Newcastle Put In A Poor Performance At Turf Moor – Lose 1-0

It was a poor performance from Newcastle and a 1-0 defeat tonight at Turf Moor with the winning goal coming from Hedrick on 74 minutes.

Newcastle had an off night, and we showed little threat up front all through the game, so Rafa will know what needs strengthening in the January transfer window – we need attackers who can put the ball into the back of the net.

We had few opportunities throughout the game, and maybe our best effort fell to Ayoze Perez, but his effort was saved by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

But we will have to pick up our form from the last two games which have both been rather boring games; although we were happy to get 3 points in the previous game against Palace.

We now drop one place to 9th in the league and Burnley jump above us into 7th place.

Mohamed Diame got his first league start of the season when he came in for Isaac Hayden, and that was the only change in the team although Mikel merino has a back injury and didn’t make the bench.

Hendrick – scores the winner

There were very few chances created in the first half which was a dull affair between two well-matched teams.

Newcastle did not create many chances which has to be a concern for Rafa Benitez but Burnley are a very well organized side – much like Palace were in the previous game.

It looked like it was going to be a no score draw but after 74 minutes poor marking again form Newcastle, and a Gudmundsson cross was controlled well by a completely unmarked Hendrick, who put the ball into the back of the net.

Benitez reacted to try to get a point by bringing on Hayden for Perez, Jacob Murphy for Ritchie and Dwight Gayle for Diame but we couldn’t get a goal, although Dwight Gayle went close near the end.

It was a poor game tonight and made a lot worse because we lost by a single goal.

Newcastle will need to find some creativity and goalscoring form if we are to pick up a win against Bournemouth at home on Saturday afternoon.


Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Diame (Gayle, 83), Shelvey; Ritchie (Murphy, 79), Perez (Hayden 76), Atsu; Joselu. Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Saivet.

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Cork, Tarkowski, Mee, Barnes, Brady, Hendrick, Defour (Westwood, 76), Gudmundsson, Ward. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Vokes, Wells, Bardsley, Long, Arfield.

Goal: Hendrick 74

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

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15 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Charlie agree with most of that apart from slowing down trying to find shelvey he is constantly in space and is always looking for the ball the amount of times he got into that space only to not get the ball was rediculous
    Seriously watch him he is alwaus running into pockets of space but aint quivk enough in getting it to him you can see him getting frustrated with it all the time

  • lochinvar

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #2


    Same plan – play for a draw and see if you can nick a goal late in the game to win

    Three points lost over those games perhaps , but not good enough – poor blocking, misplaced passes putting players under pressure, giving the ball away. Time for a rethink on the training ground. Send Perez on a body building course and Diame to a Championship club.

    Just so frustrating

  • manxpie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Wait till the jinx comes on and tells us all how pathetic we are for saying wat a poor tactical performance it was………

  • mfw13

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s not really that we played poorly…it’s simply that we lack the type of (expensive) talent that can win matches like this. We don’t have any players who can make chances out of nothing. The only way we score is either when the opponent makes a mistake, we get a rare moment of individual skill, or we get a bit of luck. But we’re not a equipped to break down a side that is well-organized defensively like Burnley.

  • manxpie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Also dont get the stick for murphy wat do you expect in 5 or 10 mins ffs
    Hardly a chance is it

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah partly agree with you and Shelvey but he tends to pass to many hollwood passes – long slow passes that are easily cut out and ver reaely goes for a one-two – mind you the rest of the team once they have passed to Shelvey they think job done and stand still.

    Did you see anyone bust a gut to get onto a pass or get into the box .

    How many bloody crosses did we put in and no-one there or busting a gut to get on the end of No-one sorry Atsu the smallest person on the pitch.

    The whole team looked lathargic tonight as if something had been put in there drinks.

    ARGHHHHHHHH it was awful

  • YoungMag :P

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #7

    It was a poor game. Both teams cancelled each other out.

    Everyone just overreacts on here it’s embarrassing. We are punching above our weight as it is, you expect us to beat Burnley? Something only a few teams have managed thus far. Even Chelsea lost to them. Im not losing sleep over it. Rafa is doing the best he can with the squad he currently has, you guys think you could do better? Please say you could! I need a good laugh right now after reading this shit.

  • manxpie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Or mfw we give a decent defence the same powder puff attack that has been on show for a while
    Very easy for them tonight very very easy infact

  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail will have nothing said bad of rafa but after tonight selection he should agree it was shit but dont hold your breath even the subs where to late rafa is a good manger but like a player he not as big as the club even if he thinks he is.

  • manxpie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Well Charlie at least the Hollywood balls are forward lol
    But seriously thats why him and merino have to be a partnership they are our best 2 cm’s and they both have football brains plus for everyone saying shelvey doesnt track back or tackle well he did alot mre than diame tonight

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah got to have Merino in team with Shelvey as other teams no that with onlyvShelvey in the team everything goes through him especially when Ritchie is poor

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 31, 2017 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #12

    manx – who rattled your cage.

  • magpie_in_ohio

    Oct 31, 2017 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #13

    I thought they looked reasonabley well shaped and solid in the first half. Took the few chances they had. Seemed to wander in the second half with a major breakdown leading to the goal. They desperately need attacking help up front as well as a stronger #10. Perez is skilled but far too weak. Really missed Merino. Having said all that, we are clearly NOT punching above our weight and should expect to beat Burnley. On to the next one. HWTL

  • JeffryArthur1213

    Oct 31, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #14

    lochinvar, u r spot on mate. (“Same plan – play for a draw and see if you can nick a goal late in the game to win”), I really love Rafa but he needs to drop Perez. Seriously we could have won the game if we had the midfield doing better, with Hayden n Merino rather than Perez n Diame. I don’t blamed the defense totally for the goal, why didn’t some of the midfielders track back to help instead of standing n watching?

  • JeffryArthur1213

    Oct 31, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Manxpie, u r right on murphy “wat do you expect in 5 or 10 mins”. In the 65th min i was cry out for Rafa to take Perez n Diame out, maybe push Ritchie in the number role n bring on Murphy in RM n Hayden in the CM. I’m not a expert but if Rafa is going to sent out Perez n Diame in midfield again than i would luv to rather see Murphy n Aarons playing even if we lose. At lease they will learn n gain experience. I like Joselu up front as he’s technically better than our other two Fwds but he’s not punching hard enough, so Gayle n Mitrovic needs to be given a chance at lease for Bournemouth game. HWTL!


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