Newcastle United 1-1 Burnley: Controversial equalizer

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  • Joselu missed penalty
  • Kenedy impresses on NUFC debut
  • Lascelles puts hosts ahead
  • Controversial equalizer

Sam Vokes forced Karl Darlow into an own goal off a late and wrongly-awarded corner kick as Burnley came back to draw Newcastle United 1-1 at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.

Newcastle is one point clear of the drop zone, while Burnley pulls ahead of Leicester into 7th place with 35 points.

Jamaal Lascelles scored for Newcastle, which led in the 85th minute when Darlow avoided touching a lofted ball over the bar and Burnley was still awarded a corner.

Chelsea loanee Kenedy starred for the Magpies before subbing off, though many will also be talking about Joselu’s missed penalty kick.

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Kenedy created a brilliant left-footed chance in the 17th minute, cranking a shot that Nick Pope may have turned off the post. Christian Atsu hit the rebound right to Pope to let Burnley off the hook.

The next stage saw Burnley in charge, and the match became a series of shoulder barges and chippy challenges. The Clarets had a goal called back for a foul, and saw penalty shouts turned aside.

Ex-Sunderland man Phil Bardsley took down Kenedy in the box, and the loan man gave his new club a great chance. Joselu’s chance was saved by Pope.

The Magpies didn’t lose their composure, though, winning a series of corners and almost seeing Ciaran Clark head past Pope on one of them. A Mohamed Diame bicycle kick missed the mark on another.

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A Kenedy corner kick was headed over goal by Joselu to start the second half, and Barnes blazed over the bar at the other end.

Ayoze Perez won his men a terrific corner in the 54th minute. After a brief discussion with Kenedy and Jamaal Lascelles, Perez sent a poor offering over the goal.

Kenedy then won another corner, sent it in, and Lascelles buried another huge goal for NUFC.

It should’ve been 2-0 when substitute Jacob Murphy played Joselu in for a shot he dragged wide of the goal.

Burnley equalized on that corner kick that should’ve never been, as Darlow didn’t touch the ball on a header over goal. And then touched it twice as Vokes headed on goal.

Transfer rumor roundup: Strikers for strugglers

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The Premier League’s transfer window has only a few days left, and strikers are on the menu this Sunday night.

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Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre says West Bromwich Albion is hoping to pry unhappy Watford hero Troy Deeney from Vicarage Road to the Hawthorns for $23 million.

Deeney joined Watford from League One side Walsall in 2010, and has scored 109 goals for the club in its rise from the Championship to the Premier League. He scored 13 goals in first PL season, 10 his second, but has netted just twice in 15 league contests this season.

Speaking of strikers moving between Premier League sides, Crystal Palace is pursuing Burnley striker Ashley Barnes. The 28-year-old has been at Turf Moor since 2014, and has 14 Premier League goals in three seasons. Sky says Burnley would not have much interest in selling Barnes, whose head may already be turned after unexpected rumors of Chelsea interest.

With Feyenoord playing hardball over its Nicolai Jorgensen fee, The Daily Mail says Newcastle United is looking at another strike option in the form of Viktoria Plzen center forward Michael Krmencik.

The 6-foot-3 striker is valued at $14 million, having scored 16 goals in 20 matches across all competitions. Three of those have come in the Europa League, and two in Champions League qualification.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez also wants Martin Dubravka of Sparta Prague to challenge Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot between the sticks at St. James’ Park.

Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle: Blues onto 5th round

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Antonio Conte and Co. shook off their disappointing midweek effort against Arsenal with a convincing outing at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fifth round.

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Chelsea picked up a 3-0 victory against Newcastle on Sunday, behind a pair of Michy Batshayi goals and Marcos Alonso‘s second-half free kick.

Significant pressure early and often from the hosts proved to be a lot to handle for the Magpies, who conceded twice in the first stanza.

Batshuayi opened the scoring in the 31st minute, when he tapped home a close-range effort that started from a clever Pedro long ball into the path of Eden Hazard.

12 minutes later, the Belgian international secured his brace with a thunderous strike that deflected off the leg of Jamaal Lascelles and over goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

The clincher came in the 72nd minute from a familiar spot on the field, when Alonso scored another brilliant free kick to extend the Blues lead to 3-0.

With the match already swaying in favor of Conte’s group, the Italian manager opted to bring on 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi in the closing minutes.

The England Under-17 international played a role in the team’s World Cup triumph in 2017, in addition to winning an FA Youth Cup with the Blues.

Chelsea is the sixth Premier League side to book its place in the fifth round, with several clubs needing to play replays to determine their FA Cup fate.

