burnley team.

“It’s going to be a long hard slog to pick up points playing as we are, both at home and away.”

David Punton:

“Bitterly disappointed with that.

“Missed chances, not least our first penalty of the season, are oh so costly at this level.

“It’s a shame because we created stuff tonight but Burnley have come up with an almost farcical equaliser to steal a point and deny us three precious ones.

“The positive was the performance of the Brazilian, Kenedy, hit the post and has an assist.

“But the fact we dropped the two points will grab all the headlines. Are we ever going to win a home game in this league!

“The transfer window has been farcical, with owner and MD saving a small amount of face with the arrival of Slimani. We’ll need him, because Joselu’s misses are costing us big time. That penalty had to go in.

“This relegation battle is getting brutal.”

Paul Lyon:

“Punished for not taking our chances yet again.

“Atsu, Joselu the main culprits, Joselu’s pen reminded me of the time I first kicked a penny floater towards my toddler!

“The manner in which we conceded the equaliser was indicative of how things are going at the moment for us.

“Finding it hard to see a way out of this mess we’re in unless we start scoring goals.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Burnley 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Lascelles 65

Burnley: Darlow OG 85

Possession was Burnley 48% Newcastle 52%

Total shots were  Burnley 11 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Burnley 2 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Burnley 4 Newcastle 7

Referee: Simon Hooper

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Atsu (Murphy 64), Diame, Merino, Kenedy (Ritchie 72), Perez (Gayle 85), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Shelvey, Manquillo, Hayden,

Crowd: 50,174



  • Down Under Mag

    Game should have been locked down before half time. I’ve been one of the few who have tried to give Joselu the benefit of the doubt but that all disappeared tonight. We needed him to step up and be strong and he missed not only the penalty but a clear cut chance that could have seen us comfortable and the burnley goal a mere consolation.

    Not sure Darlow did much wrong with their goal despite some criticism online, the defence just switched off and the whole team sat back once we scored just inviting pressure onto themselves…I guess that is the lack of confidence the realisation that we probably weren’t going to score another. Darlow did get a hand to the ball and on another day that gets tipped over, he couldn’t do much about the rebound, but apparently we were touch and go to get another keeper in on loan so interesting to see what gets done there.

    Kenedy though had an outstanding debut for us and showed just how lacking in quality we really are. I think he put more good balls into the box in 72 minutes than the rest of the team has managed in the whole season and it was no surprise to see our attacking threat die down once he was replaced. As much as Ritchie works hard and shows some glimpses, it was clear as day that he isn’t even in the same league as the Chelsea lad.

    Slimani fit and in the side can’t come quickly enough and it is hard to see how we can surivive with Joselu and Perez so ineffective up front, surely Mitrovic has done something to get jettisoned (and it’s times like this that Rafa does himself no favours with his critics by persisting with Joselu and refusing to give Mitrovic a chance). We are actually creating chances but you can see the confidence sapped away after missing so many and the pressure that puts on the defence.

    • Wezza147

      Spot on, we did indeed sit back when we scored inviting them onto us. Silly and needless free kicks conceded gave them more confidence. We really must learn to keep the ball better and not just defend as soon as we score.
      I’m also with you on Joselu. He hasn’t been the only one guilty of missing chances, Gayle missed a hatful against Brighton but today Joselu was just not good enough with his finishing.
      Slimani on loan will give them a lift but it doesn’t cover the fact that this transfer window has been a complete farce without a penny spent on a real transfer (just loan fee, wages) Penny pinching to the extreme.
      We know the problem and like those banners quoted KK WE WILL GET OUR CLUB BACK SOME DAY!

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        I’m not sure the window was that terrible. Slimani was one of the main targets, we apparently made enquiries at the start of January for him, only for the price to be too high. Rafa wanted Kennedy in the summer, only for Chelsea to decide to keep him. Rafa also wanted a keeper albeit the lad at Napoli.

        He’s got a keeper and two top targets, what’s not to like?

    • FatParosite

      Yep we have a player we can’t afford to buy outright, on loan. Lucky us!

  • TheFatController

    Two things I remember from my younger years;-

    1. Trying to score with a balloon at Christmas aged 10 in the lounge – I was reminded of those days tonight when Atsu fluffed the rebound off the post and with joselu’s penalty. I hit the balloon harder.

    2. As I recall from any team I played with, if there’s one thing to lift a team it’s having a goal scorer. For the first time since Loic Remy in the PL we have one.
    But I’m reminded of Chubby Brown’s joke about a ‘two bagger’ – We needed 2 strikers signed in case one of them gets injured…

  • FatParosite

    Everyone is sore tonight. But this is a symptom of the slow waterboarding of our club. Joselu fannyfarting a penalty was a symptom. McClaren was a symptom. Pardew for all his faults was just a symptom. Even JFK was a symptom. I just wish the morons in the stadium knew what the cure was.

  • Rob

    Believe in Rafa but Joselu should only be near the pitch as a water boy. Please give up on this waste of £5 million before he costs us a place in the league.

    • HarryHype59

      At £5m, Stoke mugged us!

      • fistsofsteel2

        Well we expected £15million for Mitro, and Rafa obviously rates Joselu more highly than Mitro…….so maybe we’ll want £20million for Mitro……and similar for Gayle…….LOL

  • Chesterhero

    To any of the sour faced gits who refused to budge and let us on the middle carriage of the last train back to Chester last night: we did get on the next carriage up, where some of our friendly fans literally dragged us on to make sure we didn’t miss it.

  • Cuh

    Mitrovic could score penalties. We sold the wrong striker.

    I would never understand why we bought Joselu. Never

  • fistsofsteel2

    You can see why Mitro never got a look in, when Rafa has the superb Joselu there to lead our attack. What a brilliant player Joselu has proved to be – we should never doubt King Rafa’s judgement. His decision to stick with Joselu is now bearing fruit. You see – Rafa knew what he was doing all the time.