Newcastle United tried to change, yet everything remained the same. Their strikers are not a threat, their midfield does not create, they do not entertain and they do not score goals.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIt is starting to take its toll on all concerned. This was another ordeal, 90 minutes of effort but little more you can compliment.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIf Newcastle stay up, they will do so in the ugliest fashion. They have not scored in the league since Jan 21, four long games, and have not played well for even longer. It is now one win in 10 and they remain bottom of the table in just about every category used to measure a team’s attacking threat.
Steve Bruce knew he had to try something different and shifted to a 4-2-3-1 formation rather than play with five at the back, but Newcastle must be the only club in Europe who have managed to spend £80 million on attacking players in 12 months and forgotten to buy a goalscorer.
Newcastle had 21 shots on goal, but Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope did not have a difficult save to make. That tells you everything. “I thought we were more of a threat,” said Bruce – and he was just about correct.
In came Dwight Gayle for his first start since early in the year, which allowed Joelinton to play on the left. The Brazilian is supposedly more comfortable there, having played in that position for Hoffenheim, but he was as bad out wide as he has been through the middle.
Matt Ritchie was busy and can never be faulted for commitment or work rate, but he does not create or score enough goals at this level. Miguel Almirion is busy and bright. He never gives up or stops running, but his finishing is weak and has been since he arrived from Atlanta United a year ago.
Burnley were always going to be hard to break down, well organised, resolute and physical, but without Allan Saint-Maximin, who continues to struggle with the hamstring injury he suffered before Christmas, Newcastle did not have the flair or imagination needed to break them down.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe shift in formation was supposed to make Newcastle more dangerous, more creative, better equipped to put teams under pressure, less predictable and passive going forward. There was some improvement, but not enough to say it had been a success. Newcastle deal in half-chances, Gayle failing to control a through-ball when he would have been in on goal, failing to spot the unmarked Almiron in the second half, attempting but failing to execute a bicycle kick.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBurnley were slicker, confident and aggressive, but they also fail to score many goals and, other than a deep cross from Jay Rodriguez, which was going to be headed in by James Tarkowski, at the far post until Martin Dubravka got a hand to it, they rarely looked like scoring either.
Newcastle huffed and puffed, they kept trying, kept working but failed to take the chances they did create, Gayle heading wide before half time, so did Ritchie, Almiron’s goalbound shot was blocked by the face of Ben Mee after he scuffed another attempt into the hands of grateful Pope.
It was a similar story in the second. Burnley’s only clear chance coming from a tackle by Newcastle full back Danny Rose which sent the ball directly to Rodriguez, 10 yards behind the defence. He put his shot into the stand.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appSaint-Maximin arrived, the mood lifted and Burnley retreated, Ritchie’s powerful strike inches wide, but that was it. It was not fun but it did bring another point. “It was a below-par performance from us but it’s hard to be too critical because we’ve been playing so well,” Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, said. “But it’s another clean sheet, we were diligent and we got something from the game.”