Medical emergency delays kick-off for Burnley's clash with Newcastle

Burnley vs Newcastle delayed by half an hour due to medical emergency

The Magpies are four points clear of the relegation zone and three points ahead of 17th-placed Burnley, who stretched their winless league streak to six games.

Mikel Oyarzabal put the home side after 37 minutes with his third goal of the campaign.

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.

The lead was reduced five minutes before the break courtesy of superb header from Sam Vokes that sailed into the far corner to pull Burnley back into the game.

Newcastle should have gone 3-1 up five minutes into the second half when DeAndre Yedlin's cross-shot was deflected into the path of Ritchie, who somehow shot wide from just a few yards out.

"On balance we probably deserved something but once you give those goals away it's hard at 2-0 down in the Premier League". It's a good ball in, to be fair, and a good header, but I think we deal with that most times, and particularly last season. We were laughing at the end because he can not understand.

"I thought I'd scored to be honest", Ritchie told Sky Sports. Certainly the amount of quality chances we created was pleasing because that's not easy to do in the Premier League.

"The main thing for us is to make sure we can get something out of these games". The mentality was excellent but obviously I'm very frustrated with the result.

More poor defending contributed to Newcastle's second goal, an unmarked Clark heading in Ritchie's cross.

"We've given too many soft goals away this year, we know that, but that is getting tighter".

The whistle came at the right time for Newcastle and the start of the second half again saw the away side possessing the greater impetus.

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