Newcastle end Burnley’s unbeaten run to move up to 13th
A stunning strike from Fabian Schar and youngster Sean Longstaff’s first goal for the club gave Newcastle United a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday.
Newcastle’s fourth straight home win moved Rafa Benitez’s team up 13th place, above Burnley, whose eight game unbeaten run came to an end.
Swiss defender Schar smashed a fierce drive from 28 metres off the inside of the post and past a helpless Burnley keeper Tom Heaton to put the Magpies ahead in the 24th minute.
Home keeper Martin Dubravka then did well to keep out a volley from in-form Burnley striker Chris Wood after a rare spell of pressure from the visitors.
Newcastle went 2-0 up when local-born midfielder Longstaff reacted well after Burnley failed to deal with Matt Ritchie’s left-wing cross and drove low past Heaton.
Burnley defender James Tarkowski missed a great chance from close range shortly before the break but Sean Dyche’s side were well below-par and struggled to create chances in the second half.
REUTERS/Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar