Burnley 1-2 Newcastle: Wilson breaks hearts at Turf Moor as Toon finish 11th

Two goals from Callum Wilson and some heroic late defending was enough to see us end the season with a win at Burnley on the final day of the 2021/22 campaign.

The result sees us finish on our highest points tally (49) for eight years and in 11th place, while Burnley have suffered relegation to the Championship after Leeds’ 2-1 win at Brentford made certain of their survival.

It was a fitting end to a rollercoaster of a season that’s seen us go from Bruce, Ashley and favourites to go down, to Howe, ambitious new owners and a much improved side who are finally playing to their potential.

A shame we couldn’t secure that top 10 finish we deserved, however this has been a turnaround unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in Premier League history. Not only did we defy the odds by staying up – no side has ever done this when failing to win any of their opening 14 games – we would’ve ended the season 10th had Brighton not come from behind to beat West Ham.

It was also great to see Wilson back and doing what he does best – bullying centre-backs, making great runs and scoring goals – with Allan Saint-Maximin also causing problems throughout and coming away unlucky not to have bagged a hat-trick of assists.

Here’s all of today’s results – seeing Man City come back from 2-0 down to lift the title at Liverpool’s expense – and the final Premier League table, followed by our match report in full from a frantic day at Turf Moor:

  • Burnley 1-2 Newcastle
  • Brentford 1-2 Leeds
  • Man City 3-2 Aston Villa
  • Liverpool 3-1 Wolves
  • Arsenal 5-1 Everton
  • Norwich 0-5 Tottenham
  • Crystal Palace 1-0 Man Utd
  • Leicester 4-1 Southampton
  • Chelsea 2-1 Watford
  • Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Eddie Howe made TWO changes from the side that won so impressively earlier this week, seeing Kieran Trippier and Jamaal Lascelles come in for Emil Krafth and Fabian Schar.

Sadly, he was forced to make another less than 10 minutes into the game, as Joelinton was stretchered off with what looked like a potentially serious ankle injury. He looked in real discomfort and had his name chanted by the travelling Toon Army.

Jacob Murphy came on in his place and it looked like we switched from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 with that, seeing Miguel Almiron move into a number 10 role and Murphy go out to the right.

Our first effort of the game came from Guimaraes after some good play from Wilson. The Brazilian had his edge of the box shot saved by Pope and it was cleared for a corner. Trippier’s back post delivery was parried by Pope and touched on by Collins’ outstretched hand.

The referee didn’t see it, but was soon surrounded by black and white shirts and told to have a look at the monitor by VAR. A penalty was given and Wilson made no mistake, sending Pope the wrong way to bag his first goal since returning from a long-term injury. 1-0 Newcastle and Burnley were going down as things stood, with Leeds drawing 0-0 at Brentford midway through the first half.

As you’d expect, the hosts tried to get back at us in a bid to get back into a game they simply couldn’t afford to lose. They enjoyed a small period of pressure leading up to the half hour mark, but we defended well, with Lascelles in particular making a solid start to the game.

After that, we took control of the game and weren’t giving Burnley much of the ball. Our pace on the break was threatening to cause problems and our midfield three looked to have more quality in possession in what had generally been a scrappy start to a tense affair at Turf Moor.

Aside from two long distance strikes from Dwight McNeil, we’d restricted Burnley to very little and had a huge chance to make it 2-0 in first half stoppage time when Targett’s ball down the left released Saint-Maximin on the counter.

The Frenchman had too much pace for Brownhill, burst into the box and had a low effort across goal well saved by Pope. ASM could and should have done better, but it was a good break and more proof that our pacey front four were too quick for this Burnley back line.

Half-time came and we were 1-0 up and into the top 10 as things stood, with Brighton losing 0-1 to West Ham and Brentford currently level with Leeds!

Burnley brought on Wout Weghorst at the break – the giant Dutchman who replaced Chris Wood in January – but it was us who had the first near miss, as a lovely cross from Jacob Murphy just evaded black and white shirts in the box.

Bad news then arrived from Brighton, who moved back into the top 10 at our expense when a second half strike from Joel Veltman made it 1-1 in their clast with West Ham at The Amex.

Soon after a Saint-Maximin led counter almost led to another goal for Wilson, Turf Moor then went silent as news filtered in that Leeds had just taken the lead at Brentford, meaning Burnley may now need TWO second half goals to stay up.

