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Season 2021-22
Burnley (h) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Saturday 4th December 2021, 3.00pm

Venue:
 St. James' Park

Conditions: Tumultuous
 


 

Newcastle

 Burnley

 

1 - 0

 

 

Teams

Goals

40 mins Jonjo Shelvey's corner kick from the North East quadrant eventually ended up at the feet of Joe Willock on the United left and his deep cross tempted Clarets 'keeper Nick Pope off his line towards the penalty spot.

Getting both hands to the ball as he jumped, Pope came back to earth having got tangled up with Fabian Schar and lost possession as a result - although the Newcastle man was entirely blameless.

Callum Wilson was instantly on the loose ball and took a touch to open up some space, quickly sizing up the target and then finding the top left hand corner of the net with a rising shot that whistled past Chris Wood on the line.

Among those celebrating inside the ground was Alan Shearer, who himself cracked home a similar effort at Stamford Bridge almost exactly 25 years ago. Where has that time gone? 1-0

Half time: Magpies 1 Clarets 0

Full time: Magpies 1 Clarets 0

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:

"
It's an amazing feeling. The supporters at the end - wow, incredible. The reception they've given us all the way through, even with some difficult results, has been exceptional. I was so pleased for the fans that we got the win we desperately needed, it gives everyone a huge lift.

"I don't think we started the game well, but I thought we got a lot better as the game went on. The last period of the game, given we haven't won for so long, was always going to be nervy, but I thought we dealt with it pretty well.

"When we went to five at the back, we looked more solid at the end of the game and the clean sheet is a massive bonus for us.

"Hopefully we can continue to foster the spirit that we've generated in a few weeks. Hopefully we can go on to good things. We needed a win; draws aren't going to keep us in this league. This will give everyone a lift.

"That feeling you get when you win is what you crave, you want I again and again. Hopefully this will give the players that inner belief that we can win. I believe when we are at our best we can compete with all teams in the Premier League and we are going to have to, because we're going to need some results against some of the big guns to achieve our aims.

"Absolutely delighted for everyone connected with the club. It was a massive game for us, and I thought the lads responded.

"After the first 20 minutes, we were great today. Very nervy towards the end, as we were desperate for the win. The players managed that part really well. The spirit in the group has shown, and the atmosphere was exceptional. I can't praise the supporters enough.

"The relationship that weíve quickly built with the supporters has been a really special one. They were absolutely magnificent for the players and I canít thank them enough. Itís an amazing feeling to get that first win for them.

"For sure we can stay up. We've come from a difficult position and there is a long road ahead, but I believe in what we are doing.

"We have tried to bring our philosophy to the team, to be front-foot and more aggressive. Confidence is key in any sport and we have lacked that, but today goes a long way to rebuilding that.

"Historically we have said you need to take points off the top teams and that will be the task in December.

"(The transfer window) will be important, but the players we have here we like and we need to maximise them first.

"The market changes so much and quickly. People are planning for that, but my sole focus is coaching the team. I love working with this group. They are hungry and want to achieve. We must be prepared to fight, but, first, we have to enjoy this moment.Ē

On the goalscorer:

"It was a delicate one this week, with three games in a week, and keeping him
(Callum Wilson) fit, but he was excellent today.

"His finish for the goal was high class. He will be vital for us. We will need him between now and the end of the season."

On Fabian Schar:

"I think Fabianís been excellent.

"Iíve been an admirer of Fabian, from afar, for a long, long time. I think heís a fantastic footballer. He fits my mould of what I want in a centre-back. Heís very composed, heís creative. And he also can defend, and the pleasing thing in the last two games has been his defensive resilience, and mentality to not want to concede.

"I think heís defended really, really well, which, of course, for every centre-back is the first port of call. I thought together with Jamaal Lascelles, he was excellent. I thought those two really did set the foundations for the victory.Ē

 

They Said

 

Sean Dyche said: 

"
At the time you think it is a possible foul but having looked at it after the game, it is a clumsy challenge but not necessarily a bad challenge. It just bounced out of (Nick) Popeís hands after he took it so well. Their player reacted quickly and it was a good finish.

"Some of the quality was really pleasing but goals change the feeling of games, not just the scoreline, and I felt it did for them. It gave them something to fight for and hang onto and changed the feel in the crowd.

"In the first half I thought we were really good. We came here and took the game on, we opened them up on occasions and created good quality moments and chances without taking them which is a question mark of our season.

"That continues to be a challenge for us, those cutting edge moments and trying to find a way in that top third. That is the challenge thatís ahead of us because generally the performance was solid and organised.

"There were some good individual performances: we obviously scored a goal which was rightly offside but it was some very good play. Right at the end Dwight
(McNeil) put in a couple of great crosses but we couldnít get on the end of it.

"It is a really frustrating one but it has been like that this season where we have never been a million miles away but are not finding the key moments."
 

