Callum Wilson did well to chest a long clearance from Karl Darlow down to Allan Saint-Maximin
inside the centre circle and the Frenchman set-off towards the Leazes End
Confronted with a posse of Burnley players as he reached the edge of the box,
ASM jinked one way and
then the other, creating a shooting chance that he executed right-footed just
inside the post. Goalkeeper Nick Pope got a fingertip to it but pushed it
onto the post before it nestled in the net.
That outcome further inflamed visiting boss Sean Dyche as he protested to
the officials that Wilson had eased his marker Kevin Long away from him
before taking the ball from his goalkeeper. 1-0
Half time: Magpies 1 Clarets 0
Following a Burnley corner, a Phil Bardsley cross from the
left byline was headed on by
Federico Fernandez and it fell nicely for Ashley Westwood who arrowed a volley
beyond Karl Darlow and into the far corner. 1-1
Emil Krafth played the ball up to Saint-Maximin wide on the right and
he turned and sped away from Dwight McNeil and Charlie Taylor before curling
perfect low cross to the back post for Callum Wilson to tuck in.
77 mins Jeff Hendrick flicked on Javier Manquillo's throw down
the United right but
James Tarkowski was able to play the ball back to Pope from inside the
The 'keeper's touch
was heavy and Ryan Fraser nipped in to steal the ball, poking it first-time
onto the far post. Pope though had upended him in the
process and referee Coote pointed to the spot.
Callum Wilson coolly chipped the ball down the centre of the goal while Pope
- who wasn't shown a card - dived in vain to his right.
Full time: Magpies 3 Clarets 1
Steve Bruce commented:
"I am delighted for the players. We've all had our fair share
of criticism this week, maybe rightly so.
"Tonight we have hopefully quietened a few for a while anyway.
We have tried to change and be more expansive. It goes up and down
so quickly - that's Newcastle.
"If we can keep Allan Saint-Maximin fit he will get people off their
seats, he can do things that other people can't. He is explosive. He
is a goalscorer and a threat.
"We’re still a long way from the finished article, believe me, but I
hope the Newcastle supporters can see what we’re trying to do in terms of
the way we’re trying to play.
"Of course there are going to be a few hiccups along the way. When you
get a couple of results, especially like the one tonight, then it always
On Callum Wilson:
"When I see the amounts of money being spent, I think we have done a
fabulous piece of business, I have to tell you.
"He’s a goalscorer and you just have to see that. There was no doubt
that he would arrive in the six yard box from Allan’s cross.
"He’s had a good start. Long may it continue.”
On Allan Saint-Maximin:
"It’s been a difficult period for Allan in terms of fitness levels and
getting it right, and it’s like that for a lot of players like him who rely
on pace and power.
"But we’ve seen the value to him when he’s on the pitch. His goal and
the assist for the second one, there was probably only Allan on the pitch
who could do that.”
On the visitors:
"I've known Phil Bardsley since he was 12 so I'm not surprised that he
had a few kicks at him."
"It's bizarre. I don't know what's happening in the game - I really
"Most managers are confused and I speak to a few. Brucie and I were
laughing about it in the end.
"Real fouls are not getting given anymore and I think the referees have
lost the art of real fouls. It [Wilson on Long] was a foul. I
don't know why the referee doesn't give that.
"It's just weird now. You touch someone's ear and they fall on the floor
and it's a foul and then our centre-half is quite clearly knocked off
the ball without any intention of the centre-forward to try and actually
bring the ball down and he doesn't give it.
"I think football is in a very strange state as regards the physicality
and the officiating of the games. I have
seen it back and that actual goal summed up our first half. There was no belief and endeavour. First half I could have played
"Allan Saint-Maximin? He was a handful, well done him. I'm really
pleased for him.
"On a night like tonight Nick Pope should just put his foot through it,
he knows that but he's a top keeper.
"We have still got four important players missing, we have a few days
off now and then we will work very hard. When everyone is fit we have
got a good group. It looks different when they are all back.
Asked about the morale at Turf Moor:
"I don't think it is ideal. It it not the perfect
situation for us but it is the reality of what it is. We will look to get on
"The first half was the first time we haven't looked at
it this season to be fair."
Has four PL goals from four
PL games, emulating
Les Ferdinand (Premier League) and Dwight Gayle (Championship).
