Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
By Burnley FC
October 30 2017
Sean Dyche was able to celebrate his fifth anniversary as Burnley manager in fitting style as Jeff Hendrick’s second-half winner propelled the Clarets back up the Premier League.
When Dyche took over in October, 2012, Burnley were languishing in 14th-place in the Championship.
Now, thanks to Hendrick’s second goal of the season and Dyche’s enduring qualities the Clarets sit seventh in the top flight.
It wasn’t a classic as Burnley ground out a second home win of the campaign.
But typical of Dyche’s side, they found a way, snuffing out virtually any threat from an in-form Newcastle United and then making it five 1-0 wins at Turf Moor during 2017 when Hendrick smuggled home the winning goal 16 minutes from the end of a landmark night.
With Chris Wood missing with the hamstring injury he sustained at Manchester City – where the Clarets lost for the first time in seven games – birthday boy Ashley Barnes got the nod to start up front.
Dyche also brought back Johann Berg Gudmundsson for a first start in five games in a bid to add an extra cutting edge to the Clarets from a wide position.
And Burnley responded with a high-tempo start in which Hendrick was presented with a chance after just 34 seconds.
James Tarkowski’s downward header from a Nick Pope free-kick got Hendrick in behind the visitors’ defence but from a testing angle, the Ireland international dragged his left-footed effort across the face of goal.
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