Half time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0
Full time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0
Steve Bruce said:
"It was a better
performance. There are positives I can take - a clean sheet and a
point which gets us to the target we want to get to.
"When you do create chances in
the big league, you need to take them. I'm pleased we created more
and were a threat.
"There are still eight or 10
teams in there. When you are in the bottom half of the division you
know how hard it is to win a game.
"Weíve got the second best defensive record at home but Iím sure
fans will be saying Ďyeah, but we donít score enough!í
"We havenít been able to take our chances. Unfortunately, we didnít
get the win but there were positives to take from it.
"When disappointed with results, you can change the system or
"For a long time, theyíve played a certain way and I didnít want to
tamper with it because theyíre very comfortable. We thought weíd try
"I thought we carried a better threat going forward. We had some big
opportunities but, unfortunately, didnít take them.
"The only thing a coach can do is change personnel and shape*.
(goals) is our
Achilles heel. We just have to keep bashing away.
* there's a clue in the word "coach" there Steve.....
ĒWe've had 20 attempts, I think, which is far more than we've had
before and to be fair to Burnley, the number of times they got a
block in or a deflection or a challenge, you have to say well done
to them to for the defensive show they put on."
"He hasnít been right all week with his hamstring. For me, heís been
training at half pace. On Thursday, he was claiming he was sore, so
I was never going to take a chance.
Sean Dyche said:
"We have come on the road to this
football club, where Newcastle have only lost three times all season, and
weíve got a clean sheet and a point and Iím still a bit disappointed. Thatís
a marker to where we are now.
"Four wins and two draws
is not an easy run to put together in the Premier League, but we are often
better than people think.
"We are on 38 points and Iím always hungry for more. I have to remain
balanced because are still a work in progress and there are no statements of
"I just feel a little bit
deflated because we came here in good spirits and looked a bit flat.
"Iím sure tomorrow
morning, when I wake up, Iíll be a lot more pleased than I am now, but I do
expect a lot of these players and they should too because they are maturing
all the while and earning the right to be in the Premier League.
"Iím probably being
hyper-critical of the players because they have put a lot of points on the
board recently, but you do get greedy and more expectant of performance
"I think with what we had achieved in the last five games, coming into this
one, I was expecting more confidence with the ball. However, we did all the
hard yards to ensure we got a clean sheet and a point.
"There was a lot of huff and puff from ourselves and I thought we were
below-par offensively, but defensively very strong.
"I think thatís 11 clean
sheets now, which is the best in the league, so that side of it is very
ďWe just never got into the feel of the game, or even
found enough quality to go and open the game up in our favour.
"I thought in the first
half there was a nervousness in the stadium and I said to the players, they
are the moments where we can grow.
"In the second half,
credit to them because they got the ball forwards more and asked more
questions, but our defensive diligence was very good and snuffed out most of
the problems they caused.Ē
After the goal-free visits of Oxford United and Norwich City, this
stalemate means that Newcastle have played three successive
0-0 home draws in all competitions - the the first time in their
history we've "achieved" that.
United have failed to score a Premier League goal since Florian
Lejeune's late brace at Everton in January - a run of four
games totalling 360 minutes.
That's our longest barren patch in the PL since a 464 minute
run during August and September 2015.
This was also the seventh successive home game that United
have been unable to score in the opening half.
Their last goal before half time in the PL at SJP was by Jetro Willems
versus Manchester City in November.
No opposition player has found the net at Gallowgate since Jordan
Williams for Rochdale, 364 minutes ago.
Adding in the single goal win over Chelsea that preceded that, they
have now posted four successive clean sheets at SJP.
They last achieved that in March/April 2012, with PL
home wins and clean sheets over Norwich City, Liverpool, Bolton
Wanderers and Stoke City.
That 2012 sequence saw the Magpies go 496 minutes without
Clarets @ SJP - last 10:
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
1975/76 lost 0-1
1974/75 won 3-0 Maconald 2, Barrowclough
1973/74 lost 1-2 Macdonald
NUFC after 28 games - selected PL seasons:
2008/09 28 points, 16th, goal difference -11
2015/16 24 points, 19th, goal difference -25
2017/18 29 points, 15th, goal difference -11
2018/19 31 points, 13th, goal difference -8
2019/20 32 points, 14th, goal difference -17
A second successive home draw maintained Newcastle's glacial
progress toward top-flight survival on Saturday, although it was
pitiful to watch.
Steve Bruce's side were more attack-minded after discarding the back
but their scoreless run was extended to four games - and it's now just a
solitary Premier League victory in the last ten.
United lined up with five changes to the side beaten at Crystal
Palace; Valentino Lazaro suspended while Fabian Schar, Allan Saint-Maximin,
Nabil Bentaleb and Sean Longstaff all dropped to the bench.
In came Javier Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle
and Matt Ritchie in a 4-4-2 or
4-3-3 formation, depending on how far forward Joelinton played on
the left (others read it as 4-2-3-1).
Burnley arrived on Tyneside unbeaten in four league games and
looking for a third successive away victory that would have given
them their first top-flight double over Newcastle since 1960/61.
Having saved his side on many occasions this season though, goalkeeper
Martin Dubravka had an untroubled afternoon against an off-colour
Clarets side who conjured up just a single effort on target.
Opposite number Nick Pope was busier, but never called upon
to make a match-winning save - weak shots from Miguel Almiron and
Gayle no problem to him and more notable efforts from Gayle and two
from Ritchie off-target.
Completing his first full game for the Magpies since May 2018, Gayle
did well enough and his habit of winning free kicks in the final third of
the field was an asset - something we just haven't had lately.
The understanding with Almiron briefly glimpsed at Wolves in January
wasn't in evidence, but more than once he sprang well to win an
aerial challenge - something that our number nine seems rather more
hesitant to emulate.
An almost eerily quiet home support began to rouse
themselves in protest at the non-appearance of Saint-Maximin when he
appeared in the closing stages - seemingly later than needed, but
perhaps justified when Bruce confirmed that he'd not trained
properly all week.
However he didn't see a great deal of the ball on the left flank; Almiron's forays into the box from the
opposite flank seeming more likely to
produce that elusive breakthrough.
The bulk of the chances that fell to a home shirt though went to
Ritchie: unlucky with one well-placed header and a long-range
blast, and denied several time by vital Burnley blocks and
That's disappointing and frustrating, but if nothing else we
actually made it into the opposition half of the pitch - something
of a novelty for most of the current season.
Rather than saying this was better, it's more accurate to term today's
less worse than the dross served up lately.
The personnel change wasn't immediately successful, but will
hopefully be justified by improved results and displays in the
coming weeks as those returning players bed in again.
In isolation, this point wasn't a bad return against a Burnley side
who are almost home and dry after an upturn since last year - but less
impressive when compared to the exploits of
sides beneath us.
Bournemouth came from behind to lead Chelsea but had to
settle for a point, while West Ham won for the first time in eight
games against Southampton.
And most incredibly, Watford became the first side to defeat
Liverpool this season - scoring three goals without reply at an
We sit fourteenth with 32 points, five clear of the bottom three and
with work still to do if we aren't to be caught by our pursuers.
Relying on other sides to remain poor until May is no longer a
viable plan, but it's debatable whether the prospect of demotion has
even been considered on Barrack Road.
Dreams of a cup run are rapidly being replaced by more mundane
ambitions - quite simply we now have other priorities.