That's a better start to his SJP career than Andy
Cole, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Demba Ba, Papiss
Cisse, Loic Remy, Ayoze Perez or Aleksandar Mitrovic (PL/Ch only)
Is the first Magpie to score more than once in a home PL game
since Ayoze Perez versus Southampton in April 2019.
Scored NUFC's first successful PL home penalty
since Matt Ritchie versus Manchester City in January 2019 (Gallowgate
End). The last one awarded was missed by Ritchie versus Everton in March
2019 (Leazes End).
Scored from the penalty spot for NUFC in successive PL games
for the first time since December 2013 (Hatem Ben Arfa at Crystal Palace
followed by Papiss Cisse at home to Stoke City).
(It's worth noting that Wilson has scored from the spot in his last three games:
away at Spurs in the PL last Sunday, in the LC shootout away at Newport on
Wednesday and here today again in the PL. He wasn't the recognised penalty taker
at his previous club Bournemouth).
now have seven points from their first four PL
games, their best return since the beginning of the 2013/14
season, when they had the same amount from the same number of games.
Clarets @ SJP - last 10:
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
1975/76 lost 0-1
1974/75 won 3-0 Maconald 2, Barrowclough
Dribbling in the rain
deservedly collected three points for the first time in
six home games on Saturday night, thanks to the dribbling skills of
Allan Saint-Maximin and the finishing prowess of Callum Wilson.
Saint-Maximin marked his return to the side after injury with a
wonderful solo run and strike at the Leazes End to give United a
14th minute lead - Wilson's clever chested pass setting him on his
And after Ashley Westwood volleyed home following a 61st minute
Burnley corner, wor Al provided a sumptuous low cross to the back
post for Callum Wilson to quickly restore the home side's advantage.
The energy and vision of Ryan Fraser then panicked Clarets
goalkeeper Nick Pope into bundling over the Newcastle substitute in
his area - Wilson coolly dispatching his second penalty in
successive Premier League matches to round off the victory.
Sean Dyche's side arrived pointless after their opening two games
and were placid for the opening 30 minutes here, sitting back and
allowing Newcastle to enjoy what for them were unprecedented levels
Saint-Maximin's fine opener belatedly triggered a response from the
visitors, taking turns to foul the scorer and also increase the
number of stray elbows and sly digs aimed at other opponents.
United meanwhile failed to build on their advantage, former Claret
Jeff Hendrick wastefully firing into the side netting during first
half added time.
Burnley were out early on the field for the restart and for the next
15 minutes were far more offensively-minded, dominating play and
forcing Karl Darlow into a block at his near post to deal with Chris
Westwood's leveller however inspired Newcastle to greater efforts
and Saint-Maximin took Emil Krafth's pass and drove down the right
flank before setting up Wilson to finish easily from close range for
his first goal at SJP.
At that point the hosts had preserved their 100% shooting record for
the season with five goals from as many shots on target, Isaac
Hayden finally messing up that record when driving straight at Pope.
Saint-Maximin then took his leave after yet another whack on the
ankle and Fraser made an immediate impact, anticipating a back pass
and drawing the foul from the visiting goalkeeper.
Two goals behind, Burnley reverted to their previous subdued self
and United came closest to netting again - Sean Longstaff's first
touch after arriving a low curler that was narrowly off target.
Nothing really revelatory came out of tonight: players deployed in
their proper positions give more effective displays, paying money
for a proven centre forward and passing the ball to him pays
dividends - as does getting the ball into the opposition box from
time to time.
Despite that though, there were some improved displays beyond the
big hitters - Krafth looking far happier when not dealing with
aerial balls in the middle and Joelinton quietly becoming more
effective when off-centre.
A possible recurrence of Fabian Schar's shoulder problem
should mean efforts to secure central defensive cover are redoubled:
Hayden is not an option in that position and is far better deployed
in his usual midfield role.
Although infinitely better than the last home game against Brighton,
the initial wariness of Burnley gave United every encouragement to
threaten them - something that they didn't fully exploit.
As was invariably the case last season, the foundation of our
victory was a switched-on Saint-Maximin that the opposition
struggled to deal with by fair means or foul: quite literally
headband and shoulders above the rest.
That we aren't quite a one man band this season is a reason for
optimism, but the challenge of being competitive when the Frenchman
is missing or off the boil remains. It's debatable whether we would
have defeated a sub-standard Burnley side here without him.
Had the pubs been open after full time, the toast would been to Wor
Al - with a few glasses also rightly raised in the
direction of Cal. Goals win games.