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Burton Albion 1-2 Newcastle United

Lloyd Dyer scores for Burton against Newcastle
Lloyd Dyer's fourth goal of the season deservedly drew Burton level in the first period

Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame were at their ruthless best in front of goal as Championship leaders Newcastle won their first-ever meeting with Burton to ensure they top the table at Christmas.

Gayle flicked in the opener after fine play from Matt Ritchie on the break.

Burton quickly levelled when Lloyd Dyer slotted in Jackson Irvine's cross.

But Diame showed great strength to go through on goal and coolly slot the away side's second, and the Magpies just about edged a calmer second half.

Ritchie and Gayle both missed decent chances to extend Newcastle's lead, while Lucas Akins did blaze a great chance over the bar for the Brewers, who also had a late spell of pressure.

But Newcastle, who move four points clear of second-placed Brighton prior to the Seagulls' evening kick-off against Birmingham, had their extra quality up front to thank for their victory.

The Brewers had a daunting task trying to contain the team with the best away defence, best away points tally and most goals scored on the road.

They were unfortunate to trail at the break, and could easily have been ahead had Magpies defender Paul Dummett not made a wonderful last-ditch clearance.

But ultimately, with Jonjo Shelvey dictating play from midfield, Newcastle's extra quality told in the final third to ensure the hosts remain in 21st position, having one just once in their last eight league matches.

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle (left) has now scored 17 goals this season

Burton boss Nigel Clough:

"A couple of errors in the lead-up to their goals has cost us, but apart from that I thought our lads were outstanding today, in everything that they did.

"Their effort and honesty shines through to us, but alongside that today they played with quality.

"We have put two great performances together in the last four days and got no points, and I think that will change in the second half of the season."

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez told BBC Newcastle:

"We have shown the team is strong enough and showed that we have confidence in ourselves. This is really good for the future.

"Now, we enjoy Christmas, our fans will be happy and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I'm really pleased, they can spend time with their families and watch the table and enjoy."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Mousinho
  • 5McFadzean
  • 14McCrory
  • 3Brayford
  • 15NaylorBooked at 19mins
  • 16PalmerSubstituted forMillerat 89'minutes
  • 36IrvineBooked at 45mins
  • 11Dyer
  • 10AkinsSubstituted forWardat 78'minutes
  • 8O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 2Flanagan
  • 7Williamson
  • 12Ward
  • 13Bywater
  • 18Miller
  • 19Choudhury
  • 22Myers-Harness

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 3Dummett
  • 30Atsu
  • 12Shelvey
  • 14HaydenBooked at 56mins
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forGouffranat 85'minutes
  • 15Diamé
  • 9Gayle

Substitutes

  • 7Lazaar
  • 8Anita
  • 17Pérez Gutiérrez
  • 18Mbemba
  • 20Gouffran
  • 28Sels
  • 45Mitrovic
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
6,665

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Newcastle United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Newcastle United 2.

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Naylor following a corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Attempt saved. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Matthew Palmer.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoan Gouffran replaces Matt Ritchie.

Offside, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden tries a through ball, but Mohamed Diamé is caught offside.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Jamie Ward replaces Lucas Akins.

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Booking

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt blocked. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Foul by John Brayford (Burton Albion).

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Burton Albion 1, Newcastle United 2.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle22161545172849
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2212463029140
4Huddersfield2212372626039
5Leeds2212282622438
6Sheff Wed2211472623337
7Derby2210662315836
8Birmingham229762729-234
9Fulham2289538281033
10Norwich2210393734333
11Preston229583027332
12Barnsley229493835331
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford2284102728-128
15Ipswich227782224-228
16Bristol City2283112827127
17Nottm Forest2275103539-426
18Wolves226792830-225
19QPR2165102030-1023
20Cardiff2265112436-1223
21Burton2257102330-722
22Blackburn2255122737-1020
23Wigan2246121827-918
24Rotherham2224162148-2710
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