In another defiant display for Premier League survival, Newcastle United brushed aside a Burnley team who were still soaring over their victory against Tottenham at the weekend.
Centre-back Fabian Schar has made a bit of a habit of netting for Newcastle this season and he added another goal to his tally last night top open the scoring against Burnley, after firing in a sumptuous shot from outside the box which clattered the inside of the post and found its way into the back of the net (24).
Bargain find Martin Dubravka was on hand to deny Chris Wood from finding an equaliser, before Matt Ritchie’s well-placed cross found the incredibly impressive Sean Longstaff, who’s really catapulted onto the scene of late, who to score his first ever Premier League goal.
The visitors had a slim chance of reviving their chances when a Matt Richie appeared to take out Gudmundsson in the box, but the penalty claims were waved away, and in the final moments of the first-half hopes of a quick response were dashed when James Tarkowski ballooned his effort over the bar from six-yards out.
The England international was gifted with another golden opportunity from a corner early in the second-half but again couldn’t make the chance pay.
The game produced very few chances after that with Newcastle putting in a typically staunch defensive performance.
One step closer to safety.
Fabian Schar was the Man of the Match for his quality efforts at the back and lightening goal, but Sean Longstaff really deserves credit.
The young midfielder – who only has a Transfermarkt rating of £135k – has been a revelation since making his debut and continued that run of form with another impressive game against Burnley.
A typically solid performance in the centre-midfield role helping in both attack and defensive, his tireless efforts were rewarded when he initiated the attack to score his first Premier League goal.