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Former Sunderland star loved his battle against Andy Carroll and beating Newcastle United

10 months ago
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Phil Bardsley was at Sunderland for six years and was often an irritant around the derby matches.

He turns 35 in June when his contract is due to end but he put a shift in on Saturday, as Newcastle’s daft tactics played right into Burnley’s hands.

Instead of going on the attack and trying to beat the Clarets by playing football, Steve Bruce deployed the usual negative tactics and the main/only attacking idea was belting the ball up aimlessly to Andy Carroll.

No surprise that Newcastle didn’t have a single effort on target (for the third time this season), never mind score a goal.

A physical battle is ideal for Burnley and Phil Bardsley loved both that and beating Newcastle United: ‘I’ve played against big Andy for years and I knew from waking up Monday morning it was going to be like that. So tough, physical game, enjoyable, clean sheet, great win, what a weekend.’

Interestingly, I came across this from 31 July this year, Newcastle had been linked with Allan Saint-Maximin for some time and he had been left out of friendlies by Nice as a move appeared imminent. However, he then surprisingly played against Burnley on 30 July and I wrote this the next day (ASM signed for NUFC three days later)…

‘Indeed, also interesting  to see what the official Burnley match report had to say about our winger target:

‘At the other end, flying winger Allan Saint-Maximin saw plenty of the ball without ever being able to get the better of Bardsley.’

Allan Saint-Maximin does look to have talent but this is a reminder that any new signing will likely need to time to get up to speed in the Premier League and shows the folly of not making any real effort to sign players and give them a pre-season at Newcastle. A bit of a worry as well that he struggled to get any joy against 34 year old plodder Phil Bardsley.’

Having now seen what ASM is capable of, it would have been very interesting to see him up against 34 year old Phil Bardsley on Saturday. it certainly couldn’t have been any worse that what we did end up watching, that’s for sure.

Phil Bardsley speaking to Lancs Live:

“It’s great isn’t it, that is what we’re in it for.

“It’s still a contact sport, as we all know.

“People love a good old-school challenge and there were certainly a few of them today.

“We all got up and dusted ourselves down and got on with it.

“Big Andy (Carroll) did me in the first few minutes, I have still got whiplash from that one, but it’s what we do.

“We get bumps and bruises but get back up and win football matches.

“I didn’t need that first whack to know what it was going to be like.

“I’ve played against big Andy for years and I knew from waking up Monday morning it was going to be like that.

“So tough, physical game, enjoyable, clean sheet, great win, what a weekend.

“We played with a bit more fire in our bellies. There was a bit more belief. You lose a few games and a bit of confidence goes out of the boys, and you could see that. But not today.

“Every player out there was fantastic.

“Newcastle are a tough, physical team and they’ve got some skilful players as well, but we fancy our chances against anybody at home, and we showed that today.

“We know how tight the league is from the bottom three up to seventh or eighth.

“One win like this can put you back in the top half, and it looks a lot better up there.

“We have had a tough time of it in these last three games, but we put in a strong, workmanlike performance here, and we are delighted with the three points.”

“Credit to everyone who came to support us.

“The spectators are sat there freezing during the warm-up, and even travelling to the game it would have been easy to think: ‘No thanks, I’m turning back’. But they turn up in their thousands, and cheer us on.

“When we were going through a difficult spell in the first half for 10-15 minutes they were right behind us.

“In the end it was a great group performance today.”

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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