Then, after Almiron blazed over after more good work from Saint-Maximin, the Frenchman did brilliantly to lay it on a plate for Wilson, who latched onto his ball across the box and guided the ball into the far corner to make it 2-0!

Burnley were going down and we were a West Ham goal away from a top 10 finish, although both those things were thrown into doubt when Maxwell Cornet made it 2-1, scoring at the second attempt after his first effort was parried by Dubravka.

Chris Wood came on against his former club and Saint-Maximin made way, presumably to give us more presence up top and some extra cover out wide, as Almiron moved out to the left and we switched to a 4-4-2.

The Clarets were building momentum and pushing for an equaliser, with it taking goal line clearances from Lascelles and Targett to keep us ahead! Brentford had equalised against Leeds, so Burnley knew an equaliser would be enough to keep them up should the score line remain the same in West London.

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Brighton went 2-1 up against West Ham, meaning 11th looked like our best possible finish should we hang on at Turf Moor – and we really were hanging on at times!

We had a few big chances on the counter, however Bruno lost his footing at the crucial time and, on another occasion moments later, Almiron’s control let him down just when we looked to have a man over.

Miggy then made way for Matt Ritchie – who came on for what will almost certainly be his last appearance in black and white – as we looked to run down the clock. Four minutes of added time were signalled and Burnley almost equalised through Cornet, but that missed chance was followed by a Leeds winner at Brentford.

The full-time whistle went and Burnley were down, Leeds were staying up and Man City were champions, with their stunning comeback from 2-0 down against Aston Villa enough to see them lift the title after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves.

Back to Newcastle, it wasn’t a top 10 finish but ending the season in 11th place was an incredible effort. From winless after 14 games to the best points total we’ve managed in eight years is some achievement.

We’ve been through the mill at times over the past year, but it’s all been worth it in the end. This is a team to be proud of and one that’s only going to get better with ambitious new owners and an ever-improving manager on our side.

Next up, a huge summer off the pitch and a well deserved break for the squad – although we’d like to bet that workaholic Eddie Howe barely gives himself a minute’s rest!

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143 thoughts on “Burnley 1-2 Newcastle: Wilson breaks hearts at Turf Moor as Toon finish 11th

  1. Bruce 11 games 5 points
    Howe 27 games 44 points
    Extrapolated
    Howe 38 games 62 points = 6th
    Next season stronger squad ? 72+ for 4th? (Spurs on 71 this season)

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  2. I thought we brought Wood on because we had been playing a lot of long balls that their centre backs ate up but mainly as an extra defender for their corners of which there were many. They had a period of sustained pressure with lots of corners and a few free kicks in dangerous areas. If it was a Bruce team I would be watching, knowing we would inevitably concede. And he was a centre half so he should have had us well drilled for opposition set pieces.

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  3. At the start of the season I predicted Burnley and 2 of the promoted teams would go down so I got that right.

    I just watched Arsenal and Everton mainly to compare how Everton did against how we did. It really was chalk and cheese. Arsenal battered them and it was a game that most expected from us against the Gunners. Everton played like a Bruce team with a 9-0-1 formation. I think they will be in a relegation battle next year because they cannot buy any players. That will be the main outcome of the Leeds and Burnley complaint; that it puts the spotlight on future business that the Scouse Mackems will do.

    Guaranteed 6 points for us against the Blue Bindippers so there’s a sliver lining there.

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  4. After Everton last week and the incident with Viera you would think there would be better security at Man City. There is footage of the Villa goalie getting hit. I watched some of the “celebrations” and it was moronic. They were trying to bring down the goal frame and you had grown men putting kids on the roof of the net.

    I understand the emotions can take over but sometimes it is a bit much. Most of them were on the pitch just to get selfies I bet. I just do not understand this obsession with selfies. Most of them look terrible anyway and show double chins or are pointed up peoples noses.

