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Sean Dyche loving taking a ‘sneaky one’ as reflects on win over Newcastle United

3 weeks ago
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Steve Bruce v Sean Dyche.

A match up that in recent times has been tagged as ‘El Jurassico’ by Newcastle fans and others on social media, a meeting of two Dinosaur managers with outdated tactics / playing styles that are tough to watch.

That ‘hype’ was lived up to in a dismal first half on Wednesday night, as neither side managed an effort on target in the opening 45 minutes.

The second half still didn’t bring a single goal, though Newcastle did at least manage to make the visiting keeper produce a couple of saves. The final efforts on target tally read 3-1 to Newcastle United but penalties it was to decide it.

Sean Dyche full of praise for Wayne Hennessy, the 34 year old free transfer from Palace making his debut for Burnley.

He produced two very decent saves in normal time and the two excellent penalty saves in the shootout, enough to beat Newcastle 4-3 after Freddie Woodman had pulled off just the one spot-kick block.

Burnley had changed five of their Premier League outfield players who started at the weekend against Liverpool, whilst Steve Bruce effectively played Newcastle’s second team, Jamaal Lascelles the only NUFC outfield player who survived from the side that lost to Aston Villa.

Yet again, not exactly matching up to Steve Bruce’s pre-match boasts / promises that he would be playing a very strong team.

If Steve Bruce had only changed five of his outfield players, the same as Sean Dyche, would it now be Newcastle looking forward to a third round home tie against Rochdale?

Sean Dyche speaking after cup win at St James Park:

“It was a tight game and Wayne has made two big saves during the game.

“We are patching the side together once again, so we hope that recovers quickly.

“When you think we played Erik Pieters in three positions in one game, it is not the perfect scenario.

“But the battling qualities, the mentality was good, we kept foraging, kept trying to break them down whilst trying to defend properly.

“Overall, we came away with a sneaky one on penalties, but we will take it.

“Generally, we huffed and puffed a bit, but the desire, the mentality, the will, the basics, if you like, saw us through the 90 odd minutes and then it was a really secure situation with the penalty-takers.

“They all looked confident and obviously Wayne made two great saves.

“I thought he was excellent with his general play, his hands, getting used to the group of course as well, then two really good saves during the game – one brilliant save when he spread himself and another good save. Then two good saves in the penalty shoot-out.

“It was a really pleasing night for him and a pleasing night for us all.

“The safety of him and the control of him.

“I thought he was excellent throughout.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties) – Wednesday 25 August 7.45pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Burnley:

Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%

Total shots were Burnley 6  Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Burnley 1 Newcastle 3

Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 9

Referee: Oliver Langford

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Manquillo (Saint-Maximin 76), Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Fraser (Almiron 83), Joelinton, Gayle (Willock 76)

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Murphy

Crowd: 30,082

(Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Wednesday’s defeat on penalties – Read HERE)

(Match Report: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – ASM and Almiron fail as NUFC lose in penalty shootout – Read HERE)

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