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Newcastle United 2 – 0 Burnley

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Newcastle United 2 – 0 Burnley. Newcastle’s patience paid off as they comfortably beat a Burnley side who remain in search of their first Premier League win of the season.

Miguel Almiron put Eddie Howe’s side ahead against the run of play on 14 minutes with a brilliant long-range strike into the top corner.

The Clarets had started the game strongly with an early chance for Zeki Amdouni, but Almiron’s strike took the wind out of their sails and Vincent Kompany’s men rarely threatened Nick Pope’s goal after.

The Magpies grew into the game and dominated throughout both halves, with Elliot Anderson, Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak all coming close.

The hosts eventually doubled their lead 15 minutes from time when Isak found the bottom-right corner from the penalty spot after Gordon was brought down by Ameen Al-Dakhil.

After an early blip in the season saw Newcastle lose three successive games, Howe’s side have now won three Premier League matches in a row and are unbeaten in their past five in all competitions, heading into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris St-Germain full of confidence.

One negative from the afternoon for Howe will be the withdrawal of Joelinton, who was taken off just four minutes after his second-half introduction on his return from a knee injury after pulling his hamstring when chasing a ball over the top of the Burnley defence.

Joelinton’s injury is one of a number of concerns for Howe, who after the game said: “It was always going to be that season where we will pick up injuries with the amount of games, but it’s something we want to avoid.”

With Harvey Barnes out for three months with a foot injury, first-team regulars Callum Wilson and Sven Botman were also missing for the visit of Burnley.

Still fighting on all fronts after the midweek Carabao Cup win over Manchester City, Wednesday’s visit of PSG will be a real indicator of where Howe’s side are at.

But it is now five successive clean sheets in all competitions for Newcastle, whose season seems to have a different complexion after their early stutter.

After shipping 11 goals in their opening three Premier League games, Burnley have now conceded four in their past three.

Kompany seems to have worked on shoring up the Clarets’ leaky defence, but problems at the other end of the pitch remain.

The Belgian will be encouraged by the bright start made by his side, with the game’s first real chance falling to Amdouni, but the Swiss midfielder’s first-time shot was well saved by goalkeeper Pope after Luca Koleosho got the better of Dan Burn following a slip from the defender.

Howe said “I don’t think there were any moments where they really looked like scoring” as Burnley managed just two shots on target at St James’ Park, keeping their Premier League tally for the season at four goals.

The Clarets have failed to score in three of their six games since their top-flight return, with only Everton failing to score in more this campaign.

The problems in front of goal were not helped by the absence of joint top scorer Lyle Foster, who completed his three-match ban. Kompany will be boosted by his return for Tuesday’s huge game at the foot of the table against Luton.

source – BBC

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Wolves 1-1 Nottingham Forest. Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper remains under pressure despite his side battling out a draw away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Harry Toffolo put Forest ahead with his first goal for the club, only for the hosts to peg them back via Matheus Cunha’s low strike.

It means that Forest have only won one of their past 12 games and are four points above the relegation zone.

Wolves, meanwhile, rise to 12th in the Premier League.

Toffolo put Forest ahead at Molineux after 12 minutes. The left wing-back rose to head home Neco Williams’ deep cross, beating the covering Wolves defenders.

But the hosts upped their game and equalised following a slick passing move, culminating in Pablo Sarabia cutting back for Cunha, with the Brazilian applying the finish.

Cheikhou Kouyate should have put Forest ahead shortly before half-time but was denied, one-on-one by Jose Sa, who returned in goal for Wolves after missing Tuesday’s win over Burnley with a back spasm.

Anthony Elanga smacked the bar from eight yards out early in the second half and Toffolo missed a golden chance with another header as Forest dominated while seeking a much-needed winner.

Despite a spirited display from his side, Cooper’s position remains under threat and the Forest manager was visibly emotional as he thanked the away fans after full-time, waving and thumping his chest.

