Date: Saturday 17th December 2016, 3.00pm
Venue: Pirelli Stadium
Admission: £24 seats, £20 standing
1 - 2
15 mins A
scything ball from Jonjo Shelvey cut open the Albion defence and Matt Ritchie slipped
his marker to reach the byline. His low cross from the left was expertly flicked home
from close in by Dwight Gayle via a touch from Kyle McFadzean in
front of the standing away following.
McFadzean looked to have knocked Gayle over earlier in the move, but the
Magpies number 9 was quickly back on his feet and earned his reward 1-0
20 mins The
of some sloppy defending down the Newcastle left and John Brayford swapped
passes with Jackson Irvine before sending over a bobbling cross. That was
intended for Lucas Akins but ended up at the feet of Lloyd Dyer,
who had snuck behind DeAndre Yedlin to convert at the far post.
With plenty of time to weigh up his options, Jamaal Lascelles picked out
Gayle with a forward pass to a central area. His first time flick played in Mo
Diame, who confidently turned Damien McCrory and
slipped the ball past Jon McLaughlin.
Following muted responses to recent efforts at former sides Hull and Wigan,
Diame's celebrations were rather more exuberant on this occasion.
Brewers 1 Magpies 2
time: Brewers 1 Magpies 2
Rafa said afterwards:
"We said before that it could be difficult and
it was so I think we did well. We controlled the first half and were working
so hard in the second half to defend and do well.
adapted) really well,
because Wigan was another test, a different one, and this one was even
harder and we did well.
"I was pleased with the attitude, the teamwork and the character that we
showed but I also congratulate them because they were pushing us under
"We are top of the table, doing well and winning lots of games and we have
had fantastic games and then we have games where we have to show, as we did
today, lots of character. I think we are finding the balance between playing
nice football and having to work hard for the three points.
“To see players working as hard as they were, trying to compete in
the air and hold the ball, play counter attack, defend and clear, we have
players who are learning to play in this division, so it is really important
for any team."
Brewers boss Nigel Clough said:
"A couple of errors in the lead-up to their
goals has cost us but apart from that I thought our lads were outstanding
today, in everything that they did. Their effort and honesty shines through
to us but alongside that today they played with quality.
"We have put two great performances together in the last four days and got
no points and I think that will change in the second half of the season.
"I hope we can stay out of it for the next four months as well. We are going
to try everything we can to do it, but it's not easy when you are battling
against the likes of Newcastle. As long as the players keep giving
everything, as they did today, we will stick by them."
Win number nine on the road this season
- three more than next highest Brighton and Hove Albion. It's just three short of the 12
achieved in our last promotion campaign.
Dwight Gayle notched number 17 for the season
from his 17 starts in the league. That's the same as our highest scorers,
Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan from the 2009/10 Championship season.
Newcastle won a competitive game for the first time wearing their nominal white
and purple second kit, following the penalty shootout defeat in the EFL Cup at
United faced Burton Albion for the very first time, making it three clubs from
the town that they have played against, after Burton Swifts and Burton
Wanderers. The two clubs would merge to become Burton United but their brief
stay in the Football League (1901-07) didn't include any meetings against
Magpies @ Burton - all-time:
2016/17 Burton Albion 1-2 Newcastle
1897/98 Burton Swifts 3-1 Newcastle
1896/97 Burton Wanderers 0-1 Newcastle
1896/97 Burton Swifts 3-0 Newcastle
1895/96 Burton Wanderers 0-3 Newcastle
1895/96 Burton Swifts 3-1 Newcastle
1894/95 Burton Wanderers 9-0 Newcastle
1894/95 Burton Swifts 5-3 Newcastle
1893/94 Burton Swifts 3-1 Newcastle
(All games in Division Two or equivalent)
Newcastle's debut here means that 16 of the
current 92 league grounds still remain to be visited by us for a first team
fixture (either competitive or friendly):
*United have played here at reserve/junior team level
(Rochdale is omitted from the list as
United played a War Cup tie at Spotland during 1941)
an absence of almost exactly 119 years, Newcastle belatedly returned to the
Staffordshire town of Burton upon Trent to notch up the victory that rounded off
another successful week.
The vagaries of the fixture list meant that United had kicked off both of their
previous games in second position behind Brighton - only to then secure the
victories that put us back on pole.
Today though saw both sides playing old-fashioned 3pm Saturday matches; our
winning scoreline matched by Chris Hughton's side 30 miles away at Birmingham
City to ensure that Rafa Benitez is number one at Christmas.
The smallness of the venue and tangible anticipation among both sets of fans
made this a Cup
tie atmosphere; an over-excited PA chap roaring his head off and pumping out
Nessum Dorma at wax-shifting volume and Newcastle fans joining in when a snatch
of old favourite "Tom Hark" was played after Burton's goal.
Good finishes from Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame in the first
half gave United the victory,
but for a good proportion of the afternoon their lead wasn't a secure one and
unlike the midweek success at Wigan, the two goal cushion was never secured.
In-form Dwight Gayle shot his side ahead and then helped them regain the lead
with a cute touch to set up Mo Diame, but they were rare efforts on goal on a
pitch that seemed to cause us some stability problems. Diame also looked to be
feeling the effects of three starts in a week: it can be argued that Rafa is
getting maximum benefit from the player before he decamps to the Nations Cup in
a few weeks, but a reluctance to play Aleksandar Mitrovic seems evident.
Christian Atsu had replaced Yoan Gouffran in the
starting line-up and had wasted one early chance before Gayle struck.
However that lead only lasted five minutes before veteran former West Bromich
Albion and Leicester City man Lloyd Dyer beat Karl Darlow.
battling Brewers seemed to have collated the same set of scouting notes as
Wigan and focused their attentions on Paul Dummett at left back, but lacked
craft or quality and failed to build up a real head of steam during what was a
scrappy second half.
There were several nervy moments; Darlow spilling one effort and several balls pumped into our box with Akins blazing over
when well placed. Gayle snatched at a chance which flew high and wide in what
was almost our sole excursion into the Albion box that half, but it remained
The final whistle saw
exit the pitch to the strains of "Local Hero" over the Tannoy (echoing
Plymouth's gesture the night the Championship was won in 2010). Next up for the
players was a Christmas party and some rest & relaxation after a grueling
eight days that brought nine points.
Victories here and at Wigan weren't as stylish or emphatic as some may have
predicted, but that winning habit has been maintained thanks to a couple of
classy interludes and some no-nonsense defending. One look at the league table
confirms that to be a powerful combination.