Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 7.45pm.
Conditions: Freezing but dry
Admission: An eye-watering £40* - equivalent to a deposit on a
terraced house round here.
* the mackems were charged £35 here
1 - 1
Kieran Trippier's lofted
ball up to the edge of the Newcastle box was headed back by Danny Ings to George
Boyd. The Scottish international found himself in acres of space and had time to take a touch a fire past a
static Rob Elliot. It later emerged that the scorer and goalkeeper were once in
the same year at school in Gillingham and played for the same school team. 0-1
time: Clarets 1 Magpies 0
48mins: Sammy Ameobi attacked down
the Newcastle left but his cross was too strong and ultimatly reached Daryl Janmaat
on the other flank. The Dutchman's centre was
helped on by a slight flick at
the near post from Yoan Gouffran, taking out two covering defenders and
allowing Papiss Cisse to tuck the ball into the roof of the net at the away
end from six yards for his fifth goal of the season.
Closer inspection suggests it came off Cisse's thigh/knee but they all
Full time: Clarets 1 Magpies 1
"I am absolutely delighted with that because we did not play
very well in the first half.
"Burnley had a lot to do with that, they would not let us play, and we
did not risk enough. And sometimes when you start like that and you think: ‘We
can’t play, they won’t let us play’, then you get in the wrong mode.
“However, we really took risks in the
second half to try and open the game up and play, and we were different class,
and that was as good a point as we have had all year.
"To have all the players that we had missing tonight and come back from
1-0 down at a place like here is a really marvellous result.
"Ayoze Perez, who has done fantastic
for us, was just not at the races tonight, he just could not get going.
"And I know that with Cabella there is a marvellous technical ability
there, he is just learning about what it is like in the Premier League, and he
made a really big impression tonight, which is fantastic news both for us and
"It was a tight affair, some good quality
from us, a fantastic mentality from us I thought as we were 1-0 up at half-time
and then they score a really horrible goal because of us, a scruffy goal from
our point of view.
"And that can change the feel of it, and it did for an initial spell, but we
then calmed it down and got a foothold in the game again and overall I was
really pleased with the players.
"They had a lot of injuries, and only Cabella, Riviere and Taylor came on at
half-time! And I’d like to have that depth of squad with those boys coming on.
And they had an effect on the game and picked them up.
"But like I said, we gave them a lifeline with a really poor goal from our point
of view, a scruffy goal, but overall we are making great strides, you know.
"There has been a lot made of our style, but you look at the tinge of
disappointment against Aston Villa, a very good side, and a tinge of
disappointment against Newcastle too tonight, and let’s face it a very good side
too on very good form, despite their blip on the weekend, then very good signs
for us again.
"I do not think that we have been lacking any belief all season, but sometimes
you need the rub of the green, or you need a chance to go your way, and maybe we
did not have that at the start of the season.
"And we had to earn our right to get those points and those goals, and I think
we are now doing that and we had some real big individual performances again
"The table is what it is, we just focus on performances, because we know that if
we get those right, then we get wins, and if we get plenty of wins then you know
you are okay."
Pardew took charge of his 150th Premier League game as Newcastle
boss and recorded his 34th draw. To date his sides have managed 56
wins and 60 defeats.
Burnley became the 45th club we've faced in the
Premier League and Turf Moor
the 52nd venue to have hosted games involving us in that competition.
Papiss Cisse scored his fifth goal of the season - all in the Premier
League - and 28th in the PL all told - which moved him level with
Obafemi Martins as our tenth most prolific net finder in that
NUFC Premier League top
Alan Shearer 148
Peter Beardsley 46
Andy Cole 43
Shola Ameobi 43
Les Ferdinand 41
Nolberto Solano 37
Robert Lee 34
Gary Speed 29
Demba Ba 29
Obafemi Martins 28
Papiss Demba Cisse 28
Craig Bellamy 27
Magpies @ Turf Moor - post-WW2:
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
1982/83 lost 0-1
1979/80 lost 2-3 Shoulder, Barton
1978/79 lost 0-1
1975/76 won 1-0 T.Craig(pen)
1974/75 lost 1-4 Barrowclough
1970/71 drew 1-1 Barrowclough
1969/70 won 1-0 Davies
1968/69 lost 0-1
1967/68 lost 0-2
1966/67 won 2-0 Bennett, Robson
1965/66 lost 0-1
1960/61 lost 3-5 White, Hughes 2
1959/60 lost 1-2 Allchurch
1958/59 drew 2-2 Curry, Allchurch
1957/58 won 2-0 Curry 2
1956/57 lost 2-3 Milburn, Tait
1955/56 lost 1-3 Keeble
1954/55 won 1-0 Hannah
1953/54 drew 1-1 Broadis (FAC)
1953/54 won 2-1 Keery, Milburn
1952/53 lost 1-2 G.Robledo
1951/52 lost 1-2 Milburn
1950/51 drew 1-1 Milburn
1949/50 won 2-1 Harvey, Walker
1948/49 won 3-0 Donaldson 2, Milburn
1947/48 lost 0-3
A chilly Tuesday night in Lancashire ultimately left both sets of fans with some sort
of cold comfort after a game of two halves for United, thankfully improving on
a tepid first half performance that was a dispiriting continuation of
Saturday's display against another team clad in claret and blue. A casual
observer may well have struggled to recognise that this was actually a
Premier League clash between the sides ended all square thanks to an equaliser
from Papiss Cisse that prevented back to back losses.
