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Burnley take point

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    February 2, 2018 11:42 AM IST
    A super blue moon lightened Tyneside’s night sky but, by the final whistle, clouds were once again crowding in on Newcastle United. As Rafael Benítez’s relegation fears intensified it was crystal clear that Islam Slimani’s loan signing from Leicester City has not come a moment Cody Wichmann Authentic Jersey too soon. Men's Nike Game Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings Purple Jersey: NFL #33 Home With another loanee, Chelsea’s Kenedy, shining on his debut, Benítez should have celebrated a first home Premier League victory since October but instead Burnley’s Sean Dyche was the manager smiling broadly at the end after the substitute Sam Vokes forced Karl Darlow into an equalising own goal. “We had to win but we couldn’t do it,” said Newcastle’s manager, who is angry with the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, for not completing more transfer business much earlier on a night Aleksandar Mitrović left to join Fulham on loan and Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka arrived from Sparta Prague, also on loan. “We knew that bringing in players early was important for us, especially with games like Swansea [also drawn] and Burnley here this month.” This was a night Newcastle’s Womens Patrick Omameh Jersey supporters also made clear their feelings about Ashley. Prior to kick-off, a huge banner was unfurled in the Gallowgate End that read: “He is only one man, we are a city.” Kenedy had created the opening goal for Jamaal Lascelles, the breakthrough arriving shortly after news filtered through that Slimani had finally joined. As Slimani completed his medical, Kenedy announced his arrival with a ferocious shot which, much to the Gallowgate End’s disappointment, was tipped on to a post by Nick Pope. Although Christian Atsu met the rebound, the winger’s follow up shot was weak and easily saved by Dyche’s goalkeeper. Significantly Mo Diamé had been heavily involved in the preamble and, operating in his preferred holding role, the Senegal midfielder enjoyed a decent game. Diamé helped ensure Newcastle dominated possession but Burnley are nothing if not resilient and they took perverse delight in weathering the Geordie storm before gradually highlighting vulnerabilities in Benítez’s defence. Lascelles has so often proved the cornerstone of that unit but he seemed shaky in the face of Ashley Barnes’s manoeuvres, regressing to bad old habits at times. Across at left-back, Paul Dummett might have conceded a penalty Andy Pettitte Jersey after fouling Jack Cork, while Barnes had the ball in the back of the net only for that ‘goal’ to be disallowed for his perceived push on Lascelles. Disagreeing, Dyche thought it was a mere hand on the back and the defender had collapsed too easily. Newcastle should have taken the lead from the penalty spot after Kenedy was felled by Phil Bardsley. Joselu took the kick but never looked confident ahead of a poor attempt which the diving Pope saved easily. Earlier Ciaran Clark had missed a highly inviting headed chance which felt strangely emblematic of the numerous opportunities Benítez’s players have created but failed to convert in recent month. Slimani’s penalty area presence is much craved. The bad news for Dyche is that he must cope without Steven Defour for at least two months after Burnley’s star creator underwent knee surgery this week. All the early indications are that, further north and east, Kenedy can provide a similar sort of catalytic spark, not to mention helpfully join the dots between midfield and attack.
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