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Sky Sports pundit bemoans luck at being forced to watch full 90 minutes of Burnley 1 Newcastle 0

10 months ago

Sky Sports handed Matt Le Tissier the short straw.

The Southampton legend forced to sit through the Burnley v Newcastle game.

Reporting on what he had seen after watching the whole 90 minutes, the Sky Sports pundit was scathing.

Matt Le Tissier stating: ‘It wasn’t a classic…Wasn’t a huge amount of great football played in this game. Newcastle failed to register a shot on target the entire game.’

The one positive performance he did see, was from the referee.

Steve Bruce refused to accept responsibility for the shocking performance and result after the game, trying to blame referee Tim Robinson because it was his first ever Premier League match but Matt Le Tissier shot that claim down: ‘I watched the entire game and never thought once that this is somebody refereeing their first Premier League game.’

The man from Sky Sports correctly laid most of the blame for the goal on Martin Dubravka and felt Andy Carroll was very luck not to be sent off.

Matt Le Tissier said he had felt optimistic when seeing the line-ups, thinking that Steve Bruce was going to have ‘a real go’ and play Joelinton and Carroll both up front. However, he was disappointed to see the reality, the usual ultra-negative tactic from Steve Bruce and the Brzilian playing in a withdrawn role on the left.

Matt Le Tissier after handed the job by Sky Sports of watching entire Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 match:

“It wasn’t a classic…

“Wasn’t a huge amount of great football played in this game.

“Newcastle failed to register a shot on target the entire game.

“Burnley had  few more attempts but Dubravka only had to make one really good save from Jack Cork.

“He (Dubravka) was probably also at fault for the goal. The inswinging corner he has totally misjudged and it has gone over his head, Wood with the simplest of headers at back post.”

Jeff Stelling:

“Looking at the line ups, Carroll and Joelinton up front, thought it might be tough day for the Burnley defenders?”

Matt Le Tissier:

“It didn’t play like that though, Joelinton played out on the left wing.

“Yeah that surprised me, I thought they were going to go 4-4-2 and have a real go.

“He (Joelinton) did create the best chance of the game for Newcastle, Gayle with a toe poke just wide of the post.

“Andy Carroll had one chance the whole game, a header early on which he will have been disappointed with, probably score that most of the time.

“He (Carroll) was very fortunate to stay on the pitch, an elbow straight into the face of Ben Mee. 

“He knows where the defender is and he catches him flush with the elbow. I thought he was a bit fortunate with the yellow.

“On the whole the referee did ok, a bit lenient on that occasion.

“I watched the entire game and never thought once that this is somebody refereeing their first Premier League game.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 14 December 3pm



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)

(Alan Shearer says Steve Bruce can’t be blaming the referee after very ‘poor’ Newcastle United display – 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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