Howe responds to criticism, explains Burn decision and reacts to 3-2 win at Forest

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe said Dan Burn’s performance was “excellent” following the Magpies 3-2 win Premier League against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground.

A brace from Bruno Guimaraes and first half strike from Fabian Schar cancelled out goals from Anthony Elanga and Taiwo Awonyi.

Speaking to BBC Newcastle about criticism around Burn’s selection, Howe said: “I understand supporters will always have opinions. For me I have to keep my mind clear of any opinion other than those that I seek.

“We see the inner workings of the football club which some people don’t have the ability to do. I made my decision (to start Burn) on training, on our opponent.

“I thought Dan was excellent, of course there were a couple of moments but the majority of his defensive work was very good. I’m really pleased with his response.”

Howe on the result: “It was another really entertaining game. I thought we did really well in the first half. We came in at 2-2 which was tough for us because I thought we dominated the game. 

“We got a couple of moments wrong and we conceded goals from it but I was really pleased with the second half the spirit shown to win the game.

On Guimaraes’ performance: “I think (his first goal) shouldn’t be underestimated, it was a brilliant ball by Kieran (Tripper) but he’s still got a lot to do.

“It was a fantastic finish, he showed his technical quality.”

About Liam Brusby

Liam is a MA Sports Journalism student covering news in relation to NUFC.

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