English Premiership

Wasteful Newcastle draw with Burnley

Rafael Benitez (Getty Images)
Rafael Benitez (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Newcastle United hit the post and missed a penalty as they let slip the lead to draw 1-1 against Burnley at St James' Park on Wednesday.

It was the hosts who came out in the opening 15 minutes on the front foot in terms of possession and went close to taking the lead in the 17th minute, as Brazilian-born Kenedy showed fleet of foot on the edge of the box before his deflected strike off Kevin Long hit the frame of the goal.

The rebound fell to Christian Atsu but his weak effort was saved easily by goalkeeper Nick Pope. Seven minutes later the visitors thought they had the advantage as Ashley Barnes slotted home from Charlie Taylor's cross but his effort was ruled out for offside.

In the 33rd minute Bardsley pulled down Kenedy with a poor challenge after Mikel Merino had set him free in the area. From the spot-kick, Joselu saw his effort saved by Pope with a fine save after he read the direction of the strike.

Just before the beak, Barnes struck a powerful volley on goal which caused keeper Karl Darlow some anxious moments as it whistled wide.

After the interval Sean Dyche's men came close to the opening goal through Barnes. After the striker breezed past Paul Dummett from Jeff Hendrick's flick-on, he blazed over with only Darlow to beat.

Nonetheless, Lascelles would hand the Tynesiders the lead in the 65th minute. From Kenedy's excellent corner he powered home a header beyond Pope into the back of the net.

They came close to extending their lead in the closing stages as Joselu fired wide from Jacob Murphy's fine set-up. Yet, the Clarets found a late equaliser as Vokes connected with Long's flick to head home beyond Darlow in the 85th minute.

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