Matt Ritchie produces miss of the season but Newcastle end Monday night misery with Burnley win

Matt Ritchie produces miss of the season but Newcastle end Monday night misery with Burnley win

Ciaran Clark allows Newcastle to enjoy their Monday night out in Burnley

Had Matt Ritchie not come up with a candidate for miss of the season in the second half, the visitors win would have been even more emphatic. Newcastle have now taken nine points from their past three games to leave Burnley looking over their shoulder at signs of improvement in the sides below them. The Clarets need to stop leaking goals before they can form any mid-table designs of their own. We are giving away too many soft goals, we know that, Sean Dyche said. But at the same time we could do with a scratch of luck.

Read more After a half-hour delay due to the referees assessor needing medical attention in the tunnel, Newcastle had the brightest of starts. Upfield for an early corner, Federico Fernández tried his luck with a shot when the chance came his way, and Ben Mees attempt to get in the way only succeeded in sending the ball beyond Joe Harts reach. It was a debatable own goal because the initial attempt may have been on target, but the goalkeeper probably had the shot covered before the Burnley captains intervention.

It said: Kick off at tonights game will be delayed by 30 minutes, due to a medical emergency in the players tunnel. Neither team or their staff are affected. The person involved has been taken to hospital in a conscious state. 

Video: Sam Vokes scores long-range header for Burnley v. Newcastle | Premier League | NBC Sports

Chris Wood had the best couple of chances as Burnley attempted to draw level. He could not keep his shot down from the first one, failing to properly get hold of a raking ball from Matt Lowton that reached him at the far post, though he did much better from a lot further out with his next effort, producing a 30-yard shot that almost caught Martin Dubravka by surprise.

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Just as Burnley were enjoying more of the game, however, Newcastle delighted their vociferous support by scoring again. Goals have not been plentiful for Newcastle this season, and even the most rabid supporters would have been expecting a Rafa Benítez side to sit on an early lead, at least until half-time, but midway through the first half the visitors again took advantage of hesitant defending at a corner.

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Facebook Twitter Pinterest Matt Ritchie sidefoots the ball wide with the goal at his mercy in the second half. Photograph: Jon Super/Rex/Shutterstock Ritchie played a one-two with Ki Sung-yueng before sending over a cross from the right that Ciaran Clark reached ahead of Mee to glance a header into Harts bottom-right corner. Both captains were therefore on the scoresheet before the half-hour stage, unfortunately for Mee and Burnley both in the same net.

“His demand for the side is excellent, his work ethic is excellent, his quality that I see is there and I think there is more from him to release,” said the Burnley boss, ahead of tonight’s visit of Newcastle United.

Defensive solidarity used to be a plank of Burnleys survival platform, they would not allow opponents many scoring opportunities and worked on being well-drilled at dead-ball situations. This season they have been conceding goals at a rate of slightly more than two per game, and without making Newcastle work particularly hard put themselves at the same disadvantage with barely a quarter of the match gone.

The 31-year-old arrived at Turf Moor last January from Everton, where he had needed time-out to receive treatment for a stress-related illness.

It says something for Burnleys spirit that they did not give up trying at the other end. Mee made some amends for his earlier errors with the diagonal ball from halfway that allowed Sam Vokes to pull a goal back, though most of the credit should go to the striker for a masterful header from the edge of the area. It takes power and accuracy to score an aerial goal from that far out, but spotting that Dubravka was standing a few yards off his line Vokes directed his effort upwards and over him.

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Referees assessor Eddie Wolstenholme collapsed in the tunnel before Burnleys Premier League game with Newcastle, leading kick-off to be delayed by 30 minutes.

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Dec 2012:  Fulham a L2-1Aug 2013: Man City a L4-0Sep 2013:  Everton a L3-2Apr 2014: Arsenal a L3-0Sep 2014: Stoke a L1-0Apr 2015:  Liverpool a L2-0Sep 2015:  West Ham a L2-0Mar 2016: Leicester a L1-0Oct 2017: Burnley a L1-0Apr 2018: Everton a L1-0Nov 2018:  Burnley a W2-1

He refereed the “Battle of Bramall Lane” in 2002, when Sheffield United-West Brom was abandoned as the hosts had only six players left on the pitch.

Thank you for your feedback. The keeper was in action again, beating away a fierce shot from Wood in the closing seconds of the half. Burnley had made a terrible start, though by half-time they were the side looking most likely to score next.