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  5. SHARPY,sorry for late reply dont get a lot of time at the mo
    yes pup has gone to Chester his mrs got a great offer told Kim it was hotel/bar,its a restaurant/bar a really big one she was offered £34,000 plus a free 3bedroom house everything payed for,rent,poll tax,all heating,pup grabbed it as he keeps his job as well because he works from home anyway,its in a what we would call a posh area,ive had a week down there didnt know how big Chester is i was shocked,anyway mate thats you up to date

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  6. SHARPY Ashworth best buddy eats in there thats where pup got the gen,they talk a lot about footy,would like to know who hes is going to clear out

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  7. icedog:
    SHARPY,sorry for late reply dont get a lot of time at the mo
    yes pup has gone to Chester his mrs got a great offer told Kim it was hotel/bar,its a restaurant/bar a really big one she was offered £34,000 plus a free 3bedroom house everything payed for,rent,poll tax,all heating,pup grabbed it as he keeps his job as well because he works from home anyway,its in a what we would call a posh area,ive had a week down there didnt know how big Chester is i was shocked,anyway mate thats you up to date

    Ice – brilliant mate, pleased he’s got sorted and it sounds like a job offer of a lifetime that!!. Well he moved to Chester – he just dropped the le Street 😂.

    It’s a lovely area. I’ve got one Aunty that lives in Cheadle Hulme just outside of Manchester and my other Aunty lived in a place called Huntington just on the outskirts of Chester. So when the boy was little we’d go visit & go to the zoo.

    She’s moved to Oxford now like the selfish mare 😂 and the other is about to move to Milton Keynes.
    They’ve done alright for a couple of Benwell birds though 👌🏻.

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  8. PremAndUp:
    See Villa got Kamara and are after Phillips.

    Prem – that’s really disappointing about Kamara coz I like you thought he’d be idea for our midfield.

    I was initially annoyed when I saw that, but I’m determined to stick to my guns – my only transfer demand this summer is Targett – Howe can pick the rest 😂

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  9. Always like 2 CM working together, kamara and Phillips would be awesome, We’ve seen Rice Phillips for England, But I think Big Joe and Bruno are as good.

    For me its about the attacking options. All we really have are Wilson and ASM. We need options for Wilson, a CAM and a RW.

    Other than LB the defence needs a bit of tweeking. and Dubravka needs a strong challenge.

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  10. PremAndUp:
    Always like 2 CM working together, kamara and Phillips would be awesome, We’ve seen Rice Phillips for England, But I think Big Joe and Bruno are as good.

    For me its about the attacking options.All we really have are Wilson and ASM. We need options for Wilson, a CAM and a RW.

    Other than LB the defenceneeds a bit of tweeking. and Dubravka needs a strong challenge.

    Prem – I think it depends on what shape Howe wants to go with next season. Does he stay 4-3-3 or does he look to change that with new players in. I hope he doesn’t, and he certainly knows how to coach this formation well enough so stick with what you’re good at & strengthen I say.

    Priorities for me are LB (hopefully Targett), LCB (cover for Burn), a first choice RF (ahead of Fraser, Mig and Murph), and a CF (cover/competition for Wilson)

    That as a bare minimum this summer window would do.

    I do have some concerns about just how affective we will be without Ashworth though.

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  11. I’ve been doing a bit of YouTube scouting on Ekitike and I think he could quite easily be that right sided forward I think we are looking for.

    I think it would probably suit his game more than the central position anyway. He’s full of pace, loves running at defenders & a lot of his play is in the channels from his YouTube highlights – I know that doesn’t give the full picture.

    But I think ASM on the left, Hugo on the right & Wilson through the middle would be dangerous imo.

    Behind them, Joelinton, Bruno & Paqueta??

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  12. Nickson has done well. The only blot on his copybook was Joelinton but after 2 years of being Bruced even that has worked out. I will give him a pass on Hendrick as I am sure Ashley didnt give him any money and we got him on a free.

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  13. Hendrick’s not even worth a free! I think we need another goalie as No1 or back up, CB with Lascelles dropping to Clark’s position. A dedicated DM, a winger who’s better than what we have and a striker. And Paqueta for fun.

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  14. Every club in the league will have beaten Newcastle to their new signings – coz we’ve been linked to pretty much every sod out there!!.

    It’s going to be important not to read every single headline written this summer & focus on what IS actually happening.
    It also seems that every Newcastle fan with a mobile phone is setting up a YouTube channel offering some credence to every rumour circulating 🙄.

    I for one will jump all over it coz I won’t be able to help myself 😂. But I will take it all with a pinch of salt until I see whoever it maybe holding up that shirt.

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  15. Given we wouldn’t meet Lingards wage demands, that will of sent shock waves through the agents who will now likely be pushing the players they represent to go elsewhere. They will realize we are not the easy touch they probably thought which is no bad thing but it could effect who we can now get realistically .

    What’s nice is that it’s a two fingers up to all the pundits that said we’d throw money around to buy the league. It’s a project and steady growth from what I can work out, which is good.

