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Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players

3 months ago
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We asked Michael Bennett to give us his match ratings after Burnley 1 Newcastle 0.

Burnley scoring the winner after 58 minutes from a disputed corner kick.

What wasn’t in dispute was the poor quality of this game and Steve Bruce’s negative tactics, United not having a single effort on target.

Michael Bennett gives us his NUFC player ratings and comments.

Dubravka – 6

Some excellent saves but couple of  shaky moments.

At fault for the goal as lost flight of the ball and it was headed in from only a yard out.

Manquillo – 6

Probably the pick of a bad bunch in terms of outfield players certainly.

Did ok defensively and put a lot of running in to try and support the team going forward, lack of help from others.

Schar – 5

Also at fault for the goal.

Chris Wood simply stronger and determined  to get on the end of the corner.

Taking time to settle back in as he was also at fault for Southampton goal on Sunday.

Fernandez – 6

The pick of the three centre-backs.

Battled well in the air and didn’t really do a lot wrong.

Unlucky to give away the corner for the goal but 99 times in 100 the free-kick would have been given.

Dummett – 5

Gave it his all as usual but not a great game.

Not great distribution from the back.

Willems – 4

Had a shocker against Southampton and repeated that here.

Maybe could do with a spell out of the firing line.

Poor in defence and nothing going forward.

Sean Longstaff – 4

Another one struggling coming back into the side.

No real positive influence on the game and weak play saw him lose the ball to Jack Cork close to Newcastle’s box and lucky that Dubravka saved when one on one.

Set-piece delivery was particularly poor.

Hayden – 5

Tried his best to get around the middle of the pitch but Burnley had the upper hand.

Put in a great cross that Andy Carroll should have at least put his header on target.

Atsu – 4

Flatter to deceive when coming on as a sub at times, making you think he deserves a chance.

Today was proof that he is no first teamer.

Anonymous and no influence going forward, not good enough.

Joelinton – 5

Instead of struggling through the middle, he was struggling wide left today.

Not really sure what the plan was today from Steve Bruce and neither did Joelinton seem to know.

As the game became a little chaotic late on, the Brazilian turned up wide right and after barging the defender out of the way his low right wing cross was perfect for Gayle who somehow missed from six yards.

Carroll – 5

Gave Newcastle very little up front.

An excellent Hayden cross early on should have been put away but Carroll somehow headed yards wide.

Let himself down, especially when captain, as his anger at the corner decision that led to the goal saw him elbow Mee in the face. Should have been red carded and got lucky.

Subs :

Gayle – 4

Looked lively but missed Newcastle’s best chance of the game after coming on.

Muto – 4

Don’t really remember him touching the ball.

Krafth – N/A (Not on long enough)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 14 December 3pm

Goals:

Burnley:

Wood 58

(Half-time stats are in brackets)

Possession was Burnley 48% (54%), Newcastle 52% (46%)

Total shots were Burnley 7 (4), Newcastle 9 (4)

Shots on target were Burnley 4 (2), Newcastle 0 (0)

Corners were Burnley 4 (3), Newcastle 3 (1)

Crowd: 19,798 (2,450 NUFC)

Referee: Tim Robinson

Newcastle team v Burnley:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Willems (Gayle 70), Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Atsu (Muto 79), Joelinton, Carroll

Unused Subs

Elliot, Lejeune, Yedlin, Krafth, Matty Longstaff

(It’s embarrassing as Steve Bruce blames referee for defeat at Burnley instead of holding his hands up – Read HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Watch the official match highlights and goal HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – With such negative tactics and not a single shot on target it’s what you deserve – Read HERE)

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