By Simon Evans
BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin got here off the bench to show the sport round for lowly Newcastle United as they got here from behind to earn an important 2-1 Premier League win at Burnley on Sunday.
Burnley had led via an 18th-minute objective from Czech striker Matej Vydra and have been properly on prime earlier than substitute Saint-Maximin modified the sport inside seven minutes with an help and a objective.
The end result will ease the nerves of Newcastle followers whose staff are actually six factors above Fulham, who occupy the ultimate relegation spot. Steve Bruce’s facet, in seventeenth place, even have a sport in hand and are only a level behind Fifteenth-placed Burnley.
Sean Dyche’s staff nonetheless have work to do to ensure of top- flight survival and will likely be bitterly disenchanted to have gotten nothing from a sport they dominated.
The Clarets made a full of life begin and broke via when Chris Wooden pulled the ball again to Vydra who confidently slotted house.
Dwight Gayle had the ball within the web for Newcastle however was flagged offside and Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, in for the injured Nick Pope, did properly to maintain out a near-post flick from the ahead.
Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka made a reflex save to maintain out a possible personal objective from Paul Dummett and he was alert to tip over a thunderous effort from Matt Lowton.
Burnley put Dubravka’s objective below intense stress and needing a change of momentum Newcastle supervisor Steve Bruce made a double substitution within the 57th minute, sending on Callum Wilson and Saint-Maximin who have been each getting back from damage.
The transfer labored in spectacular vogue as after being on the sector for 2 minutes Saint-Maximin arrange Jacob Murphy for a wonderfully struck equaliser from exterior the field.
The Frenchman confirmed his particular person potential with a superb objective to place Newcastle forward, choosing the ball up on half-way and operating on the Burnley defence earlier than jinking to create area and unleashing a deadly drive into the underside nook.
Saint-Maximin brought on extra hassle for Burnley within the last minutes, attending to the byline earlier than choosing out Miguel Almiron whose low shot was cleared off the road by James Tarkowski.
Bruce was properly conscious of the importance of the end result for a staff who nonetheless need to face Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool, Leicester and West Ham.
“It’s three factors in direction of that magical determine, we’re edging in direction of what it needs to be. It’s much more more healthy now than it was this morning,” mentioned Bruce, whose staff had simply two wins from their final 19 league matches.
“We have nonetheless acquired an extended strategy to go, loads of twist and turns as that is what the Premier League is,” he added.
Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche took no comfort from his staff’s dominance of possession.
“The largest statistic you’ve got to get proper is the scoreline. They’ve taken their probabilities however we gave the sport away somewhat bit,” he mentioned.
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