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  16. Ice: the Longstaff issue will be settled within 8 days when his contract expires. I thought he has looked OK in the last 2 games. Maybe if Eddie has him playing to a plan like Rafa did there might be a player there. I sort of feel sorry for the lad because he was coming back from a serious injury and was Bruced. Nobody could look good in the 9-0-1 system where the only “tactic” was to give it to Miggy or Maxi and tell them to run the ball upfield.

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  17. We have to give Jamaal Lewis at least the pre-season. He was injured when Eddie got here and still showed signs when he played. He had an operation so let’s see what he is like when fit. Sign Targett as well because they are different types of players. Lewis likes to get forward and go on the overlap like the Liverpool fullbacks do.

    I think we will regret it if we sell him without giving him a chance.

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  18. I think I would rather go with Sharpy’s call of Joe Gomez as a centre back than some of the others we have been linked with. Diego Carlos is almost 30 and Botman blew hot and cold against Chelsea and supposedly hasnt had the greatest season. The problem with him is that a CBs 1st priority is to not make mistakes and he looks like he has a mistake in him. He might mature and become the next Virgil Van Dijk and I think that is what our scouts are hoping for. Gomez is the safer option if Liverpool will sell him.

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  19. I still shake my head when I think of how we survived those 2 years under Bruce. I have never in my life seen such awful football. We were bottom in all of the metrics that are tracked to show where a team is and should be. It was pure blind luck.

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  20. icedog: imo hes too slow for our m/f

    Ice – I’m asking more hoping he hasn’t to be honest.
    I really wanted him to come good, but he’s one of the few players who hasn’t seemed to have gotten better under Howe.
    He rans around a lot but doesn’t do a great deal – though I do think he was very good against Arsenal.

    Talk was he’d been offered a new deal & on their last trip to Saudi, he was the player they strapped the body cam to in the training sessions. Maybe I read that to suggest he was staying, but it seems the contract offered isn’t to his likely – or maybe Howe can’t promise him more than a back up role.

    If he goes though, along with Hayden, Hendrick & even Matty – we will need 2 midfielders in I reckon.

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  21. PremAndUp:
    Bruno, Big Joe, Little Joe, Shelvy, Miggy + 1 AM would be enough

    Prem – Miggy isn’t a CM, nowhere near physical enough to play in the middle in the PL – he barely gets by out wide!!.

    Miggy could cover the left or right sided wide positions, but for me we need 2 CMs if Longstaff goes.

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  22. “Riyad, take him off the pitch, as soon as possible. He played like Almiron.”thats what Grealish said during m/c game on sunday,who the hell does he think he is,to insult a fellow player at another club,hes the worst 100 mil player i ever saw what a disgrace he is

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  23. Miggy is a CAM not a wide player. He always played no 10 in the US. He is back up for Paqueta or whoever we buy., as perhaps is Little Joe

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  24. PremAndUp:
    Miggy is a CAM not a wide player. He always played no 10 in the US. He is back up for Paqueta or whoever we buy., as perhaps is Little Joe

    Prem – I guess it depends what formation Howe favour. If it’s 4-2-3-1 then I’d agree with you.
    If he sticks with 4-3-3 then I’m not sure where Miggy fits in.

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  25. Here we go again with the never ending 8 weeks of no football and link to everyone with two legs.
    So here’s a starter . . . if you could only pick one starter what type would it be? Striker? CB? Winger?
    My ideal would be a 30 year old Fernandinho type. Lots of experience, lots of time left. Runs the team from CDM. Always in the right place at the right time. Great passer too.
    What do you think and who could that be?

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  26. The only difference between 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 is how advanced your CAM is, and that probably depends upon whether we have the ball or not

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  27. I have no idea how good Lodi isand he may be better than Targett but what I do know is that Targett is the best leftback we have had for some time. We should stick with a proven player.

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  28. I might add to my earlier comment that I do not want to see wholesale changes to the team which Eddy has got playing together. By all means strengthen the squad of 25 but don’t go too far.

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  29. Good Question Georgio
    I’m not sure I know the answer
    I’m tempted to say without a great keeper you get nothing, and Jan Oblak is entering the final year of his contract. But I’m not convinced that Dubravka is a liability.
    Our defence has been decent under Howe the only games where we have conceded more than one since Christmas was against City and Spurs.
    I think it’s our attack that needs more goals. Is that because Wilson was out. Was it because we don’t create enough chances?
    I think we need somebody that they need to double mark like ASM giving us more chances. Perhaps someone like Heung-min Son from Spurs. or Kevin de Bruyne
    Of those we have been linked with I’ll take Hugo Ekitike

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  30. Talk that Maitland Niles could be available for as little as £8m.

