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Having previously beaten Newcastle United and Colchester United in this season’s Premier League Cup, Burnley went down to a 4-0 defeat this afternoon against Newcastle at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park which has seen the Geordies go top of the group by three points.

1718 burnley olatunde bayode 00 500x500It looks a heavy defeat, and it was, but there were periods of the game when there was little to choose between the two teams although there is no questioning that, by the end, Newcastle deserved the three points.

One effort apart, we started the brighter of the two teams, albeit without creating too much in terms of chances, but then we conceded two quick goals midway through the half from which we never fully recovered.

Luke Charman headed home from a right wing cross for the first of them and Dan Barlaser immediately made it 2-0 although there was some good fortune to it as a deflection left goalkeeper Adam Legzdins stranded and with no chance of keeping it out.

We had a good spell after that and should have pulled one back only for Ntumba Massanka to fire his shot against the post, but there was still some hope as the players went off for half time with the score at 2-0.

Those hopes ended early in the second half when Charman scored his second and Newcastle’s third and just past the hour Barlaser got his second to complete the scoring. At that point that the scoreline could get out of hand but to our credit we did well after that and came closer to scoring than Newcastle.

Coach Michael Duff said after the game: “I think you can look past the scoreline. We were 2-0 down at half time when both teams have had two shots and they’ve scored two and we’ve hit the post. There was nothing much in the first half; the disappointing thing was the start of the second half and we give away a poor goal and at 3-0 it’s dead then. There were positives within it and I thought Olatunde Bayode (pictured) was excellent.

“We want to win the game, but they proved why they are a category one team. It was a scrap and the pitch wasn’t great but they handled it better than us.”

The teams were;

Burnley: Adam Legzdins, Arlen Birch, Oliver Younger, Scott Wilson, Ali Koiki, Tunde Bayode (Jordan Barnett 83), Rahis Nabi, Christian N’Guessan, Tinashe Chakwana (Tommy Wood 55), Dwight McNeil, Ntumba Massanka (Craig Ellison 81). Subs not used: Aidan Stone, James Clarke.

Newcastle: Brendan Pearson, Jamie Sterry, Owen Bailey, Macauley Gillesphey (Stefan O’Connor ht), Michael Newberry, Jack Hunter, Dan Barlaser, Victor Fernandez (Yasin Ben El-Mhanni 66), Mo Sangare, Callum Roberts, Luke Charman (Lewis McNall). Subs not used: Nathan Harker, Callum Smith.

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