Joe Hart played as a midfielder in the final minutes of Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United


Newcastle United made it three wins in a row against Burnley on Monday evening.

Rafa Benitez’s side moved up to 13th in the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Turf Moor courtesy of a Ben Mee own goal and Ciaran Clark’s header.

While Newcastle are climbing, Burnley are sinking. They are now 17th, just a point above the relegation zone.

Sean Dyche’s team is usually so reliable in defence but they’ve been a sieve this season.

The Clarets have allowed 27 goals in 13 matches - it took until March 31 before they conceded that number last season.

"There were some moments of real good play,” Dyche told Sky Sports at full-time. “Looking beyond the result, because it's a season's work, then we are starting to come back to what we think we can be.

“But of course, you've got to get a result, that's the business we are in."

Joe Hart played in midfield

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart surely isn’t enjoying picking the ball out of his net so often.

The 31-year-old actually played the last few minutes in midfield as Burnley pushed for an equaliser, giving fans a glimpse of Thiago Motta’s revolutionary 2-7-2 formation.


In Motta’s system, the goalkeeper plays in midfield. “The goalkeeper is the first attacker,” PSG’s U19s coach explained.

Yet managers who share a similar thought will probably want a ‘keeper who’s better with the ball at his feet than Hart is.

Watch how Hart got on as he went rogue at Turf Moor.

1. Advanced into Newcastle's half

2. There was danger when Newcastle countered

3. Long-ball upfield

Of course, it was Hart's ability - or lack thereof - with the ball at his feet that prompted Pep Guardiola to allow him to leave Manchester City.


It's certainly not how Dyche drew the gameplan up.

The 47-year-old, who was nominated for the Manager of the Season award after leading Burnley to a seventh-placed finish in 2017-18, tried to stay upbeat following the defeat.

“At the moment I think the team are beginning to look like what we can be, but we have to get the right side of the margins because it is tight for teams like us,” he said.

“Landing on those right sides is so, so important."

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