By Jack Wilkinson
Burnley 1-2 Newcastle: Magpies end 10-game Monday Night Football losing streak
Report and highlights as Magpies seal third consecutive league win after delayed kick-off
Last Updated: 27/11/18 8:01am
Newcastle ended their abysmal Monday Night Football losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Magpies had not tasted victory on Monday night on Sky Sports since 2012 but a Ben Mee own goal and Ciaran Clark header inside the opening 23 minutes set them on their way to victory.
After Sam Vokes halved the deficit before half-time with a 16-yard header, Newcastle spurned two glorious chances to restore their two-goal lead as Matt Ritchie produced a miss-of-the-season contender before substitute Joselu struck the post.
But Newcastle withstood a late onslaught to secure a third consecutive victory - their first away from home since April 7 - that lifts them up to 13th in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone, while Burnley remain 17th, a point above the bottom three.
Burnley: Hart (6), Lowton (5), Mee (5), Long (5), Taylor (5), Lennon (5), Defour (5), Cork (6), Brady (5), Vokes (6), Wood (5).
Subs: Barnes (n/a), Hendrick (n/a).
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Yedlin (6), Schar (7), Fernandez (8), Clark (7), Ki (6), Diame (6), Kenedy (6), Perez (6), Ritchie (5), Rondon (6).
Subs: Joselu (5), Hayden (n/a)
Man of the Match: Federico Fernandez.
Kick-off at Turf Moor was delayed by 30 minutes after the referee's assessor collapsed in the players' tunnel. Eddie Wolstenholme was taken to hospital conscious, but referee Anthony Taylor and the two clubs decided to delay the start after the emergency.
When the two sides eventually emerged it was Newcastle that dealt with the setback better as they raced into an early lead, Federico Fernandez's curling strike from the edge of the area looping over Joe Hart via an unfortunate deflection off Mee.
Burnley reacted well to falling behind as Chris Wood registered their first shot on target with a swerving effort from distance that was saved by the face of Martin Dubravka.
Newcastle doubled their advantage a minute later when Ritchie's whipped cross from a well-worked short corner was glanced in by Clark after 23 minutes.
Kenedy lashed a shot wide from the edge of the box as Newcastle looked the greater threat in front of goal, but a moment of brilliance saw Burnley end a testing half on a high. Mee's long diagonal was met with force on the edge of the area by Vokes who looped a header over the poorly positioned Dubravka to half the deficit.
A frantic finale ensued as another long ball forward was knocked down by Vokes into the path of strike partner Wood, who saw a powerful near-post drive tipped over by Dubravka as Newcastle clung onto the lead.
Newcastle should have restored their two-goal lead within four minutes of the restart when DeAndre Yedlin pounced on a loose ball and poked a cross towards Ritchie, via Hart's fingertips, at the back post but the midfielder inexcusably missed the open goal from two yards to let Burnley off the hook.
Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez made a change apiece as Robbie Brady replaced Johann Berg Gudmundsson for Burnley and Ciaran Clark came in for Paul Dummett in the Newcastle defence.
Wood should have punished Ritchie's howler but failed to convert three presentable chances as he shot straight at Dubravka, was denied by a last-gasp Yedlin block and blazed an Aaron Lennon cross over from 12 yards during seven frenetic second-half minutes.
Newcastle failed to put the game to bed on 80 minutes as a flowing counter released Joselu, who saw a shot cannon off the frame of the Burnley goal, but it proved immaterial as Vokes headed over in stoppage-time as the Clarets' last chance to snatch a point evaporated.
- Burnley have won just one of their last nine Premier League home games (D2 L6).
- Newcastle enjoyed their first win in their last 11 Premier League games played on a Monday night.
- 54.5 per cent of Newcastle's Premier League goals this season have been headers (6/11), a league-high proportion.
- Newcastle United's opener against Burnley on 3 minutes 35 seconds was their earliest away Premier League goal since Yohan Cabaye scored against Sunderland in October 2012 (2:10).
- Since the start of 2016-17, only Lewis Dunk (4) has scored more own-goals in the Premier League than Burnley's Ben Mee (3, level with Ryan Shawcross).
- Newcastle's Ciaran Clark has bagged two goals in his last four Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 25.
- Matt Ritchie has registered 14 league assists for Newcastle United since joining the Magpies ahead of 2016-17, more than any other player for the club.
- Burnley's Sam Vokes' goal was scored from 17.65 yards out, the furthest distance for a headed Premier League goal since Jamie Vardy for Leicester against Sunderland in August 2015 (18.03).
Sean Dyche: "There were some moments of real good play. Looking beyond the result, because it's a season's work, then we are starting to come back to what we think we can be. But of course, you've got to get a result, that's the business we are in. We have to earn the right, nobody gives you anything in football, we know that, performance levels aside."
Rafa Benitez: "We had an idea how to play against a physical team that was strong. The effort and attitude of the players was great, they stuck to the game plan. The team are beginning to look like what we can be, but we have to get the right side of the margins because it is tight for teams like us. Landing on those right sides is so, so important."
Man of the Match - Federico Fernandez
The Argentinian was a force at the back for a Newcastle side that were made to dig deep for the victory after spurning a handful of chances at Turf Moor. The centre-back was unfortunate to have Newcastle's opener taken away from him after Mee's deflection but went on to excel at the heart of the Magpies' three-man defence with 82 touches and 69 passes, with an accuracy rate of 86.8 per cent.
Both clubs are back in action in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm, with Burnley travelling to Crystal Palace and Newcastle hosting West Ham at St James' Park.