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Season 2019-20
Burnley (h)
Premier League

 

 
Date:
Saturday 29th February 2020, 3.00pm

Venue:
 St. James' Park

Conditions: Amorphous


 

Newcastle

Burnley

0 - 0

 

Teams

Goals

Half time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0

Full time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0

We Said

 

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 personnel.

"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 something different.

"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*. It
(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."

On Saint-Maximin:

"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.

They Said


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 grandeur.

"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 levels.

"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 pleasing.

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
 

Stats

 
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 conceding.

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



Waffle

 

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 five, 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 deflections.

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 display 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 incredulous Vicarage Road. 

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.

Biffa


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