Stats


Clarets @ SJP - last 10:

2021/22 Won 1-0 Wilson
2021/22
Drew 0-0 (lost 3-4 pens) LC
2020/21
won 3-1 Saint-Maximin, Wilson 2
2019/20 drew 0-0
2018/19 won 2-0 Schar, S.Longstaff
2017/18 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2014/15 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Colback, Sissoko
1982/83 won 3-0 Waddle, Varadi, Keegan
1979/80 drew 1-1 Davies
1978/79 won 3-1 Withe, Shoulder, Cassidy

Top scorer Callum Wilson now has six goals this season from 11 appearances. Last season saw him register 12 from 26 games (23 starts).

Newcastle won their first home game since defeating Sheffield United at SJP back in May, ending a run of seven without victory. That's one short of their longest previous PL run of eight, reached in both 2008/09 and 2017/18.

An elusive first PL clean sheet arrived at the fifteenth time of asking, since we kept Fulham out at Craven Cottage in the final game of last season.

In terms of home PL shutouts, today was the first in eight attempts, since that 1-0 win over Sheffield United in May - which was one of just two at SJP last season, the other a 0-0 against Liverpool in December 2020. That works out at just three in 30 attempts.

We're actually a point better off after eight home games than we were in 2018/19, when six defeats and two victories gave us six. This time round, three losses, a quartet of draws and today's success leave us with seven.

Eddie Howe took maximum points as Magpies boss for the first time at the fourth time of asking. His predecessor Steve Bruce did it in three games (1-0 at Spurs) while Rafa Benitez took five (3-0 at home to Swansea).
 

Waffle

 

 

At the 15th time of asking and a mere 195 days after they last collected maximum points, Newcastle finally ended their winless run on Saturday - to the unbridled delight of those present at Gallowgate.

The home hero was Callum Wilson, who coolly collected a loose ball in the box before firing high into the unguarded Leazes goal on 40 minutes - spurious claims that Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope had been impeded when losing possession rightly disproved by VAR.

Until that point the game had been fairly equal; a 13th minute shot from Johann Berg Gudmundsson deflected onto the goal frame and Wilson almost steering home ASM's neat drink on 29 minutes. 

Perhaps crucially, the visitors lost striker Maxwell Cornet on the half hour; depriving them of their top scorer and us of any ice-cream related puns. Whether he'd have done better than replacement Matej Vydra when given sight of goal is open to conjecture, but he could hardly have done worse.

Momentum continued to build in Newcastle's favour as the second half wore on; Miguel Almiron twice coming close to ending a personal goal drought now standing at 26 PL games (one less than it took him to get off the mark here)

The hosts also tried to play Burnley at their own game, forcing a series of corner kicks. And Shelvey got in on the act, capping a disciplined display by forcing Pope into conceding yet another flag kick.

1-0 up and with the finishing line in sight as it was against Norwich on Tuesday, the visitors looked to have claimed a point on 81 minutes when a rare outbreak of flowing football ended with substitute Jay Rodriquez firing home - only to be correctly ruled offside to almost audible relief.

The eruption of emotion at full time was truly memorable; fans remaining in situ to salute the players who had finally taken a lead and retained it. Anyone walking into St.James' Park at that point would assume that the celebrations were in honour of a team having qualified for a cup final rather than fighting for Premier League survival. Incredible.

And in the middle of the lap of honour was a delighted Eddie Howe
, having  got his Magpies career off to a winning start against one of his old clubs. The collective relief was tangible on and off the pitch; the appreciation for Howe managing to get a tune out of this group of players very evident. Joelinton again looked like an asset rather than a liability, while Jamal Lewis repaid the faith invested in him by retaining his place with an encouraging display.

Heading away from the ground, the noise produced from those inside was still clearly audible on Westgate Road. Comparisons between Wilson's winner and David Kelly's goal here against Portsmouth in 1992 are valid, not just in the three points gained but the collective shot in the arm that it gave. And then as now, the next fixture is away to Leicester City. Best stop off the pitch this time eh...?

Whatever else happens in the coming weeks and months, the relief at this result should be celebrated by owners, coaches, players and fans alike. Lord knows, some potentially terrifying games will be here soon enough.

It's not just this season though; SJP hasn't witnessed similar scenes since Isaac Hayden's winner against Chelsea in January 2020 - a lifetime ago. And we're accused of having unrealistic expectations?

Whether the barrier was mental or physical is of less consequence than the fact that it's now finally consigned to the dustbin of history. Despite the seemingly endless blows suffered, a genuine collective spirit remains here; it was good to be reminded of that today.

The ongoing frustration of the opening months of this season was our failure to beat thoroughly ordinary sides like Watford, Wolves, Brighton and Norwich. Burnley were equally shabby, but for once we managed to ensure that they left empty-handed. Something changed. 

That's not to say that everything has magically gone right round here - just that there was less wrong by nightfall than there had been at daybreak. God knows we've waited long enough for signs of life.
 


Game of winners - post match scenes (Howe centre back)

 


Biffa


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