Man City 3-1 Newcastle: Aguero with perfect hat trick

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  • Aguero nets thrice
  • Bags second half PK
  • City table lead at 12 points
  • Newcastle two points clear of 18th

Sergio Aguero scored three times to continue his mastery of Newcastle United as Manchester City bounced back to post a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Jacob Murphy scored a second half goal to pull Newcastle to within one before Aguero finished his second hat trick of the season. The Argentine scored three and posted an assist against Watford on Sept. 16.

The win gives Man City 65 points, 12 more than second place Manchester United, and improves their goal differential to 51.

Newcastle sits 15th with 23 points.

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Newcastle high-pressed to start, and troubled Ederson was happy to see Oleksandar Zinchenko defy a Christian Atsu cross in the first 90 seconds.

The Magpies had a 3-5-2 which was five at the back when City had the ball (which was often). Leroy Sane seemed most poised to trigger a City goal, but it remained scoreless after a quarter hour.

Raheem Sterling scored an offside goal to complete a lightning counter attack, with David Silva‘s splendid pass denied an assist by the linesman’s rightly raised flag.

Silva was fouled on the edge of the 18, and Kevin De Bruyne presided over a dangerous free kick from the right only to rifled the ball over the goal.

Newcastle backstop Karl Darlow made a save a moment before City went ahead, as Aguero just deflected — we’re talking hair not head — a De Bruyne cross home.

Darlow made a fine save on De Bruyne in the 40th minute, and another just before the break as Newcastle limited the damage to 1-0.

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City again had trouble coming through Newcastle’s tight defense, and Isaac Hayden stopped a promising pass from Sane in the 61st minute.

Paul Tierney awarded a penalty to City in the 62nd minute when Raheem Sterling dove under a Javier Manquillo challenge, and Aguero placed a perfect penalty past a correctly guessing Darlow.

Murphy then got his first goal for his club on the counter, chipping Ederson after a seeing-eye pass from Ciaran Clark put the ex-Norwich man 1v1 with the goalkeeper.

Darlow denied Sterling with an outstanding diving save after Sane’s terrific cross was turned toward the Magpies’ goal.

Newcastle could’ve had it at 2-2 when Ederson stopped Mo Diame’s hard shot but spilled the ball back to the Magpies, only to save Ayoze Perez’s rebound work.

De Bruyne and Aguero both missed curling far post efforts in bids to restore the two-goal cushion. Aguero completed his hat trick thanks to a terrific Sane assist in the 83rd minute.

Newcastle United 1-1 Swansea City: Level at St James’

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  • Newcastle one loss in six
  • Swans score just 14th goal of season
  • Super sub Joselu levels

Joselu played the role of super sub to deny the visitors a rare win as Newcastle United drew Swansea City 1-1 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Jordan Ayew gave the Welsh visitors a surprise lead, but the concession has Carlos Carvalhal’s club last in the Premier League with 17 points. Newcastle moves three points above the drop before its visit to Manchester City.

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The hosts were all over the basement dwellers to start the match, but time and again the final pass was a bit off the mark.

When it was on, like when Ayoze Perez did dynamite work in the 12th minute to cue up a point-blank header, the finish was missing: Dwight Gayle headed nowhere near the goal.

Perez was very good early, denied by Lukasz Fabianski following a delightful feed from Matt Ritchie.

Christian Atsu was ripped down atop the 18, dead center, in what was dangerously close to a penalty area. Jonjo Shelvey ripped his effort over the goal, and it was Newcastle who were off the hook for a PK when a Mohamed Diame handball was deemed acceptable at the other end.

After a rare Swans chance, a lazy Gayle was offside to nod in what would’ve been an opener.

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Perez intercepted a Sam Clucas miscue and set Gayle up for a 49th minute chance but the Englishman missed yet another opportunity.

Of course, Swans found the opener. Karl Darlow stopped Jordan Ayew’s opening header with a fantastic palm save, but cold only get a finger to the rebound on its way to goal.

Joselu tied the score through traffic at an acute angle after Shelvey sent Perez over the top with a diagonal ball. Fabianski was tight to his post and missed the shot.

Fabianski then thwarted Perez’s bid for a back post goal, and the ball went off the Spaniard for a goal kick.

It was mostly Newcastle without incisive threat for the final 20 minutes. That changed when Ritchie and Atsu lorded over an 88th minute free kick, but no one followed his offering to the back post.

Yet a stoppage time counter nearly defied the Magpies dominance but for Karl Darlow’s aggression and a DeAndre Yedlin clearance off the line.