I like Sean Dyche usually but after Wednesday night’s draw at St James Park he has fallen into the lazy ways of most managers.

The Burnley boss accepts Newcastle were the better team but his view that Burnley were somehow hard done by is laughable.

Claims that they were camped inside the Newcastle box going for the winner isn’t how I remember those closing stages.

Neither did I think it was a penalty when a Newcastle player slipped (Yedlin I think), though Sean Dyche is adamant that the visitors were the wounded party on the night.

All of this conveniently ignores the fact that the referee was far far too lenient and should have sent at least two of their players off for flying elbows.

Also, on the equaliser, both Newcastle fans and players thought it was a goal-kick and not a corner, which of course Burnley got their goal from. That also a massive stroke of luck for the visitors, as Darlow touched the ball onto the bar, only for it to then hit him and go in.

Burnley offered next to nothing on the night and Newcastle totally deserved the three points, though as well as the officials letting themselves down with certain decisions, the finishing was atrocious the home side.

Sean Dyche:

“At some point we have to get a penalty.

“Definite penalty today, we can’t get a penalty.

“Definitely a penalty on Jack Cork.

“He turns in the box, the lad slipped, but realises as he’s slipped he is not going to get there, throws his body in the way, brings Cork down.

“Newcastle started much better, we gave away a good goal and then our response was terrific.

“We have shown a lot of character. I’d have taken that after the first half because they were the better side.

“We still looked like we were finding our feet and it was almost a new group playing, in the sense that they have not played that many games together.

“It is frustrating when you haven’t won for a while and we are having a tough run at the moment, but we’ve got 35 points on the board and we’re back up to seventh in the Premier League.

“We responded after half-time, especially after their goal.

“The last seven or eight minutes we were almost camped inside their box, so I was very pleased with the mentality.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Burnley 1


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

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  • Paul Patterson

    He’s being slightly economical with the truth but never mind . .

    • JonMag

      we still could have lost it a the death though by sitting back

      • Martin Rooney

        But we didn’t

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Burnley should have been four nil down long before the own goal, they were poor on the night. Lets hope the new striker can put them away as you cannot question the performances in the recent weeks and we deserve to be higher up the league and over the two games home and away we are more than equal to Burnley who are seventh it’s things are not going our way at the moment.

    • JonMag

      Burnley are poor, yet they are 7th with 11 points more than Newcastle,
      so where does that leave us, in the schitt mate

      • ghostrider

        But we aren’t in the cack. If we play more confidently like that we will gain much more than we lose.
        We just need to make sure we don’t just keep sitting back thinking the job’s done.

        • JonMag

          look at the table then the fixtures we have left, you mental case.
          we always sit back, see Rafa on that one

          • Cockneytrev

            He knows nothing about football, he’s just a troll,,,,he’s not even a Newcastle fan,,

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Trevor, I love your incisive comments.

      • John Sutcliffe

        Yeah burnley were poor on the night but you have to remember they had 8 first team players missing. A small squad and limited resources is always going to hit you at some stage of the season.Burnley are a fine example of what can be done,Newcastle have been poor all season.

      • Martin Rooney

        We have been the better side in both games and had a better striker been bought by Rafa in the summer or he’d used mitro we wouldn’t be where we are add in bad decisions last night and Bournemouth and we’d be on 29 points and higher up the table.
        Very fine margins in this league.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Very true, we should never have lost at Burnley and 3-4 nil would not have flattered us last night. If Gayle had been in Josulu’s position, he’d have finished those chances.

          • Jimmy_toons

            The same Gayle who could have had a hatrick against Swansea but didn’t hit the back of the net once? None of our strikers have been any good or been premier league quality this season. Hopefully Slimani will change that.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            When confident, Gayle is a very good finisher. I do take your point, he’s not on his game either.

  • ghostrider

    Very simple to sum the game up.
    Burnley deserved nothing on the face of it but if you score the same as the other team you gain a share of the spoils, so in that respect they got their point.

    They were lucky, not unlucky.
    The game would have been dead and buried if Joselu had put away the penalty and the clear cut chance he had…..but, it’s would and could and if and but. No good if they don’t go in.

    If Barnes was Mitrovic he would have been showering long before the game finished.
    Burnley were below average.
    We were well watchable in the first half and a little bit into the second half.
    Kenedy’s cramp changed the mindset of the players and for some reason we started to lose belief in ourselves going forward and chose to sit back instead….as per usual, which is a shame, because we could have put this team to bed at any point with a bit more forward effort and a bit better passing and movement.

    However, Dyche is right on one thing. they were camped in and around our box for the latter part of the game and it frustrated me because it was as though we suddenly decided to hand them massive respect that wasn’t deserved.

    • FatParosite

      They were falling down like Arsenal & even time wasting when Dyche recons they were camped in our half. Not buying it. But the Beeb highlights likely to support his version as they always do.

  • John

    Newcastle deserved to win because YET AGAIN we score from a set piece… we done nothing more than Burnley to deserve the win. They also had one harshly disallowed remember.

    • Martin Rooney

      Not harshly disallowed correctly disallowed it either was or wasn’t we did very much deserve to win this game. I watched a guy elbow Ciaran Clark get elbow by a guy who claimed he was jumping for the ball but as clark fell to te ground this guy got his hands back and caught the ball. A clear assault and red card he was then involved in the melee of the first corner that led to the one which we conceded.
      If he’s not on the pitch their goal doesn’t happen simple as that.

  • FatParosite

    Dyche needs to stop this type of thing if he wants to keep his over inflated reputation pumped up.

  • nevfur

    The penalty appeal was a bit borderline tbh but ignores the rest of the game. Barnes should have walked and the dirtiest team I have seen for a few years could have had others join him. Mitro would have loved this ref

  • Paul Smith

    I was at the game and yes they were camped inside our box going for the winner.. I’m not saying we weren’t the better team for the majority of the game. we had the majority of the better chances but from the moment we went ahead we barely got out of our half and from the time they got their equaliser it looked like if anyone was going to find a winner it was them.

    • Andy Mac

      As I’ve already said on the Chron site, its Rafa’s achilles heel. Going 1-0 up is probably the worst score for us as he invariably gets the players sitting deeper waiting to catch on the break.

      Which would be OK if we could defend but I’m not as confident in our defensive abilities as Rafa seems to be.

  • There’s only one man on the pitch responsible for us not winning the game – JOSELU. Squandered a penalty and a clear chance at goal. Nothing more to say really. Should have had this game in the bag with that penalty.

    • paul mclaughlan

      Wrong. It’s not his fault he’s rubbish. He still gets picked and plays the best to his ability. It’s Rafa’s fault for keep on playing him. Or Ashley’s for being a tightwad.

  • HarryHype59

    I think Dyche is the perfectly manager for Newcastle under Ashley. He buys well and gels mediocre players into a side capable of surviving in the top flight.

    Rafa is a very good manager when he has better players at his disposal, as his record shows. I think he isn’t getting the best out of our limited squad.