Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – With such negative tactics and not a single shot on target it’s what you deserve
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 14 December 2019 3pm
It was a shocker of a first-half at Turf Moor.
Two teams that cancelled each other out for the first forty five minutes.
That is, two really poor teams cancelling each other out.
Today was what happens when Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United play another Newcastle United.
The usual negative formation and tactics from Bruce, pretty much matched like for like by Sean Dyche.
Literally nothing happened in the first 45 minutes apart from the ball hit long from one end to the other, from one team to the other.
Burnley desperate to not lose after three defeats in a row and conceding 11 goals, whilst it was just the usual from Steve Bruce, even though his team having picked up four wins and a draw from the last six games.
Andy Carroll having a chance early on and McNeil having a shot saved Dubravka and that was pretty much that before the break.
The half-time stats showing three corners for Burnley and two efforts on target, whilst it was a feeble one corner and not a single effort on target for Newcastle. That very much telling the story of the first half.
The second-half started in very similar fashion as supporters of both teams for an outbreak of football to come along.
The one bit of excitement early in the second half was when a long ball was whipped in from around 50 yards and bounced behind the Newcastle defence and then over Dubravka’s head! Luckily it landed the right side of the post (for NUFC).
The 57th minute saw Fernandez shepherding the ball out of play and appearing to be fouled as he fell on the ball as it was crossing the line.
Newcastle unhappy as a corner and not a foul was given.
Then furious as the corner ended up in the back of the net.
The corner whipped in and Wood heading it in unopposed at the back post.
Not a great effort by Schar who was supposed to be picking him up and a rare terrible moment for Dubravka, totally not picking up the flight of the ball and United paying once again for not having anybody on the post.
A minute later and it could have been even worse for Newcastle, as Andy Carroll appeared to deliberately elbow Ben Mee in the face. Luckily picking up a yellow not a red.
Carroll was really poor to be honest and as for hoping for better from Joelinton moved out wide left, he was even worse than normal. Not of course helped by the usual ultra-negative Steve Bruce tactics.
On 66 minutes Martin Dubravka partly redeemed himself. Sean Longstaff caught badly in possession and Jack Cork raced in towards goal as the NUFC defence was outnumbered, the Newcastle keeper with an excellent save with his legs in a one on one with Cork.
Today was a big reminder of to what degree how much Almiron and Saint-Maximin have rescued Newcastle from these desperate negative Bruce tactics this season.
On a bitterly cold day, a sold out away end were sold way short.
Plenty of effort but next to no football or chances as the luck ran out playing in such a limited way as Steve Bruce has been laying the team out all season.
The best chance of all fell to Dwight Gayle only seconds after coming on. Carroll put a ball way wide on the right for Joelinton and his shoulder charge saw the defender knocked out of the way, as Burnley looked for a foul the Brazilian put an excellent low ball in and Gayle somehow put it wide with his left foot from six yards out.
Fair to say as well that none of the players that came in did themselves any favours, as Longstaff, Schar, Carroll and Atsu were all poor on the day.
Have to say as well that Sean Longstaff needs to lift the quality of his set-piece delivery, Andy Carroll showing his anger at one particularly bad corner.
Plenty of commitment as usual from Newcastle but negative tactics and poor quality letting NUFC down today.
The game ending with nobody entirely sure what formation Steve Bruce supposedly had on the pitch.
With such negative tactics and Newcastle not having a single shot on target, when that happens you can hardly claim you deserved anything from any match.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 14 December 3pm
(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
Elliot, Lejeune, Yedlin, Krafth, Matty Longstaff
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