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Burnley fans comments before and after losing 2-0 to Newcastle United

2 months ago
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There weren’t that many of them there to see it but the Burnley fans inside St James Park saw their team lose in the Premier League for the first time since Boxing Day.

Beating Tottenham 2-1 at the weekend, they found Newcastle a tougher nut to track.

In the space of two games 72 hours apart, NUFC have now managed two doubles this season, beating Huddersfield and Burnley, both home and away.

Interesting reaction from Burnley fans after the game.

A surprisingly high level of anger from some about the shortcomings of both their manager and team, considering five wins and three draws in their previous eight PL games.

Not a great deal of praise for Newcastle United either, well apart from one NUFC man who has plenty praise heaped on him.

Many Burnley fans crediting Rafa Benitez as the core reason for the final result.

Burnley fans comment via their Up The Clarets message board:

PRE-MATCH:

‘Newcastle look good going forward, but not great at the back. I would be happy with a 0-0 draw, but you never know.’

‘You talking about the team with the joint 5th best defence in the prem? We on the other hand are the 5th worse for goals conceded!’

‘I would love it if we beat them.’

‘Watched Newcastle the other day and the new signing looks a handful.

I think unfortunately after Sat it will after the Lord Mayors show, 3-1 defeat.’

‘Four of us going, including my nine year old grandson who was born within sight of Newcastle’s ground and still lives up there.

I converted him to the cause, much to his dad’s horror.

All of us Clarets will be wanting at least a point from the game but think of the little lad going to his school the next day if we have been beaten.

If that happens I will tell him that it will be character building.’

POST-MATCH:

‘Do you think Newcastle will even bother washing their kit?

Geordies must be wondering how on earth we have any points at all this season because we’ve been appalling in both games against them.’

‘Midfield shocking tonight.’

‘What midfield? We don’t have one.

Shows how much we have relied on Westwood, without him we are as bad as we were in the first half of the season.

People have said the change in goalkeeper has been the big difference of late, but tonight has shown us the most influential player we have is Westwood and it’s been his upturn in form that has been so key. Really hope he is better for the weekend, if not we will struggle again.’

‘Knew we would get beat before it kicked off.’

‘Missed Westwood massively. Gladly its just an illness so he should be back for Saturday.’

‘They outnumbered us, Rafa did his homework and did it well.’

‘This is exactly what I said. Out managed Dyche at the Turf and again tonight.’

‘Spot on..

We haven’t suddenly gone poor again…this is why Rafa is so important for to Newcastle…and we missed Westwood massively.’

‘Rafa beat Dyche (second time this season).

Newcastle stretched the play and then got more bodies into central midfield and the space created be it Perez and Almiron movement or either centre back stepping in.

We were left pumping balls up they could deal with. We had no response, composure or intelligence to adapt and in truth were easily beaten.’

‘We didn’t play well but no need to overreact.

In truth Newcastle scored with a worldy, got a second when we switched off badly but otherwise didn’t create much more than we did.

Anything they did create was really on the counter attack as we tried – unsuccessfully- to create.

It was a pretty even game at 0-0 and in fairness, chasing games is not our strong point at the best of times.

Plus Benitez did a job on us tactically (3 centre halves has neutralised Barnes and Wood more than once, whilst Newcastle’s midfield shape meant we were outnumbered and couldn’t get a platform to exploit our numerical advantage out wide)’

‘Just checked the table and was surprised to see that the team of this tactical genius Benitez have just gone above us courtesy of tonight’s result.’

‘We resorted to hoofball against a poor Newcastle team, which out-thought us and outfought us. Rafa got it right, we didn’t.’

‘Rafa beat us with superior tactics, it’s not really fair to blame the players. They looked lost to me.’

‘Seem to recall reading a thread on here the other week with plenty of people claiming Dyche was a better manager than Benitez. Think those people conveniently forgot that Rafa has managed the likes of Liverpool, Inter and Real, a level Dyche can only dream of unfortunately.’

‘Look at Benítez’s record pre Valencia. Dyche’s in a similar period of time in management stacks up better. I’m not saying Dyche will get the opportunity to go on and manage the teams Benítez has, but to be fair you’re not comparing apples with apples.’

‘Benitez is one of those managers who has made a career out of being brilliant at analysing the opposition and neutralising them.’

‘The one thing that’s a bit puzzling about Newcastle & indeed Palace is that they’ve clearly got some good players, got very good results this season, yet like us, are still around the relegation places.’

‘No complaints. Rafa had us sussed. Played two wing backs who had acres of space and time all the first half. And they took the chances.

Could we have done better with the goals? Yes. Did we miss Westwood? Massively.

But its a reality check and a lot of work yet to do.

Some massive overreactions in the stand tonight. Keep the faith.’

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