Joselu missed a penalty - saved)
Half time: Magpies 0 Clarets 0
Kenedy won a corner which he
flighted to the near post from the North East Corner for Jamaal Lascelles to rise and head
firmly into the corner of
the Leazes End net.
were awarded a corner despite the ball appearing to have been headed over for a
goal kick. Substitute Sam Vokes got
his head to Jack Cork's flag kick and Darlow tipped the ball onto the bar, only for it to hit him on the
way down and bounce into the Gallowgate goal.
Full time: Magpies 1 Clarets 1
"I think we created
enough for winning the game and this kind of game, when you have two or three
chances from the penalty and we hit the post, you have to take your chances
and then you will not be defending fouls and corners and all these things. We
have to keep going.
"The positives are that we created a
lot of chances and we were capable to win the game and just take the
"It's not that you're not doing well, that you don't create and you are
suffering, we were doing well but we have to be better, we have to manage the
just because we were winning and we wanted to win, you have some tension at
the end, that's because they're kicking the ball, free-kicks and corners, air
putting the ball there in the box and it was a fight which was difficult as
you never know the outcome.
"I think we have
seen some games where we deserved to win and we couldn't do it.
"The reality is that weíre creating
enough chances to win games, but weíre not defending in the way we have to
defend if we want to be sure we can win games at home.
"Itís a pity. Itís a lack of experience at times. Weíre in the
second part of the league, so we have to learn quicker and donít make these
mistakes in defence and take our chances when we have chances.
"We had enough chances to win the game. Thatís it.Ē
"Kenedy has to improve his match
fitness, but in terms of the quality he has Ė good deliveries and good
passes Ė heís giving us something, and hopefully he will give us more.
On the spot kick miss:
"Itís a pity, because donít have too many penalties. When we had to
decide, itís normally Ritchie. Ritchie was not there, and
Joselu was second.
"He has not practiced too much, because we didnít have penalties all
season. It wasnít a good penalty, but we have to carry on."
"Newcastle started much better, we gave away a good goal and then our
response was terrific.
"We've shown a lot of character. I'd have taken that after the first half
because they were the better side. We still looked like we were finding our feet
and it was almost a new group playing tonight, in the sense that they haven't
played that many games together.
"We weren't making the connections you need, but that got better in the second
half and, in the end, we were the side going for the win.
"It's frustrating when you haven't won for a while and we are having a tough run
at the moment, but we've got 35 points on the board and we're back up to seventh
in the Premier League."
now failed to win any of their last
home PL games
since beating Crystal Palace
here in October -
equaling their worst ever PL sequence in a season, set between December
2008 and April 2009.
Their longest winless sequence in the Premier League remains nine
games between February and September 1999 - the closing six of the
1998/99 season and the opening three of 1999/00.
Newcastle's worst ever run of home league form in a
season was 11 in the old First Division set in April 1978 - defeat in
their opening home game of 1978/79 then extending that to 12 games.
The Magpies once again
failed to follow up an FA Cup elimination by winning in the league, something
they haven't now managed since 2012.
Jamaal Lascelles scored his third
Premier League goal of the season, like the other two a header from a corner.
Newcastle were awarded their first penalty kick of the Premier
League season - and a fat lot of good it did them. None of second-choice
penalty taker Joselu's 36 senior
competitive career goals have come from the penalty spot.
The Spaniard became the first
Magpie to miss a penalty in the Premier League since Loic Remy against Stoke
City at SJP in December 2013.
Karl Darlow registered an OG, the first
Newcastle goalkeeper to do so in the Premier League since Shay Given
was credited with Everton's second goal at SJP in October 2007.
following a loan move from Chelsea, becoming the 221st player to appear
for United in the Premier League. Following on from Mirandinha, Fumaca and
Cacapa, he's the fourth Brazilian-born player to represent the club and the
third in the Premier League.
Clarets @ SJP - last
2017/18 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2014/15 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Colback,
1982/83 won 3-0 Waddle, Varadi, Keegan
1979/80 drew 1-1 Davies
1978/79 won 3-1 Withe, Shoulder, Cassidy
1975/76 lost 0-1
1974/75 won 3-0 Maconald 2, Barrowclough
1973/74 lost 1-2 Macdonald
1973/74 won 2-1 Macdonald, Moncur (TC)
1970/71 won 3-1 Ford, Robson, Moncur
closing of the transfer window coincided with midweek Premier League fixtures
and for once on Tyneside, there was almost as much as activity off the field as on it -
albeit all of a temporary nature.
By the end of the night two new faces had arrived and no less than six players
had left, including Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jack Colback. Like Brigadoon, we
were fleetingly open for business.
