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Season 2021-22
Burnley (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 22nd May 2022, 4.00pm

Venue:
 Turf Moor

Conditions: Uplifting

Programme: £3.50
 

Burnley

 Newcastle

 

1 - 2

 

 

Teams

Goals

20 mins Former Claret Kieran Trippier sent over a corner kick in front of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand that evaded Bruno Guimaraes and reached the back post, where Sean Longstaff was lurking on the edge of the six yard box.

The visiting midfielder didn't get the chance to head the ball though; home defender Nathan Collins extending his arm to fist the ball away. Following prolonged appeals, referee Craig Pawson was invited to review his initial refusal to award a penalty on the pitchside monitor and duly concurred.

That left Callum Wilson to calmly send Nick Pope the wrong way from the penalty spot.

NB: There was no indication of a VAR decision in progress from the Turf Moor scoreboard - but there again they never bothered posting half time scores either, concentrating on their somewhat ambiguous key phrase, "Together We Can". Go down, presumably. 
1-0


Half time: Clarets 0 Magpies 1

60 mins Longstaff and Miggy Almiron combined in central midfield and the Paraguayan advanced before pinging a pass to the unguarded Saint-Maximin out to his left.

His prompt low centre arrived for Callum Wilson to tuck it inside the far post from close range in front of the away throng.
2-0

69 mins Collins evaded Saint-Maximin and played a ball in from the right that Maxwell Cornet met with a first time right-footed effort some 12 yards out. That was parried by Martin Dubravka and although Josh Brownhill made a failed attempt at a header, Cornet was behind him; the Ivorian making no mistake with a powerful left-footed shot. 2-1

Full time: Clarets 1 Magpies 2

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It was a difficult game; emotionally, tactically, technically. It was never going to be one for the purist, the atmosphere was very intense and created a game that was unpredictable.

"I thought we did enough at 2-0, then they scored, and the last period of the game was very difficult from our perspective, Burnley played very well. There was some heroic defending from our players.

"It would have been very easy to drop our levels and play our part in Burnley winning the game and ultimately staying up, but we had standards to meet and were determined to represent the club well today. The players deserve credit for that."


Asked about finishing 14 points clear of the third relegation place:

"
Iím not sure I could have said Iíd have seen it coming, to be honest with you. December was a very difficult month for us. We came in and on the horizon was a very tough month, with Liverpool and Manchester City, and we had a squad that was suffering with injuries at the time, then we suffered the low of Cambridge (in the FA Cup). This was a position that seemed a long, long way away then.

"I have to compliment the players for how they have dug in, for how they have united together. There were plenty of examples throughout the team of players fighting for the shirt, giving their all, and I think the players deserve a huge amount of credit.Ē

On Joelinton's injury:

"It didnít look good at the time; I could see from the way he went down, I was thinking, ĎThis could be seriousí. Itís a deep laceration, and I think when the doctor saw him initially, he could see part of his bone.

"It was quite deep, so we knew immediately we had to withdraw him. He was in good spirits in the dressing room though. He had a boot on, but said he was okay, so thatís great news."


oh go on then, one more time

They Said

U23 coach turned Interim boss Mike Jackson:

"That won't go away for a long, long time, in fact it won't go away, it will always be there, it's something I'll have to live with, but it will never go away.

"It's really raw at the moment, gutted for the fans and the players. It's hard to find words sometimes, but I just said to the group, they've given everything for the games we've been here, and sometimes that's all you can ask of anybody.

"First half today we obviously gave the penalty away, which takes a bit of the sting out of us, third game in a week as well, and down on bodies, so it's not ideal. But they gave everything they can, second half we got the goal back and had some really good chances to get back in it, on another day...

"The lads are going to be
(distraught), but there's not a lot you can say, it will take a long, long time to get over, but I'm sure some of these players will go from strength to strength and keep going.

"I thanked them for what they've done as a group, how they came together, with what's happened with their mates getting injured and things going against you, and I think they've been brilliant, they kept fighting.

"The fans came in their numbers again and were brilliant and stayed right to the end with us, and we're just gutted we couldn't stay in the league."

"Everything was put in to try and achieve staying up, and I haven't done that, so it's gutting. We had some really good chances, and on another day if you take them, who knows?

"The injuries have nipped us obviously, but the group still went to Spurs, Villa and produced performances. I knew the game was going to be like that today, once you give that first goal away, they make it very difficult, the back four doesn't move a lot, doesn't come out of its shape, and away from home as well, it was difficult.

