It was a night of efforts and luck that kept the Magpies in black-white stripes moving away from the relegation zone. Thanks to a powerful header from Ciaran Clark and an own-goal from Burnley’s Ben Mee, Newcastle United recorded their third successive Premier League win at Turf Moor in over 40 years as they beat Burnley 2-1 on Monday.
The damage was done to Burnley in just four minutes after the kick-off when Federico Fernández tried a shot from the outside the box. Mee made a failed attempt after he blocked the shot and reflected the ball to the net beyond the reach of goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Clark didn’t waste a chance when he reached out for a header from Matt Ritchie’s long clean cross in the 23rd minute. The 1.85 meter tall Irish defender registered his eleventh Premier League goals from 160 appearances.
Rafael Benitez’s side led the game 2-0 until Sam Vokes bent a beautiful volley over Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 40th minute to make it 2-1.
The game was delayed by 30 minutes after referee's assessor Eddie Wolstenholme collapsed in the tunnel and being rushed to hospital after suffering an issue with his heart.
With this victory, Newcastle climbed up to 13th place in the table, four points clear of the bottom three. Meanwhile, Burnley are sitting at 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.