Sean Dyche makes it six out of six after Newcastle United visit – ‘Brucey wanted’ it
A satisfying afternoon’s work for Sean Dyche.
The Burnley boss watching on as his players made it six pre-season wins out of six, a comfortable win against the visiting Newcastle United side.
Steve Bruce having a lot more to think about, with a lack of attacking threat top of the list once again all too apparent. With defeats against Burnley and sixth tier York City, as well as a fortunate late 1-1 draw against League One Rotherham, only one goal in those five hours of friendly action pointing to the key problems in the squad, especially when Wilson and Saint-Maximin are absent.
Newcastle have got two wins against League One opposition (Doncaster and Burton) in pre-season but they rarely looked like adding to them against Sean Dyche and his team, the two Premier League sides playing each other just over a week ahead of the new season.
Sean Dyche pointed out after the win, just how rare it is for top tier teams to play each other pre-season: ‘The analysis on each team is so deep but it’s still one thing that doesn’t normally happen – apart from in tournaments abroad – where teams from the Premier League play each other. But Brucey wanted the game, we wanted the game and he was happy to do that.’
This was yet another game with Newcastle’s best players all absent, Dubravka and Almiron having played no part at all in pre-season so far, whilst Wilson and ASM were ruled out again through injury and illness respectively.
They were amongst eight who were missing altogether, as Manquillo, Dummett, Anderson and Darlow were also missing through injury.
Whilst Sean Dyche can sit back and look at a pre-season that appears to have come together nicely, with no signings, very mixed displays against mostly lowly opposition, plus clear problems still obvious in attack and defence, it is a very different story for Steve Bruce.
Having been comfortably beaten by one of Newcastle’s likely relegation rivals on Tuesday, NUFC face another in newly promoted Norwich at St James Park on Saturday.
I agree results aren’t all that important in pre-season friendlies but you have to hope that as well as tightening up the defence, Newcastle show at least some decent attacking threat against a Canaries team who will be expected to struggle once the real stuff kicks off.
Sean Dyche talking to the official club site:
“Fair play to Steve [Bruce] and Newcastle.
“A lot of the sides know each other now.
“The analysis on each team is so deep but it’s still one thing that doesn’t normally happen – apart from in tournaments abroad – where teams from the Premier League play each other.
“But Brucey wanted the game, we wanted the game and he was happy to do that.
“Both sides had mixtures, them slightly more than us due to their deeper squad.
“But I think everyone went about it in the right way. It was a competitive game.
“I think there was a reality to it, which is important, and it was tight – as Premier League games can be.
“Everyone so far is fit and well, which is important.
“Popey is on the way back – and there is Kevin Long and Dale Stephens missing – but generally people are fit and well.
“We are juggling the game time. We want to make sure we can get to a point where everyone has had enough football and, equally, everybody is fit and well.
“The mentality has been really good and that’s important going forwards.
“I asked today about the squad mentality because we made a few changes and I thought it was clear to see.
“Everyone’s on board and everyone is working very hard. Everyone knows what we want to do and how we want to achieve it and the way we play and I think there was a good sign of that today.
“I thought we delivered a good performance. A lot of our play was productive, so we were pleased with that, and we had a really good shape defensively, which is always important to us.”
Tuesday 3 August 2021
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Freddie Woodman (Mark Gillespie 46), Jacob Murphy (Tom Allan 46), Emil Krafth (Fabian Schär 46), Federico Fernández (c) (Jamaal Lascelles 46), Ciaran Clark (Kell Watts 55), Matt Ritchie (Jamal Lewis 46), Matty Longstaff (Jonjo Shelvey 60), Isaac Hayden (Jack Young 46), Jeff Hendrick (Sean Longstaff 46), Joe White (Ryan Fraser 46), Joelinton (Dwight Gayle 46)
0 (Behind closed doors)
Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:
Sunday 18 July – York City 1 Newcastle 0
Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town 2 Newcastle 1 (This was originally a first team fixture with some Under 23 added but it became solely a Under 23 NUFC players after Karl Darlow tested positive for Covid and first team and Under 23s had to be kept apart)
Friday 23 July – Doncaster 2 Newcastle 3
Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham 1 Newcastle 1
Friday 30 July – Burton 0 Newcastle 2
Tuesday 3 August – Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)
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