A pretty dreadful game and a really disappointing result, BUT lets not overreact. We were poor tonight, but we can’t be disappointed with our position after 10 games.
It was a game short on quality and we can have no real qualms about the result. We didn’t show enough going forward and were punished on this occasion, with Hendrick’s 74th minute strike securing the three points for the home side:
— Na Glinntí Glasa (@NaGlinntiGlasa) October 30, 2017
Perhaps even more frustrating given the fact Burnley didn’t throw a great deal at us. Neither teams threatened the goal all too often and it could well have been a scoreless draw, however these things will happen if we struggle to score goals away from home.
We really lacked that player to unlock the door. Shelvey did his best and was our best player, however there was a real lack of spark ahead of him – aside from the odd burst from Christian Atsu in the first half.
It’s a reality check that despite all our efforts, discipline and organisation, a lack of quality will catch up with you from time to time. Joselu didn’t offer nearly enough up top, Perez struggled to get on the ball in the final third and there was a lack of ideas around them to instigate meaningful attacks.
No need to panic – this is to be expected from a side that we knew was low on quality going into the new season. We will have to show more in the final third, but a newly promoted side, perspective is needed. We’re in the top 10 of the Premier League.
We move on to Bournemouth on Saturday! Hopefully we see a response.
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.