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Newcastle United 2 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
February 26 2019

Two first-half goals hand Clarets first Premier League defeat of 2019. On the warmest winter’s day on record, the Clarets lost away from home for the first time since the week before Christmas. It’s been that long. 

 A fifth successive away game without defeat in the top flight for the first time in 53 years therefore eluded them as Burnley’s unbeaten Premier League run ended at eight matches.

 It was great while it lasted, and the benefit is a place six points above the relegation zone before Southampton play on Wednesday night.

 Should the Saints win it will remain at five, even though Newcastle pushed Sean Dyche’s side a place down the table to 15th thanks to a fourth successive home win secured by first-half goals from Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff.

 The frustrating thing from a Burnley point of view was that Rafael Benitez’s side needed to do no more than that to continue their recent progress as they kept the Clarets at arm’s length.

 Two missed chances just before the break were the nearest Burnley came to getting something out of the contest.

 But after the recent endeavours they have put in, peaking with last Saturday’s win over title-chasing Tottenham, Dyche’s men could be excused a low-key performance before they re-group ready to go again against Crystal Palace next weekend.

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Match Report