Papiss Cisse scored a good opportunist goal for Newcastle after 52 minutes tonight to earn Newcastle a well deserved draw, after Burnley had taken the lead after 34 minutes through former Hull player George Boyd.
Papiss Cisse after scoring early in second half
Newcastle’s team was stronger than expected – and included five players who were doubts before the game – Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara and Mehdi Abeid all started this game.
Newcastle started the game very poorly, much like we did at West Ham, but the only saving grace in the first half was that Burnley were no better , with neither side able to string too many passes together.
On 11 minutes Rob Elliot was called into action and made a good save after Danny Ings had got past Mike Williamson and Elliot made a one handed save, and Paul Dummett headed away.
It was Ings again after 21 minutes – rumored to be a Newcastle target in January – who put through Barnes, but he hit the ball just wide – as Burnley were making a better start than the Magpies.
After 32 minutes Mehdi Abeid was straight through on goal but goalkeeper Heaton did well to block the shot for a corner.
But after 34 minutes Burnley went ahead with the all important first goal, when a ball was played high into the box, and it was Danny Ings who headed it nicely down to Boyd, who shot home with his left foot past Rob Elliot.
The ball was only a couple of feet to the left of Elliot as it flew by him, but it looked like he was unsighted by the Newcastle defenders.
It was poor defending by Newcastle with four players around Ings when he headed the ball, and it was 1-0 at the break.
Alan Pardew made a bold move at half time by bringing on Steven Taylor for Mike Williamson, who was on a yellow card, and on came Remy Cabella for an ineffectual Ayoze Perez, who couldn’t get to grips with the withdrawn striker role.
Within minutes, Cabella almost scored when he had a half chance to score, but Newcastle were soon level and it was a Daryl Janmaat cross that was missed by Yoan Gouffran, but not by natural goalscorer Cisse, who swept the ball into the net in one movement.
After 55 minutes Cheick Tiote tried his luck but his shot was well held by goalkeeper Heaton.
Newcastle were showing much more purpose in the second half, and after 61 minutes Ameobi crossed from the left wing and it was Steven Taylor who headed the ball wide of the post.
Newcastle pushed for the winner but just couldn’t get the second goal that we needed – but nevertheless given all the injuries in the lead up to the game – this was a decent point and we are now in 10th place with 20 points from 14 games.
Newcastle looked more like their recent form in the second half, but we must improve our first half performances – especially against Chelsea on Saturday.
Some Newcastle players put in some good performances in that second half, with both Remy Cabella and Mehdi Abeid both catching the eye, and Steven Taylor looked good at the heart of the Newcastle defense.
Remy Cabella almost got his first goal for Newcastle within seconds of the restart, and he’s starting to look like the player we thought we had signed from Montpellier.
Sammy Ameobi and Janmaat also showed up well and Al;an Pardew will have to think long and hard on what the starting eleven should be on Saturday against league leaders Chelsea – which is shaping up to be another good game.
We suppose a draw was a fair result – but who cares about fairness when we could have won the game. 😀
We are also like to see Fab Coloccini and Rolando back from injury – and of course the suspended Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Williamson (S Taylor, 46), Dummett, Haidara; Abeid, Tiote; Gouffran, Perez (Cabella, 46), Ameobi (Riviere, 75); Cisse. Subs not used: Alnwick, Streete, Anita, Armstrong.
Burnley: Heaton; Ward (Mee, 66), Shackell, Keane, Trippier; Boyd, Jones, Marney, Arfield; Barnes (Jutkiewicz, 85) Ings. Subs not used: Gilks, Sordell, Kightly, Wallace, Long.
Goals: Boyd 34, Cisse 48
Bookings: Williamson 10, Keane 55, Tiote 80, Arfield 90
Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
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