Further attention also fell on SJP as a result of a banner unfurled before
kick-off. But while the fan group may be club-sanctioned, the message
certainly wasn't and will quickly have reached the intended target wherever he
was - he certainly wasn't present to see it himself.
News that Mitrovic's move to Anderlecht was off was interpreted by some as a
problem with Islam Slimani's medical, but our immediate cynical reaction was
that the owner had pulled the plug in retaliation for the coded two fingers
from the Gallowgate End. Rule nothing out round here.
In the event the striking departure and arrival was successfully concluded,
although news that the incomer was carrying an injury and could miss the next
couple of games was hardly welcome.
Events on the pitch were to underline the need for Slimani - and goalkeeper
Martin Dubravka - as another night of pure frustration saw Newcastle unable to hang
onto a lead and fail to end a winless home run now stretching to a
scarcely believable eight games.
A poor Burnley side were there for the taking, but Rafa Benitez will be
haunted by the manner in which his side spurned scoring chances - most notably
a first penalty award of the season - before a bad refereeing call for a corner led to
luckless custodian Karl Darlow registering an own goal.
Joselu was guilty of a disgraceful spot-kick miss in the 34th minute and
when the same player was unable to finish off a great breakaway that would
have made it 2-0 to United, it was almost a dead cert that we'd be made to pay
for our profligacy.
The penalty was won by debutant Kenedy and it was his 65th minute corner that was met by a magnificent
leap from captain Lascelles, capping a excellent evening's work for the
Kenedy also hit the post during the first half with a superb curled effort that really should have
been tucked away by Christian Atsu who scuffed the rebound straight to the
grounded Nick Pope with the goal gaping - a miss every bit as pathetic as
Joselu's from 12 yards.
The misfiring Atsu also hit a shot straight at Pope when well-placed as
certain to take the lead in a one-sided opening half hour.
Joselu's penalty followed a foul on Kenedy after a smart turn but his weak
low effort was easily saved with Joselu chastising himself with some punches
to his own head. We know how he felt.
United looked less potent after the break until Kenedy's corner set up
Lascelles to break the deadlock and with Mo Diame posting an encouraging
performance, hopes were high of extending Burnley's run of poor form.
The Clarets had seemed intent on bludgeoning their way to success, striker
Ashley Barnes clearly pushing Lascelles before seeing his first half effort
disallowed and involved in a series of dubious challenges that belatedly led
to a booking - and more visible and audible dissent that the rookie referee
chose to ignore.
The introduction of new signing Aaron Lennon down the left added another
dimension to their play and a switch to 4-4-2 saw Burnley begin to bombard the
Winning a corner that appeared to have
been headed over for a goal kick,
But rotund rookie referee, Simon Hooper, awarded another corner and Vokes got
his head to it as Darlow tipped the ball onto the bar but it hit him on the
way down and bounced into the Gallowgate goal.
That knocked the stuffing out of the Magpies and rather than attempting to
rouse themselves into scoring a late winner, they looked in more danger of
ending up pointless as Burnley abandoned their time-wasting tactics and
several home players looked decidedly uncomfortable.
It stayed 1-1 though, full time at a deflated SJP confirming yet more
home points tossed away and provoked some mild booing, even if results
elsewhere saw United move up a place to fourteenth.
While there's a small element of comfort (and surprise) in actually getting
deals over that infamous "line", comments from Dubravka about
Newcastle's interest being known back in December suggest a level of
prevarication rather than preparation in our window business.
Leaving things until the last day may please Jim White & Co. but hardly
aided our cause. Had we been able to recruit when the manager had hoped, that
point against Swansea could have been three - and tonight's stalemate could
have been a precious victory.
Sadly though, the begging bowl nature of the loan market leaves us completely
at the mercy of real football clubs, who do business as they choose and dump
their recyclables at the last minute. Islam Slimani may be of a higher grade
than Seydou Doumbia but it's all faintly shabby and desparate.
Add in the whims of the owner and his apparent failure to sanction business
until a phone call with the manager on the eve the window closing and a
situation that may baffle many but should surprise nobody presents itself
again. One can only presume we didn't actually receive any credible
It's hardly a revelation to conclude that doubts over the future ownership,
identity of the manager and retention of top flight status saw us prefer temps
over permanent signings in this window.
Fresh claims that Feyenoord's asking price for Nicolai Jorgensen was nearer to
£25m may account for our failure to complete a deal - and a noticeable lack
of interest in him from any other clubs.
The £15m that was unsuccessfully offered for the Dane looks to have gone back
in the pot for the summer though - to be spent on behalf of a manager who may
or may not have the initials RB.
Thirteen games then to save our skin, again. As to what the point of actually
doing so is though, that's an entirely different question.