Cisse earns point for Magpies as Clarets extend unbeaten run

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Cisse earns point for Magpies as Clarets extend unbeaten run

Alan Pardew must feel like he had been talking to a brick wall after it took a second-half equaliser from Papiss Cisse to ensure Newcastle didn’t pay the price for failing to listen to their manager.

Pardew had diligently highlighted the dangers posed by Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier, but the warning went unheeded as the duo played a central role in continuing Burnley’s upward curve of results that leave Sean Dyche’s side unbeaten in four games and showing signs of life after an abysmal start to the campaign.

The in-form pair combined to tee up George Boyd to score his second goal of the season before the break, just reward for the hosts’ dominance in that period. But the advantage was short-lived, as Cisse swept home a Yoan Gouffran flick from Daryl Janmaat’s cross thee minutes after the interval after the hosts failed to clear.

A point constitutes a decent return for Newcastle who, though not as patched-up as they at once feared, were manned by several players who wouldn’t find a place in the starting XI given a clean bill of health for the squad.

Burnley too will be satisfied with their efforts, eight points from the last 12 in their efforts to prolong their return to the top flight beyond a single season.

Pardew’s apocalyptic pre-match vision of barely being able to name 18 injury-free players failed to materialise. Three of his defenders passed fitness tests to face a Burnley side showing one change in the return of midfielder Scott Arfield.

The Scot set up the hosts’ first chance inside 10 minutes with a deft ball into the area for Ings, who evaded a clearly unfit Mike Williamson to force a fine one-handed save from Rob Elliot.

The contest was into its second quarter when Newcastle mustered a shot in anger. Sammy Ameobi timed his run to remain onside to take a pass from Ayoze Perez before firing in a low angled drive from 15 yards that was saved smartly by Tom Heaton.

Ameobi posed the most potent attacking threat for the visitors, and from his cross Yoan Gouffran provided an inviting knockdown for Cisse, but the forward’s wild swipe from a dozen yards lacked precision.

Perez was again the provider with a well-placed flick to release Mehdi Abeid into the Burnley area as Newcastle pressed. The recalled midfielder outpaced two defenders to fashion an ungainly shot which Heaton had to block.

The hosts took to route one to break the deadlock after 34 minutes with a goal which Newcastle had been working to prevent. Pardew had spoken of the dangers of Trippier’s delivery, but the Burnley full-back was allowed to pump a long ball forward, which Ings headed down for Boyd to beat Elliot with a crisp first-time finish from 18 yards.

David Jones should have doubled the advantage in first-half stoppage time, but fired over the angle. It proved a costly miss as Cisse showed his predatory instincts from close range to ensure a share of the spoils.

BURNLEY (4-2-3-1): Heaton 7; Trippier 7, Keane 7, Shackell 7, Ward 6 (Mee 66, 6); Marney 6, Jones 6; Boyd 7, Barnes 6 (Jutkiewicz 85,5) Arfield 7; Ings 7.

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Elliot 5; Janmaat 7, Williamson 4 (S Taylor 46, 5), Dummett 7, Haidara 7; Tiote 6, Abeid 6; Gouffran 6, Perez 5 (Cabella 46, 6), Ameobi 7 (Riviere 75, 6); Cisse 7.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) 7.

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