"We had some good moments as well in the first half, I thought it was tight, not a lot in it, the penalty changed the mood. It was two teams scrapping it out, but we then had to chase, and that can add to the situation.

"We chased it second half but didn't take our chances."

Stats


Newcastle recorded their largest Premier League points total since 2014, in their highest finishing position since 2018:

2013/14 10th place, 49 points
2014/15 15th place, 39 points
2015/16 18th place, 37 points
2017/18 10th place, 44 points
2018/19 13th place, 45 points
2019/20 13th place, 44 points
2020/21 12th place, 45 points
2021/22 11th place, 49 points

Following a 1-0 home win in December, United completed a PL double over Burnley thanks to victory at Turf Moor - their only double of the season.

The Magpies ended the season with five PL away wins - at Leeds, Brentford, Southampton, Norwich and Burnley. All of those have come in 2022.

Away record - last two seasons:

2020/21:
22 points (6 wins, 4 draws, 9 defeats, 20 goals)
2021/22: 19 points (5 wins, 4 draws, 10 defeats, 18 goals)

Magpies @ Turf Moor - last 10:

2021/22 Won 2-1 Wilson 2(1pen)
2020/21 Won 2-1 Murphy, Saint-Maximin
2019/20 Lost 0-1
2018/19 Won 2-1 og(Mee), Clark
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Drew 1-1 Cisse
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort (FR)
1982/83 Lost 0-1
1979/80 Lost 2-3 Shoulder, Barton
1978/79 Lost 0-1

Final away game results - PL:

2021/22 Won 2-1 at Burnley
2020/21 Won 2-0 at Fulham
2019/20 Drew 0-0 at Brighton
2018/19 Won 4-0 at Fulham
2017/18 Lost 0-1 at Spurs
2015/16 Drew 0-0 at Aston Villa
2014/15 Lost 1-2 at QPR
2013/14 Lost 1-2 at Liverpool
2012/13 Won 2-1 at QPR
2011/12 Lost 1-3 at Everton
2010/11 Drew 2-2 at Chelsea
2008/09 Lost 0-1 at Aston Villa
2007/08 Lost 1-3 at Everton
2006/07 Drew 1-1 at Watford
2005/06 Drew 0-0 at Birmingham City
2004/05 Lost 0-2 at Everton
2003/04 Drew 1-1 at Liverpool
2002/03 Drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion
2001/02 Lost 1-3 at Southampton
2000/01 Lost 0-3 at Liverpool
1999/00 Drew 0-0 at Derby County
1998/99 Lost 0-2 at Leicester City
1997/98 Lost 0-1 at Blackburn Rovers
1996/97 Drew 0-0 at Manchester United
1995/96 Drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest
1994/95 Lost 0-1 at Blackburn Rovers
1993/94 Lost 0-2 at Sheffield United

NUFC PL top scorers - 10 or less:

2005/06
Alan Shearer 10
2008/09
Obafemi Martins/Michael Owen 8
2017/18 Ayoze Perez 8
2021/22 Callum Wilson 8
2004/05
Craig Bellamy/Alan Shearer 7
2019/20 Shelvey 6
1997/98 John Barnes 6
2000/01 Carl Cort/Nolberto Solano 6

PL goalscorers 2021/22 (total of 44):

Callum Wilson 8
Bruno Guimaraes 5
Allan Saint-Maximin 5
Joelinton 4
Jonjo Shelvey 2
Ryan Fraser 2
Kieran Trippier 2
Fabian Schar 2
Joe Willock 2
Chris Wood 2
Miggy Almiron 1
Isaac Hayden 1
Jeff Hendrick 1
Jamaal Lascelles 1
Sean Longstaff 1
Javier Manquillo 1
Jacob Murphy 1
OG 3

Callum Wilson
now has 20 goals in a Newcastle shirt, all in the PL. They came from 44 appearances (39 starts).

He's the eighth English-born player to reach 20 goals in the PL, after Kieron Dyer (23), Michael Owen (26), Robert Lee (34), Les Ferdinand (41), Andy Cole (43), Peter Beardsley (46) and Alan Shearer (148).

The final two victories of the season took Eddie Howe statistically above Sir Bobby Robson in our list of Premier League managers. With 44 points from 27 games, Howe's points return is now 54.3% and win percentage is 48.1%. Bobby's are 53.2% and 44.1% respectively, albeit from 188 games.

