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Draw helps battling Burnley out of relegation zone

Burnley climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September after extending their undefeated run to four matches.

The match itself was unremarkable, an occasionally untidy Turf Moor scuffle lit up by George Boyd's 20-yard opener for the hosts and Yoann Gouffran's clever flick that teed up Papiss Cisse's equaliser.

But the significance of escaping the bottom three is huge to Sean Dyche's Clarets.

Burnley's resurgence has been built around the return to form and fitness of Danny Ings and although absent from the scoresheet he was again in excellent form.

David Jones' one-touch pass set Burnley off in attack, giving Scott Arfield licence to run before touching the ball through for Ings.

With three striped shirts close by, he negotiated room to shoot where a square pass for Boyd might have been the wiser move.

It would not have mattered had his effort nestled in the top corner but Elliot beat the ball away one-handed.

The Clarets continued to probe, Kieran Trippier catching the back four flat with a clever chipped pass that Ashley Barnes could only turn into a corner.

Soon after Barnes flashed over from an even better opening after good hold-up work from Ings.

Newcastle were playing largely on the counter but began to string chances together, Sammy Ameobi stretching Tom Heaton with a skiddy shot across goal and Cisse blazing high into the stands following a deft set-up by Gouffran.

Heaton made a second decent save after 32 minutes, rushing to smother Mehdi Abeid's toe punt.

But it was Burnley who were playing with greater control and they were rewarded with the opening goal a minute later.

Ings turned Trippier's speculative long ball into something much more dangerous, winning the aerial battle and cushioning a perfect header into Boyd's path.

The Scot took a touch out of his feet and fired past the unsighted Elliot from 20 yards for his second of the season.

Within three minutes the scores were level.

Janmaat's cross was flicked on instincively by Gouffran at the near post and Cisse rifled home to the net from close range.


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