Cooper appears to be on borrowed time as Forest manager despite Saturday’s result, which came on the back of a 5-0 defeat by Fulham on Wednesday.

If the man who guided his side back to the Premier League in 2022 is to leave the club, he will not go without trying everything first.

Cooper made seven changes to the starting XI from the side thumped at Craven Cottage, including a change of goalkeeper with Matt Turner returning and, crucially, a change of formation to a 3-5-2 after playing a back four against Fulham.

That change of shape was crucial in putting Forest ahead, as the wing-backs combined for the opener – Williams’ cross from the right met by Toffolo steaming in from the left.

It delighted the noisy and sizable travelling support, who sang Cooper’s name from the opening seconds to after the final whistle.

But despite all those changes, Forest remain porous at the back and were cut apart when Wolves got their passing moves going. They have now conceded 12 goals in their past four away league matches – and were grateful to Turner who made a good low save from Cunha in the second half.

While several of Wolves’ games this season have been defined more by VAR than action on the field, Gary O’Neil’s side are capable of playing some very good football.

Central to that is Cunha, who has become the fourth Brazilian to score or assist in five consecutive Premier League games, after Arsenal players Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli and former Manchester City midfielder Elano.

Wolves have now scored in 15 consecutive Premier League matches, as they climb further away from what looked like early relegation worries.

It also gave Gary O’Neil reason to cheer in his 50th Premier League game.

source – BBC

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Sheffield United 1-0 Brentford

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Sheffield United 1-0 Brentford. A wonderful goal by James McAtee was enough for Sheffield United to beat Brentford and give Blades manager Chris Wilder a first win since his return to the club.

The Manchester City loanee’s first Premier League goal lit up a rainy Bramall Lane in first-half injury time as he cut inside onto his left foot and curled a beautiful shot into the far corner.

Blades sub Anis Ben Slimane missed a great chance to make it 2-0 after 56 minutes but shot straight at Mark Flekken in the Brentford goal.

Brentford, without top scorer Bryan Mbeumo through injury, struggled to create many openings as they fell to a fourth defeat in their last five games.

The win is only Sheffield United’s second in the Premier League this season and came in Wilder’s second match back in charge following the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in midweek.

It was also the Blades’ first clean sheet of the season but it was not quite enough for them to jump off the foot of the table as they remain bottom on goal difference from Burnley, with both sides on eight points from 16 games.

It was a strong start by the hosts with Auston Trusty seeing an shot deflected wide by Frank Onyeka’s block and Andre Brooks involved in the early exchanges on his second Premier League start.

Trusty was shown the first yellow card of the game after 17 minutes for a lunge on Keane Lewis-Potter, who was one of three changes made by Thomas Frank after the midweek defeat at Brighton.

Ben Mee had a header comfortably dealt with by Blades goalkeeper Wes Foderingham in heavy rain during an opening half-hour in which neither goalkeeper was really tested.

Onyeka was cautioned for a tackle on Vini Souza with the high challenge checked for a potential red card by the video assistant referee but it remained a yellow.

The game suddenly sprung to life in the closing moments of the first half as Sheffield United forward Will Osula hit the side-netting after being played through by Gustavo Hamer before Brentford’s Neal Maupay was denied by Jack Robinson’s block.

McAtee’s goal came after the visitors made a mess of clearing the ball and Hamer found the 21-year-old who stepped inside and hit a shot which gave Flekken no chance.

The hosts had a great chance to double their lead shortly before the hour mark when Cameron Archer won possession from Mee and crossed for the arriving substitute Slimane but he shot straight at Flekken from close range.

The Bees threatened intermittently but failed to build-up any real momentum with Yoane Wissa, who has one goal in his last 14 games, twice seeing efforts saved comfortably by Foderingham.

Slimane missed another chance to make the win more comfortable by shooting into the side netting and there was one final scare for the home fans as Brentford claimed for a late penalty for handball but it was not given, allowing them to celebrate a much-needed win.

source – BBC

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