Both are still way behind Kevin Keegan's first spell in charge (61.5% points, 54.5% win) and even if both periods in charge for Keegan are combined, he is still some way ahead.

 

Waffle


Two teams going in opposite directions met at Turf Moor on Sunday; defeat for the hosts ending a six season stay in the top flight while victory for the visitors capped a sensational seasonal revival.

Burnley went into the game knowing that Premier League survival depended on matching or bettering the outcome of Leeds United's trip to Brentford.

Their hopes of achieving that took a nose dive in the 20th minute however, when Kieran Trippier's corner kick was fisted away from Sean Longstaff at the back post by home defender Nathan Collins.

A VAR review sent referee Craig Pawson across to the pitchside screen and the outcome of that was never in doubt - Pawson amending his original decision, Callum Wilson sending Nick Pope the wrong way from 12 yards.

That handed Eddie Howe's current side a deserved advantage against one of his former ones; Burnley giving little indication of their plight and simply unable to lay a glove on The Magpies.

Newcastle made two changes from the side that saw off Arsenal (Lascelles for Schar and Trippier for Krafth) but were forced into an early alteration when Joelinton was stretchered off with a gashed leg.

Coming close to doubling their lead just before the break when Allan Saint-Maximin was denied by Pope, United established a two goal cushion on the hour to seemingly condemn the Clarets.

Occupying a more central role after Jacob Murphy replaced Joelinton, Miggy Almiron pushed forward in possession before supplying Saint-Maximin on the left and he teed up Wilson to tuck it inside the far post.

Only then did Mike Jackson's side respond to the urgings of the home crowd and aim balls into the Newcastle box - Maxwel Cornet firing home at the second attempt in the 69th minute to raise the noise levels.

At that point Leeds still led at Brentford, but the Bees levelled to leave Burnley needing an equaliser to drag themselves back to fourth bottom.

Despite a succession of corner kicks and one timely intervention by Matt Targett in his own six yard box, the hosts were unable to find a second goal - former Claret Chris Wood introduced to add some additional height at set pieces and given an inevitable hostile reception by his former fans.

Attempting to catch Burnley on the break, Newcastle looked like teeing up a hat-trick goal for Wilson on three occasions - only for Almiron to selfishly blaze over, Bruno to fall over before pulling the ball back and Murphy finally to be foiled as he tried to dribble along the byline.

It finished 2-1 to the visitors though, a collective sigh from the home ranks in added time indicating that Leeds were ahead again down in West London, leaving Burnley needing to score twice.

Thankfully the full time whistle didn't prompt any sort of pitch invasion, meaning that the Newcastle officials and players were able to salute the travelling support as they returned to the dressing room.

Beginning the day 12th in the table, Brighton's home victory over West Ham denied Newcastle a top half finish but their astonishing final tally of 49 points was enough to snag 11th. Had Wilson not missed 16 games, that could well have been higher.

It's also worth noting that we avoided relegation by 14 points - a tally we only reached by winning at Leeds in January. That first away victory of the season was pivotal to our revival, coming after the 1-1 draw with Watford when it looked for all the world as if we were powerless to alter our fate. If Jonjo Shelvey does nothing else in a black and white shirt, then his strike at Elland Road restored hope in the stands and belief in the dressing room. Not quite David Kellyesque, but of great significance.  

All concerned deserve great credit for harnessing the boardroom changes to reset the club since last October. The power of positive playing - and supporting - has exorcised the demons of a nightmarish first half of the season and watching this lot is again a pleasure rather than a duty.

While Burnley drop into the Championship amid massive financial uncertainty in the wake of their takeover, the only way now looks to be up for the black and whites: "ticking over" is no longer acceptable round here.

Choruses of from the away end of "we'll meet again, don't know where don't know when" were meant for the home fans, but equally could be have been directed at a good chunk of the away side.

Whoever ends up making way for the anticipated influx though can leave content in the fact that they've played their part in a job well done, providing a solid base for future growth by quite simply stopping the rot.

So often we've reached this point on our knees, glad to see the back of another prison sentence of a season. We didn't want this one to finish though - and won't be alone counting the days until the next one comes around.

Howay the lads! 

Biffa

PS:
Is it that time again? Following the aborted 2019/20 campaign and the purgatory that was 2020/21, this season has been a welcome return to the "old ways" of travelling round the country and encountering like-minded souls - whose disposition became increasingly sunny as results improved.

The usual gratitude and appreciation is expressed to those whose efforts ensured that we got through another season mostly intact. 
 


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