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.

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.

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City: An own goal divides them

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  • Joselu scores early
  • Mahrez levels, 20′
  • WATCH: First two goals
  • Gray, Gayle trade goals
  • Ayoze own goal the difference

An 87th minute own goal doomed the hosts as Leicester City’s fine form continued with a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray scored after Leicester had gone down 1-0, and Leicester is on 23 points after the win.

Joselu and Dwight Gayle scored for Newcastle, which is now just two points clear of the drop zone.

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Matt Ritchie won a free kick in the first minute with a darting dribble, and the dangerous midfielder lorded over a chance from the right. Ben Chilwell headed it out for a corner, and Ritchie’s offer from the right was cleared by Leicester.

Dwight Gayle led Newcastle in front with a well-timed run down the left complete with a cutback for Joselu. The Spaniard didn’t have much to do but finish: 1-0.

Wilfried Ndidi and Demarai Gray both speculated in the first 20 minutes, but neither found the Newcastle frame.

Mahrez scored a fantastic goal to make it 1-1 in the 20th minute, walking past Isaac Hayden and ripping a left-footed effort beyond Darlow’s grasp.

Jamie Vardy believed he’d done enough to win a penalty from DeAndre Yedlin, but Neil Swarbrick was unmoved by the 28th minute plea.

Leicester controlled the the match until a horrific giveaway allowed Jacob Murphy a chance from the catbird seat. Kasper Schmeichel poked the ball out for a corner, and Leicester dealt with the set piece.

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Joselu headed a corner kick wide of the frame in the 52nd minute as Newcastle looked to retake control.

It was Leicester who’d next seize the lead, as Gray ripped a shot off Florian Lejeune‘s rear end and into the upper 90. 2-1 visitors, 60’.

Darlow stopped Mahrez’s 66th minute bid to expand Leicester’s lead.

Gayle made it 2-2 after a ping-ponging corner fell for him at the right. The 23-goal Championship man saw his right-footed rip deflect past Schmeichel.

The scorer nearly sent SJP into bedlam when he dragged a shot just wide of the far post in the 78th.

Substitute attacker Ayoze Perez put the ball in his own goal in a bid to break up a 4v2 from Leicester.

WATCH: More Mahrez wizardry draws Leicester level at Newcastle

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It’s 1-1 at St. James’ Park after Riyad Mahrez found a brilliant equalizer for visiting Leicester City on Sunday.

The Algerian wizard continues to hearken back to his World XI form of two seasons ago, this time finding an alarming amount of space.

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Once free of Isaac Hayden, Mahrez lashed a spinning effort around Karl Darlow to even the score up North.

Newcastle United had taken an early lead through Joselu‘s harvest of a great run and cutback from Dwight Gayle.

Benitez lays out safety path for struggling Newcastle

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Newcastle United has lost four-straight Premier League matches, but manager Rafa Benitez says the club is not far off from its goals.

The Magpies were belted by Watford on Saturday, the latest in a string of losses started by Burnley, Bournemouth, and Manchester United.

Two of those were at home, and the Toon Army is less than enthused with a club which seemed ahead of its projections during a nice run earlier in the season.

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Not-so-fast, says Rafa, who was not allowed to meet the wages or transfer fees of many of his required targets this summer. The goal is 20 points in the first 19 matches, and 20 in the second.

Newcastle has 14, and needs six points from its next six matches to meet Rafa’s pace. The Magpies play West Brom on Tuesday before meeting Chelsea, Leicester, West Ham, Everton, and Arsenal.

That puts a big circle on the Hawthorns trip:

“You can lose against the top teams but we have to compete against Huddersfield, against Brighton or against Burnley but we couldn’t sign players that they signed. We couldn’t pay the wages that they paid, so that is what we have.”

Benitez has riffed on the “know who we are” underdog/siege mentality since the summer, and perhaps before it. Top-end talent is at a minimum around St. James Park, and the strength lies in its center back corps when healthy.

Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic couldn’t finish their chances in the loss to Watford, and Benitez didn’t exactly endorse the former when asked about the side’s weak strike production. Newcastle bought Joselu from Stoke for under $7 million (£5) this summer.

“Our reality is if you want to buy a striker that scores 20 goals every year you have to pay now £40m,” said Benitez.

“An average striker is £15, £20, £25m, if he kicks the ball forward it’s £15m – if he scores it’s £25m. We didn’t do that, we didn’t do that and that’s it. We need to know who we are and where we are.”

Rafa’s a savvy actor, and knows this puts pressure on owner Mike Ashley when it comes to takeover bids. Stories in the media say Benitez would be backed big in January by new ownership, and fans very much want Ashley out of the picture. The London businessman, however, is anything but easily swayed and has a stubborn streak. Will this help?