Sunday 15 December 2019

Darlow's own goal breaks Magpies hearts

Newcastle Utd 1 Burnley 1

Newcastle United's Joselu shoots. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Newcastle United's Joselu shoots. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Martin Hardy

There were five minutes remaining, and Tyneside was ready to celebrate after another tumultuous week, when Sam Vokes headed goalwards at the Gallowgate End of St James' Park.

Karl Darlow instinctively stuck out a left hand, his save deflected the ball on to the crossbar, it came down, hit the back of his head and went into the Newcastle goal.

Tyneside was once more left stunned with the events of its football club. This is not new.

Few clubs move through the emotional gears like Newcastle United; anger at missing out on Daniel Sturridge on Tuesday; the manager's frustration; hope at the loan signing of Islam Slimani from Leicester last night; a banner unveiled before kick off criticising the Newcastle owner.

And then a display that deserved to bring a first home win since October. Kenedy, a fine debutant and another January signing, striking the post after a curling effort was tipped on to the post at full stretch by Nick Pope as early as the 17th minute.

The same player winning a season's first penalty that was then missed by Joselu.

Burnley's Charlie Taylor (left) and Newcastle United's Christian Atsu battle for the ball. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Burnley's Charlie Taylor (left) and Newcastle United's Christian Atsu battle for the ball. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Kenedy, deservedly, created the opener when captain Jamaal Lascelles timed his run perfectly, glancing a near-post header into the Burnley goal.

A rousing night, a fine display, until Ben Mee saw his header deflected over for a corner, Kevin Long flicked on and Vokes headed goalwards as the home fans held their breath.

Darlow tipped the effort on to the crossbar but the rebound clipped the goalkeeper's head.

Pain was tangible when Vokes ran to celebrate. Newcastle are just a point above the relegation zone. It never seems easy. (© Independent News Service)

Burnley's Sam Vokes scores their first goal as Newcastle United's Karl Darlow attempts to save. Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters
Burnley's Sam Vokes scores their first goal as Newcastle United's Karl Darlow attempts to save. Photo: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

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