    I’d take him as a squad player. He could cover RB and CM.

    He’s only 24 so a few seasons being mentored by Trippier and he could take over at RB.

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  31. not sure about the stories about targett wanting to be further. he should talk to bruno who moved his family from Brazil,

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  32. Eric Sykes:
    not sure about the stories about targett wanting to be further. he should talk to bruno who moved his family from Brazil,

    Load of sh!te mate. If that was the case why the hell would he have moved up from the midlands to a team that was bottom of the league.

    Paper talk at its best – it’s gonna come thick & fast this summer mate.

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  33. I dont understand the argument that if we pay Paqueta 150k a week there would be a line at Eddie’s door asking for a raise. Who exactly? Most are close to 30 and who would pay them more than they are on now.

    The line would consist of Bruno and ASM.

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  34. Eric Sykes:
    I dont understand the argument that if we pay Paqueta 150k a week there would be a line at Eddie’s door asking for a raise. Who exactly? Most are close to 30 and who would pay them more than they are on now.

    The line would consist of Bruno and ASM.

    Eric – I don’t see wages & personal terms being an issue for any new signings – fees & agent fees – different story mate 😖

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  35. Sharpy, people see us baulking at paying Lingard 150 a week. I think that is more about whether HE is worth that at his age rather than us not wanting to stretch to that amount for someone who is younger and better.

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  36. Gun deaths have now surpassed car accidents as a cause of death of children in the US.

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  37. icedog:
    “Riyad, take him off the pitch, as soon as possible. He played like Almiron.”thats whatGrealish said during m/c game on sunday,who the hell does he think he is,to insult a fellow player at another club,hes the worst 100 mil player i ever saw what a disgrace he is

    I saw that mate, even if he thinks it, it’s bad form to say that about a fellow professional . Like you say, he’s not the best value for £100m you’ll ever see himself. Think being at City has gone to his head a bit tbh, he thinks he’s the new Gazza bless him.

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  38. Eric Sykes:
    Gun deaths have now surpassed car accidents as a cause of death of children in the US.

    Wow, that’s pretty damning mate isn’t it. The latest shooting spree was terrible 14 dead wasn’t it ?

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  39. kimtoon: Wow, that’s pretty damning mate isn’t it. The latest shooting spree was terrible 14 dead wasn’t it ?

    over 20. The shooter legally bought 2 assault rifles on his 18th Birthday.

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  40. You have to assume that the PL panel took into account Klopp’s cup achievements in the Manager of the Season. He went from 4th to 2nd so that does not warrant the award. But he was representing the PL in the CL so I can see an argument for including that in his accomplishments.

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  41. 18 year old kid allowed to buy assault rifles? Insanity.
    Don’t know the population but there’s 40 million guns in circulation in the US.
    Insanity.

    Read that story about Targett wanting to be down south. I believe it. Lodi now?

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  42. Chelsea fans look screwed. Their new owner funded The LA Dodgers’ renewal with a massive exclusive TV deal and doubling of ticket prices. The PL have the TV rights so he cant do a private TV deal and the traditional fans wont be able to afford to go. It will be full of City of London types and Tech-Boys.

    I wonder how this will affect away ticket prices.

    Watch for another attempt at Project Big Picture with this guy leading it. The European Super League will be back again as well.

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  43. georgio:
    18 year old kid allowedto buy assault rifles? Insanity.
    Don’t know the population but there’s 40 million guns in circulation in the US.
    Insanity.

    Read that story about Targett wanting to be down south. I believe it. Lodi now?

    Georgio:

    Population 330 million.

    Guns 400 (FOUR HUNDRED) million.

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  44. You know how destructive these assault rifles are? They are taking DNA from parents in order to identify their kids because their bodies have been blasted to bits and are unrecognizable.

    They are having a National Rifle Association rally this weekend where Trump and Sen Ted Cruz of Texas will speak. They should be forced to go into that classroom where the bodies are still there waiting to be taken to the morgue, and see for themselves what their polices lead to.

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  45. Eric, that’s heartbreaking for the parents and families of those kiddies and teachers that they likely won’t even be able to have open caskets or probably be advised not to view and say goodbye to their loved ones. That’s a big deal for Catholics and am I right in thinking most of them would be Catholic at that school ?

