It was a dull and uneventful match at St James’ Park, as Newcastle United drew 0-0 with Burnley.
Newcastle came into Saturday’s fixture looking for only their 2nd league win of 2020, whilst Burnley were looking to follow on from an impressive 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.
Dwight Gayle was selected by Steve Bruce to lead the lineup, pushing Joelinton towards the left wing for much of the game. Allan Saint-Maximin started on the bench, with questions being asked about the Frenchman’s fitness and whether he’d have a role today or in the upcoming FA Cup tie.
The inclusion of an extra attacker made Newcastle the far more threatening side in the first half: Gayle almost capitalised off of a slip by Nick Pope, before he and Miguel Almiron each took shots at the Burnley goalkeeper.
The Magpies were unlucky not to take the lead late in the first half; a series of corners amounting to nothing as Burnley stood strong at the back.
The Visitors’ best chance came just around the hour mark, as Jay Rodriguez was put through on goal against Martin Dubravka. But Rodriguez skied the ball over and into the Gallowgate end.
Neither side could break the deadlock, even with the substitutions of Chris Wood and Saint-Maximin, as Steve Bruce and Sean Dyche were forced to share the spoils.
With today’s draw, Newcastle remain at 14th place in the Premier League table, 5 points off of the relegation zone. Meanwhile Burnley move up to 9th, as they continue to push for European football to return to Turf Moor.
Next up for Newcastle is a trip to the Hawthorns, as they face high flying Championship side West Brom in the FA Cup. Slaven Bilic’s men are all that stand between Steve Bruce’s side and a place in the quarter finals.
Victory on Tuesday night will be the first time the Geordies have reached the last 8 of the FA Cup since the 2005/06 season.