TALKING POINTS: Burnley 1, Newcastle United 2

Burnley suffered defeat from a winning position for a second-successive Sunday.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 4:36 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th April 2021, 4:38 pm
Allan Saint-Maximin scores the winner
Allan Saint-Maximin scores the winner

The Clarets led 1-0 at the break through Matej Vydra's finish, after great work from strike partner Chris Wood.

But Newcastle substitute Allan Saint-Maximin came off the bench to create the equaliser and score the winner within 10 minutes of being introduced - a result which left Fulham six points adrift of safety.

Here are the talking points:

NO ANSWER TO ASM

For all Burnley's chances, registering 21 shots to Newcastle's 10, and 13 corners to three, this game was settled by two interventions from Magpies' substitute Allan Saint-Maximin within eight minutes of being introduced.

The effervescent Frenchman tied up Dwight McNeil by the byeline before pulling the ball back for Jacob Murphy to fire in the equaliser, before being granted the freedom of Turf Moor to drive forward, chop back and find the corner.

It was the first time he had scored and assisted in a game since Newcastle beat the Clarets 3-1 at St James' Park earlier in the season.

Burnley were introduced to him in a 6-1 friendly win over Patrick Vieira's Nice in the summer of 2019, when Chris Wood helped himself to a hat-trick.

Saint-Maximin scored Nice's consolation, and stood out with his individual brilliance, shortly before completing a big-money move to the north east.

The Clarets have been unable to live with him since, and he could have earned another assist after strolling past James Tarkowski, who did well to get back and block on the line from Miguel Almiron.

He ended up with the man of the match award for half an hour's work, but all he needed was a third of that time.

It was frustrating, as Burnley largely dominated proceedings, in terms of territory and the feel of the game, and defeat ultimately felt self-inflicted - for all Saint-Maximin's pace and dribbling ability, both goals were so easily avoidable.

HOME FORM AN ISSUE

After five-successive home draws, Burnley avoided a Premier League record sixth, but they have now gone eight games in all competitions without a victory at Turf Moor, and they have only won once in 11 outings on home soil, against Aston Villa.

In a topsy-turvy season without fans, away wins have been more prevalent, and one only has to look at Liverpool's six-consecutive defeats at Anfield, after four years unbeaten, to see the effect a lack of home support has had.

But the Clarets have to find a way to get back to winning ways at home before the season is out, as they continue to scrape their way towards survival, doing things the hard way.

Burnley have shown they can go anywhere and beat anyone, however, and Dyche is not overly concerned - just as he found a solution to the Clarets only winning once away from home in 2016/17: "No, you've just got to win games, home and away, it's one thing, it has been peculiar how it's changed, which we imagine is down to not having crowds in, our crowd support us very well here, very powerfully, so we can only imagine that.

"But today wasn't about crowds or no crowds, it was about seeing a game through and winning.

NO OPTIONS OFF THE BENCH

Sean Dyche is often one who doesn't turn to his bench until late in games, if at all.

And when you looked at the nine on the sidelines - without strikers Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez, and winger Robbie Brady, Dyche was desperately short of players who could turn a game if required, while Newcastle's match winner came off the bench.

Joel Mumbongo came on in the first of four added minutes, but surely we could have seen the likes of Jack Cork or Charlie Taylor enter the fray earlier, with Burnley looking like they just needed fresh legs after going behind.

Dyche said afterwards: "I don't cry it in too much because they are young players and they get the chance to be involved and feel what it's like to be in the Premier League, that's a positive in itself, but often it is tricky.

"People often talk about me changing the team, but it is tricky when you look at some of the other teams and how they can change things off the bench.

"We have been limited this season, it's not a new thing, it has been a regular thing, but today was an obvious show of that."

OPEN GAMES

For the second-successive game, Burnley - who you fancy for a result when they get their noses in front of virtually any side at this level - not only threw away a lead, but conspired to suffer defeat.

Both the game at Southampton and this against Newcastle were wide-open entertaining affairs, which would have been good value for the neutrals watching.

But give me a dour 1-0 backs to the wall smash and grab any time.

The Clarets were described as "naive" by boss Sean Dyche last week, but didn't learn their lesson.

After Murphy's leveller, as at St Mary's, Burnley were unable to keep things calm and manage the game for a spell, and 1-1 became 2-1 down shortly after, with frailties against pace on the counter attack exposed again.

Newcastle's winner came with Burnley caught up field, a simple pass into the centre circle allowing Saint-Maximin to drive at the defence and cause havoc.

RECORD AGAINST SIDES AT THE BOTTOM

Burnley have long since shown that they can pick up results against any side in the Premier League, and they remain on track for a sixth-successive season at this level.

However, in a season where they have enjoyed wins at the Emirates, Anfield and Goodison Park, they have struggled against the sides in and around them in the table.

Although they beat bottom side Sheffield United 1-0 at Turf Moor in December, they have lost twice to Newcastle and Southampton, played out two goal-less draws with West Brom - the second against a side down to 10 men for an hour, drawn home and away with Brighton, and drawn at home to Fulham.

That is eight points from 30, which could have proved costly in another season.

Yes, it doesn't matter who you beat, as long as you pick up enough points, but the big results - the shocks - are often few and far between.

Burnley are usually so strong against sides outside the established Big Six, and they will have to get back to those standards next season, or it could catch up with them.