However, neither side really did enough to justify claiming maximum points,
Burnley seemingly uncertain of whether to stick or twist once ahead.
For Newcastle, the game only really came to life following the arrival of Remy Cabella at half
time - an alteration that provided a welcome injection of pace and invention
to a side who were without suspended midfield pair Moussa Sissoko and Jack
Colback but welcomed back Mehdi Abeid (which really does beg the question just
what future - if any - Vurnon Anita has at this football club).
Until that point neither goalkeeper had been seriously tested, although Sammy
Ameobi and Abeid had both warmed Tom Heaton's hands. However, the under-employed Rob Elliot was once again denied a clean sheet
when George Boyd gave the Clarets an unexpected lead just after the half hour
Despite concerns about the fitness of more players, United started with nine of the eleven selected for duty at West Ham on Saturday.
It soon became evident though
that Mike Williamson was less than 100% mobile and having been booked, made
way by Steven Taylor at half time.
As Cabella's simultaneous appearance boosted the attack, Taylor's return made
a similarly sizeable impact on a defence that had look unsettled and
vulnerable, missing the presence of Fabricio Coloccini (who was watching from
the stand along with fellow countryman Facundo Ferreyra).
In truth, the game was effectively over at 1-1, with an injury that saw
Stephen Ward stretchered off just after the hour mark affecting United's
forward momentum. He went down after a sharp turn deep in his own half, but any contact from
Gouffran seemed minimal. After what seemed an eternity, the stretcher party
made leisurely progress across the field before removing the stricken player.
And just Newcastle looked set to build up another head of steam, Sammy Ameobi
found himself unable to continue and made way for Emmanuel Riviere on 75 minutes -
necessitating yet another alteration to our forward formation. Sammy put in a
good shift down the left flank with he, Cabella and Massadio Haidara linking up
well until Sammy signaled to the bench that he was fettled.
A few half chances aside, the rest of the game passed by without any major
scares at either end and the point left United sitting tenth in the table and
Burnley outside the bottom three. Spurs' 0-3 defeat at Chelsea and Hull's point at Everton the following evening
then meant that the Magpies moved back up to ninth while Sean Dyche's mob slipped back into the bottom three.
United have now lost just four times in 14 League outings this
season despite ongoing selection issues - form that can be described as steady
but not startling, a bit like tonight's performance.
And while a point against Burnley doesn't seem particularly exciting, the
scoreline extended their unbeaten sequence to four games during which they've
started to marry results to solid displays that make them less of a pushover
than they may seem at first glance.
This was the archetypal cold night up north that people have in mind when
asserting that imported players "won't fancy it" in England but that
wasn't evident among a squad where the summer arrivals are finding their feet.
Janmaat collected another assist, while Cabella in particular looked eager to
make an impact on his fourteenth appearance for the club in all competitions
(eight starts). If anyone looked out of place, it was our Spanish forward, but
he's entitled to have a few off days as he adjusts to life in a different
country, never mind football.
The indifferent performances of messrs Tiote and Cisse (apart from the goal)
suggest that their loss next month for the African Cup of Nations Finals may
not be felt as keenly as one might have first thought - on current form,
Abeid's absence at the same competition with Algeria may be felt more than the
enigmatic Ivorian, who presumably still sees his future being away from
Deviating from the first-choice XI has paid dividends for Alan Pardew, with
squad rotation forced upon him by circumstance strengthening his side more
often than weakening it. That's testament to the positive attitude of his
players, with an opening now arising for Riviere to make his mark and prove
whether he can be combined effectively with Perez.