Steve Bruce secured a first home win of the season against a faltering Burnley on a drenched Saturday night in the north east.
Questions were asked of the decision to exclude Miguel Almiron once again from the starting line-up, but the team selection proved more than enough to sweep aside Sean Dyche’s men.
Allan Saint-Maximin showed just how crucial he is to this team with an unstoppable driving dribble in the first half, twisting and turning before stroking his shot past Nick Pope. His dribbles caused the opposition so much of a problem that he was almost kicked off the park.
Luckily for Newcastle, he hobbled on and managed to leave Charlie Taylor for dead on the right wing to set up Callum Wilson’s first of the night shortly after Ashley Westwood and equalised at the other end. Bruce seemed to change up the formation early in the second half, possibly to protect the Frenchman from further punishment.
Newcastle had been fairly comfortable before the equaliser, but it was a potential game changing moment. Instead, Newcastle found a second wind and started to show more attacking intention.
Ryan Fraser came on with 20 minutes left to play and looked very lively. The skiddy pitch meant a higher chance of defensive errors, and a bit of high pressing unsettled Pope enough to miscontrol a back pass. The Scotsman burst forward, drawing a foul from the keeper, and it was a clear penalty decision.
For the second time in two matches, Wilson coolly netted from 12 yards securing all three points for the home side and a personally impressive start to his Newcastle United with his fourth goal in as many games.
The international break now gives Bruce and his squad a chance to rest and recuperate, as they remarkably sit in the top six at time of writing, and with a positive goal difference.
Adam Widdrington (@AddingRandomWit)