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  46. Shame if Targett wants to go back down south but he will go with our thanks of a job well done.

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  47. Gun ownership in US = 1.2 per person. This includes oaps and children/babies.
    In Japan = 0.2 per person. The US constitution needs a re-write.

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  48. Constitution based on Lobbying not logic, Hence Gun laws, Health based on Insurance companies and Drug Companies. Not even secular.

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  49. Sheesh , can’t nufc just move on from Howe’s predecessor and think ourselves lucky he’s no longer associated with the club.

    No business being anywhere near a club playing at the top level, he was Never anything more than a front for the Ashley circus and a pretty unpleasant one at that

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  50. The famous saying ‘ Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.’ is very apt when it comes to Bruce .

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  51. RIP Ray Liotta 67. one of my favorite actors, recently did a good stint in the many saints of newark playing twins and the unforgettable Henry Hill in goodfellas .

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  52. kimtoon:
    RIP Ray Liotta 67. one of my favorite actors, recently did a good stint in the many saints of newark playing twins and the unforgettable Henry Hill in goodfellas .

    was good in Something Wild as well.

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  53. Prem – I doubt NDicka will be one. Makes a lot of mistakes. Bremner more like it. The Brazilian was voted best defender in Italy!

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  54. Also the rumours. Remember when Carlos was going to be £50m. Villa paid £25m.

    I expect Prem’s list to be around £120m.

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  55. Had a look at the squad and made a probable keep list. They are:

    1. Dubs
    2. Dummett
    3. Schar
    4. Lascelles
    5. Joelinton
    6. Shelvey
    7. Wilson
    8. St Max
    9. Tripps
    10. Krafth
    11. Wood
    12. Fraser
    13. Murphy
    14. Miggy
    15. Willock
    16. Burn
    17. Bruno
    18. Lewis
    19. Longstaff
    20. Targett

    That leaves 5 places for new players, 6 in you include Targett. If we need more space I can see us selling one of Miggy or Murphy or even Jonjo if he is demanding a place every week. Not sure why he would with his recent injury record as he is now only a 25 game a season player.

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  56. So what places are open?

    Goalie
    LB/Targett
    Defensive Mid
    Attacking Mid
    Winger
    Striker

    Seems to me we can keep all of our decent players for another year and see how some of them get on. They would be – Lascelles, Lewis, Murphy, Miggy and Shelvey.

    We dont really have to substantially disrupt the current squad to make it much better. If our budget is 150 mil we can get 3 starters and a couple for the bench.

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  57. Real Madrid’s luck has to run out today. They have been very lucky against PSG, Chelsea and Man City. Everytime Benzema has touched the ball he has scored.

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  58. Looks like the pre-season has been fixed with home games against Atalanta and Bilboa. My guess is they will throw in a couple of away friendlies. I would choose someone like Sheffield Utd or Boro.

    Maybe we can avenge Steve Bruce’s 1-0 loss to non-league York City last year?

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  59. Eric Sykes:
    Had a look at the squad and made a probable keep list. They are:

    1. Dubs
    2. Dummett
    3. Schar
    4. Lascelles
    5. Joelinton
    6. Shelvey
    7. Wilson
    8. St Max
    9. Tripps
    10. Krafth
    11. Wood
    12. Fraser
    13. Murphy
    14. Miggy
    15. Willock
    16. Burn
    17. Bruno
    18. Lewis
    19. Longstaff
    20. Targett

    That leaves 5 places for new players, 6 in you include Targett. If we need more space I can see us selling one of Miggy or Murphy or even Jonjo if he is demanding a place every week. Not sure why he would with his recent injury record as he is now only a 25 game a season player.

    Eric – I like how you’ve done that mate. There’s a visual reality to our squad & what the gaps are & why there needs to be a focus on who we go after – especially as the noise of the media linking us with everyone can be so distracting!!.

    I think Miggy is vulnerable on that list. But we could loan out Lewis as well you know – that would create a space & make more sense to his rehab back to the first team squad.

    Playing somewhere regularly in the championship next season then seeing where he is from there.

    I think we’ll need that extra place really coz I think we need a GK, LCB, LB (2 if you count Targett), CM, ACM, RF, CF.

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  60. Is anyone else still having to put their details in all the time – it would be good to get an update, or even better a fix to it like 🤷🏼‍♂️😡

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