BURNLEY, England (AP) — Chris Wood scored his seventh goal of the season as Burnley ended a run of three successive losses with a 1-0 win against an injury-hit Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.
Wood’s 58th-minute header was enough to separate the midtable teams in what was overall a poor contest at Turf Moor, giving Sean Dyche’s side its fifth league win at home this season, all without conceding.
On a bitter Lancashire afternoon, the first half was mostly played at a relatively pedestrian pace.
Without the pace of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce handed Andy Carroll only his second start since a free move from West Ham in the summer, as well as the captain’s armband for the first time.
A contentious VAR call came in the 13th minute when Wood’s flick to a low ball in from Dwight McNeil caught the hand of Paul Dummett, who had slid in to challenge the striker, yet only a corner was given, much to the anger of the home fans.
The deadlock was broken 13 minutes into the second half when Wood headed home an inswinging corner from Ashley Westwood at the far post, awarded after Federico Fernandez had rolled the ball over the bye-line despite Bruce’s complaints to the contrary.
A minute later Carroll’s captaincy debut was marred with a booking for an elbow in the face of Burnley captain Ben Mee.