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Newcastle rout sends Burnley close to the drop

ALEXANDER Isak scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season as Newcastle United moved into sixth place in the standings with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Burnley which left the hosts on the brink of relegation.

Newcastle, on 56 points from 35 games, kept alive their hopes of playing European football next season as Callum Wilson, Sean Longstaff and Bruno Guimaraes also got on the scoresheet, the day soured only slightly by Isak’s missed penalty.

Burnley scored a late consolation through Dara O’Shea but are five points from safety with two games left and could have their relegation confirmed when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday.

Newcastle’s first goal was their 75th of the season, a club record in a 38-game Premier League campaign, and they are now two points above seventh-placed Manchester United having played a game more.

“When we’re really aggressive and running forward we are a really good team. It’s been there in fits and starts this season, but a really good day and something to build on,” Longstaff told the BBC.

“We’ve got the luxury, when everyone is fit, of some elite forward players.”

Newcastle took the lead in the 19th minute when Isak’s shot from six yards was parried by home goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, and Wilson had a tap-in.

The visitors doubled their advantage when Jacob Murphy provided a pull-back from the by-line and Longstaff swept the ball into the far corner of the net with a first-time shot.

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Two goals became three in 40 minutes as Burnley gave away possession cheaply in their half and the lively Anthony Gordon, in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate, teed up Guimaraes for another composed side-footed finish.

Newcastle were awarded a penalty five minutes into the second period when Gordon was hauled down in the box by Josh Brownhill.

Isak saw his effort saved by Muric low to his left and Newcastle, having scored their last 18 Premier League penalties in a row, failed from 12-yards for the first time since 2021.

But three minutes later Isak did find the back of the net with the Burnley defence in disarray, rifling the ball into the top corner.

The home side got a late goal when O’Shea headed a corner back across goal and the ball looped into the net.

“We came up against a better side. I don’t think we lacked opportunities to be dangerous ourselves, we just couldn’t match Newcastle in most areas of the pitch,” Burnley manager Vincent Kompany said.

“The fact of the matter is we play the last game against (Nottingham) Forest. We can’t control what they do, we can’t control what Luton does.

“We have one game to play in between and in that one game we need something special.”

By The African Mirror