Eddie Howe is confident his side at Newcastle can avoid relegation from the Premier League after claiming their first win of the season at home against Burnley on Saturday.
Callum Wilson scored the only goal at St James’ Park, directing the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box after Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope felt Joe Willock’s cross under pressure from Fabian Schar.
This victory allows the Magpies, who also obtained their first clean sheet of the campaign, to climb to 19th place in the standings, tied with 10 points with the last club Norwich and Burnley, 18th.
âOf course we can stand,â Howe said. âWe come from a difficult position and there is a long way to go, but I believe in what we are doing.
âWe tried to bring our philosophy to the team, to be forward thinking and more aggressive. Confidence is key in any sport and we lacked that, but today is a long way to rebuild that. “
The Magpies’ victory over Burnley will be followed by a series of intimidating fixtures this month, with games against Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United before the end of the year.
âHistorically we have said you have to take points away from the top teams and that will be the task in December,â added Howe, who admitted before. Tuesday draw with Norwich that the Magpies might struggle to attract players in January if they remain adrift near the bottom of the table.
“[The transfer window] will be important, but we like the players we have here and we have to maximize them first, âHowe said.
“The market is changing so much and quickly. People are planning this, but my only goal is to coach the team. I love working with this group. They are hungry and want to be successful.”
Burnley started off brilliantly and created the best openings before Wilson struck, with Maxwel Cornet coming in twice and Johann Berg Gudmundsson hitting the outside of the post via a Javier Manquillo deflection.
Matej Vydra also missed a superb opportunity to equalize on the stroke of half-time, obediently pulling over the crossbar of Matt Lowton’s right-wing delivery.
Miguel Almiron was played by Wilson in the second half, but Pope was denied a first goal in 26 league appearances.
The visitors thought they had equalized with seven minutes left, but Jay Rodriguez was in an offside position on a assist from Ashley Westwood.
The first of many for Newcastle?
It was far from pretty, but Howe is hopeful Saturday’s edgy victory can kick-start Newcastle’s campaign – nearly eight weeks after their Â£ 305million takeover backed by Saudi Arabia.
The Magpies had failed to beat four of the eight teams directly above them in the Premier League before Sean Dyche’s side visited, and they may have been fortunate enough not to fall behind soon the start as Burnley got off to the best start.
But Newcastle improved after Wilson’s opener – Joelinton and Jonjo Shelvey saw their efforts stalled before Willock ignited above the crossbar of Allan Saint-Maximin’s reduction.
A second goal would have eased some of the palpable tension around St James’ Park, but Almiron was denied by a magnificent one-handed Pope save before shooting straight at Nathan Collins after cutting his left foot at the edge of the zone .
Rodriguez beat Martin Dubravka late with a confident finish, but was denied a 100th career league goal by the assistant referee’s flag.
Howe, who has been hitting the air with full-time pleasure, will be delighted with Newcastle’s steadfast defensive performance, although – the first 20 minutes aside – they were rarely troubled by a toothless Burnley.
The visitors scored 10 attempts but their only legitimate shot on target came from Cornet in the first half.
Dyche’s side have been winless away in the Premier League since defeating Fulham in May.
- 19ManquilloBooked at 87 minutes
- 24AlmironReplaced byFernandezTo 85 ‘minutes
- tenSaint-MaximinReplaced byMurphyTo 90 + 1 ‘minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 2LowtonReplaced byRobertsTo 75 ‘minutes
- 22CollinsBooked at 75 minutes
- 7GudmundssonReplaced byRodriguezTo 80 ‘minutes
- 20HornReplaced byVydraTo 32 ‘minutes
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The match ends, Newcastle United 1, Burnley 0.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Burnley 0.
Failed attempt. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Failed attempt. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.
Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) is shown a yellow card.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Federico FernÃ¡ndez replaces Miguel AlmirÃ³n.
Offside, Burnley. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.
Failed attempt. James Tarkowski (Burnley) ‘s header from the left side of the penalty area is high and wide on the right. Passed by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.
Coin, Burnley. Licensed by Javier Manquillo.
Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces JÃ³hann Gudmundsson.
Corner, Newcastle United. Licensed by Nick Pope.
Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Corner, Newcastle United. Licensed by Connor Roberts.
Corner, Newcastle United. Licensed by Nathan Collins.
Attempt blocked. Miguel AlmirÃ³n (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joelinton.
Corner, Newcastle United. Licensed by James Tarkowski.
Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Newcastle United. Licensed by Connor Roberts.
Nathan Collins (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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