For all that, the home side were allowed a scarcely believable reprieve at the start of the second half, when Ritchie managed to miss an open goal from a distance best measured in inches. DeAndre Yedlin made such inroads into the area after catching Robbie Brady napping he almost scored himself, but Hart managed to get a boot in the way and the ball rolled across the face of goal. Arriving at speed from the left Ritchie seemed certain to score, yet although a tap-in was all that was required he shot into the side-netting.

After the 2-1 win at Burnley on Monday Night Football, Benitez preferred to focus on the clubs future and look towards Newcastles crucial festive calendar after a difficult start to the season.

Video: Newcastles massive deflection gives way to 1-0 lead vs. Burnley | Premier League | NBC Sports

Read more Newcastle spurned another opportunity to make the game safe 10 minutes from time, when Joselu ghosted behind the defence to reach Ayoze Pérezs inspired pass, only to crash his shot against an upright.

Vokes and Wood went close for Burnley before the end, but with a little more composure in front of goal Newcastle could have been looking at a handsome Monday night victory. I didnt see what happened with the Ritchie miss, I still need to see the replay, but we could laugh about it at the end, Benítez said. It was a pity we could not get a third goal but we took three points from a good side. We are a lot happier about our situation now we are winning again.

Fast forward to the present and Burnley are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone, 13 points worse off than at the same stage last season, having conceded 16 goals more. No Premier League team has suffered a worse drop-off in that time.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche knows “questions will be asked” after a 2-1 home defeat by Newcastle continued his sides poor start to the season.

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Burnley were seventh in the Premier League and a couple of weeks away from a leap into the top four which had boss Sean Dyche declaring himself the “proudest man in Proudsville”.

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Burnley, who have lost four of their six league games at Turf Moor, are a point above the bottom three in 17th.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, ex-England international Danny Mills asked if Dyche would start to come under pressure from Clarets fans.

Do you mean by the end of December? It could be either of those by the end of Jan but lets hope not. If its 15-17 by Christmas, that puts us level with last season – but it did require an excellent run to stay up in the end. Ok we might only need 34 rather than the 44 points we got last season but even that will be tough if were on 15-17 points, with that frightening run of fixtures to come. Maybe Ive answered my own question, as those fixtures in the article suggest the end of Jan points total is likely to be similar to the end of Dec total.

“The mentality is intact. Theres no lack of character – you dont get to where weve got to without character.”

Tonight kind of sums it up because a victory would suddenly open up a definite if small (four points) gap above the relegation zone (and with a significantly better goal difference compared to all of the other relegation strugglers). A defeat would ensure Newcastle stay right in the thick of it, whilst a draw would see NUFC inching a little further towards safety.

Burnleys seventh-placed finish last season, which led to Europa League qualification, was built on defensive resilience as they conceded only 39 goals in the whole league campaign.

Haha yes, I wondered if thats what you meant – after Id already sent the reply. In that case I now think you are an optimist! Actually I think youre spot on with the two scenarios. As for the transfer window, I expect the usual shambles, with any signings arriving far too late, on loan, unfit, injured etc.

But Newcastles win at Turf Moor on Monday means Dyches side have already leaked 27 goals in just 13 games. It took until 31 March for them to let in that many in 2017-18.

Simply select which of the players below you thought played better than the other, and we’ll go winner-stays-on to the end.

Video: Ciaran Clarks glancing header doubles Newcastles lead vs. Burnley | Premier League | NBC Sports

Former Leeds defender Mills, who commentated on Mondays game for BBC Radio 5 live, wondered whether Burnley fans would start to lose patience with Dyche if results do not improve.

“You have to start to think Burnley are in trouble,” Mills said. “Thats why I pose the question to Burnley fans: at what point, if ever, does Sean Dyche come under pressure?

We want to know who you thought were Newcastle’s best players on the night, so we’ve set up a Duel.

“Im a massive fan of Sean and let me be clear, I dont think he should be under pressure. Hes worked wonders at this club and theyve punched above their weight for so long.

Burnley have not won in six matches but Dyche said he saw some positive signs in their defeat by Newcastle.

“There is a process at the moment with the team getting stronger,” he said. “That takes work, mental toughness – which we have – and resilience.

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“Rarely have we been a fancied team – weve had to fight for everything weve got so far and well continue to do that.

“I think there was some good stuff tonight but inevitably – and Im never naive enough to think otherwise – youve got get results.”

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