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)