Newcastle drew 3-3 with Burnley this afternoon and after going 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 ahead in this game, a late goal from Boyd gave Burnley a well-earned point after they had come back well in the game in the second half and hit the bar or post four times in this game.
Goals came from Steven Taylor (15 mins), Jack Colback (26 mins) and Moussa Sissoko (78 mins) in the game, and an own goal from Paul Dummett(19 mins) plus goals from Danny Ings (66) and George Boyd (86 mins) gave Burnley a share of the points.
Moussa Sissoko after scoring Newcastle’s third goal
Newcastle were the better side in the first half but Burnley came storming back in the second half and were much the better side, and could have really won the game, so we cannot complain too much – but our defense has to improve and it was unsteady at best throughout this game.
In the first minute Tiote gave the ball away and Danny Ings put Ashley Barnes through and the ball came canyoning off the upright with Alnwick beaten – a let off for Newcastle and sloppy play by Cheick Tiote.
Newcastle took the lead after 15 minutes with a rare Steven Taylor goal as he headed the ball home for his 14th goal for Newcastle from a Jack Colback corner – Alan Pardew must have left Newcastle – when was the last time we scored a goal from a corner?
And it has been all Newcastle in those first fifteen minutes as the lads attacked Burnley.
But then just four minutes later it was another Geordie who scored but this time Paul Dummett attempting to get the ball back to Alnwick lofted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the goal – poor defending from Dummett – a gift goal for Burnley.
Between the two goals Kevin Long had come on for the injured Shackel.
Newcastle went ahead again after 26 minutes and it was a great Jack Colback left footed shot when Janmaat rolled the ball to him outside the box. and Jack beat goalkeeper Heaton, as he smashed the ball into the back of the net.
On 32 minutes Michael Kightly had to replace Dean Marney because of an injury – and then Kevin Long had to leave the field – so all three subs used by Burnley in first half due to injury.
Newcastle played out the four minutes of added time and at half time Newcastle were 2-1 ahead.
It has been an entertaining game and there was some good applause from the Geordie faithful, and with three Geordie coaches in control of Newcastle – three Geordies scored in the first half – unfortunately one was an own goal.
A couple of minutes into the second half Danny Ings hit the bar and the ball again hit the upright as Alnwick tried to clear – a huge let off for Newcastle.
It’s better to be lucky than good.
On 66 minutes Danny Ings went one better when his glancing header brought Burnley level as the ball just squeezed inside the far post, and that goal had been coming from Burnley.
But after 78 minutes it was Moussa Sissoko who again put Newcastle into the lead when some magic on the left from Ayoze Perez.
The Spaniard beat a couple of men along the byeline and cut the ball back, and it was Moussa Sissoko who smashed the ball into the back of the net from six yards out, and that goal had come after it had been all Burnley.
But Newcastle couldn’t hold on for the last 12 minutes or so, and after 86 minutes Boyd got the ball and slammed it into the back of the net and while Jak Alnwick got his left hand to the ball but couldn’t stop it going in.
Maybe Jak could have done better with that one.
So that’s 11 goals in the last two home games, and while it’s good we are scoring goals – we shouldn’t be conceding five goals in two games at home.
Credit to Burnley for coming back very well in the second half, but our defense looked dicey throughout the game – and we must improve the defense.
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