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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Callum Wilson (40')

Newcastle claim long-awaited first Premier League win with victory over Burnley

Newcastle United finally ended their season-long wait for a win, beating bottom-three rivals Burnley 1-0 at St James' Park in the Premier League on Saturday thanks to a 40th-minute goal from Callum Wilson.

An error by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope gifted Newcastle the goal and their first victory in their 15th attempt in the campaign.

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Manager Eddie Howe, appointed last month after the dismissal of Steve Bruce, will also be delighted at his team's first clean sheet of the campaign.

Burnley had been on top until Pope came deep to collect a cross but, under challenge from Fabian Schar, dropped the ball and Wilson reacted superbly, driving into the unguarded goal with a shot on the turn.

Things got worse for Burnley when in-form forward Maxwel Cornet had to go off with an injury before the break and his replacement Matej Vydra missed a great chance to level.

Newcastle were the better side after the break with Miguel Almiron twice going close and Jonjo Shelvey forcing a good save out of Pope.

Burnley thought they had levelled through substitute Jay Rodriguez but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The two clubs remain in the relegation zone, both on 10 points, with Burnley in 18th place, above 19th-placed Newcastle on goal difference but with a game in hand.

Bottom club Norwich City, also on 10 points, face Tottenham on Sunday.

"It has been a long time coming. Hopefully this is a catalyst for other things," Wilson said.

"Against a team like Burnley it is important you score the first goal. They are hard to break down when they are set. Credit to the lads at the back too. But we can't get carried away.

"There are a lot of points to play for. We knew there would be a turning point; hopefully this is it"

Burnley defender James Tarkowski said his side been unfortunate.

"If the ref gives a foul for the goal I don't think many people complain. It is what it is. For all their forward players, we dealt with it quite well," he said.

"At this level it is all about fine margins. You get punished for mistakes. We need to start putting points on the board but we are pleased with how we are playing. It is an important part of the year. A good run of wins and you can get yourself out of it."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 37 +72 90
2 Liverpool 37 +66 89
3 Chelsea 37 +42 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 +24 68
5 Arsenal 37 +9 66
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 37 +11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 37 0 49
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 37 +3 45
14 Aston Villa 37 -1 45
15 Southampton 37 -21 40
16 Everton 37 -19 39
17 Burnley 37 -18 35
18 Leeds United 37 -38 35
19 Watford 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22