Burnley beat Newcastle 1-0 at Turf Moor to bounce back from a run that had seen them lose three ​Premier League games in a row on Saturday afternoon.


The hosts started the brightest and looked threatening down the flanks with Dwight McNeil constantly producing crosses, but Newcastle's defence held strong. Newcastle worked their way into the game but Andy Carroll squandered a good chance in the first half when he should have done better.

Both teams looked edgy and nervous throughout as if a point would suffice for both of them. However, a goal soon came as Chris Wood opened the scoring for Burnley from an Ashley Westwood corner. Martin Dubravka will feel he could've done better with the ball swirling in the wind.


The game got a bit feistier and ​Carroll could've seen red when he was punished for an elbow. Dwight Gayle was brought on late on as Newcastle pushed for an equaliser, and had a great chance to level the score, but missed a huge chance after good work from Joelinton. 

Burnley though were able to hold on in the last five minutes and move a place and point behind Newcastle in the league table.


BURNLEY


Key Talking Point


Burnley came into the game having lost three in the row and Sean Dyche was looking for a reaction from his Clarets side, who were sliding towards the bottom three. 

Sean Dyche

They would have seen this a game that they would expect to win at Turf Moor. There's a collection of teams just outside the top four that are fighting for European football and Burnley could be one of them.


If Dyche and his side can keep their best players in the window and go on a run over the festive period then they are certainly in contention for top seven. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Pope (6); Bardsley (6), Tarkowski (7), Mee (6), Pieters (6); Hendrick (5), Westwood (7), Cork (6), McNeil (8*); Wood (7), Barnes (6)


Substitutes: Rodriguez (N/A)


STAR PLAYER - Dwight McNeil is constantly being linked with bigger clubs in the Premier League and it is easy to see why.

Dwight McNeil

He was a constant threat down the left wing for the Clarets, producing several chances for the front two. 


If he continues this kind of form it wouldn't be surprising to see someone come in for the 20-year-old Englishman.


NEWCASTLE


Key Talking Point


Newcastle had enjoyed a bit of a mini revival in their last five games and had climbed up into 11th. They'd won back-to-back games against Sheffield United and Southampton and were hoping for another at Turf Moor.

Steve Bruce

However, they looked poor for the majority of the game and when they went 1-0 down they didn't look as if they had a plan B. 


They certainly had chances to get back into the game but wasted them when given the opportunity. Steve Bruce will want a better performance next weekend.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Dubravka (5); Manquillo (5), Schar (6), Fernandez (5), Dummett (7*), Willems (5); Atsu (6), Longstaff (6), Hayden (7), Joelinton (6); Carroll (5)


Substitutes: Gayle (6), Muto (N/A)


STAR PLAYER - Not many ​Newcastle players played well here, but Paul Dummett looked assured at the back for the Magpies.

Paul Dummett,Phil Bardsley

He was part of a backline that managed to keep the Burnley front two quiet for much of the game, clearing plenty of crosses that came in from the wings.


Dummett has slotted in at the back since Jamaal Lascelles' injury and has done well ever since then. 


Looking Ahead​

Burnley make the journey to the south coast to face Bournemouth next Saturday looking to build on these three points.


Meanwhile, Newcastle return to St. James' Park and host Crystal Palace on Saturday hoping to improve on this performance.