Newcastle march on despite Ritchie horror miss against Burnley

Matt Ritchie's miss of the season leaves EPL fans stunned in Newcastle win

Newcastle march on despite Ritchie horror miss against Burnley

"It's not easy to do that in the Premier League, and I've said many times we've been close to being effective with those chances, and tonight they were really good chances".

Despite Matt Ritchie's contender for the miss of the season, the Toon moved up to 13th in the table thanks to Ben Mee's own goal and a Ciaran Clark header.

Benitez opted for a 5-4-1 system, utilising three centre-backs in an effort to stifle the aerial prowess of a Burnley side replete with towering potential; Fabian Schar, Clark and Fernandez were given the task of forming a bulwark, and they perhaps would have kept a clean sheet were it not for some questionable positioning from Dubravka.

Ritchie spoke of his relief after his extraordinary open-goal miss from two yards did not cost Newcastle victory. We were laughing at the end because he can not understand. Mee's long ball forward looked speculative but Clark allowed Vokes to drift off him and the big Welshman rose just inside the box to loop a header over Martin Dubravka, who was a long way off his line.

Ritchie told Sky Sports: "I thought I'd scored to be honest. We have confidence now and the players will continue pushing and working hard".

Ritchie was just meters out from the open goal when he inexplicably missed the target
Ritchie was just meters out from the open goal when he inexplicably missed the target

SEAN Dyche was frustrated his Burnley side failed to rescue a point from their defeat to Newcastle United on Monday night but admitted his side are conceding 'too many soft goals'.

He said: "A lot of the aspects of the game I was very pleased with".

"Obviously the frustration is we didn't get a result, and we need to get on the right side of the margins, but we also need a scratch of luck - their first goal gets a hell of a deflection, and that would be a pleasant thing to happen to us".

And the visitors' lead was doubled in the 23rd minute with the Clarets again switching off at the back, Clark getting between two defenders to cleverly flick in a header from Ritchie's cross.

"We're still wondering how we didn't get something".

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