Newcastle 2 – Burnley 0
Rafa Benitez continues to work miracles at Newcastle United.
On Tuesday night at St James’ Park, the Magpies ended Burnley’s excellent recent run with a 2-0 home win.
Newcastle broke the deadlock in sublime fashion as Fabian Schar crashed home a stunner from distance.
Sean Longstaff doubled Newcastle’s lead in the 38th minute with his first goal for the club.
The win lifted Newcastle up to 13th in the division on 31 points from 28 games. Burnley are 15th in the league with 30 points on the board.
James Tarkowski vs Joselu
Should Burnley defender James Tarkowski have been sent off against the Toon.
Tarkowski had Burnley’s best chance of the match as the centre-half missed the target just before the halftime break.
In the final seconds of the game, Tarkowski was accused of missing the target in a far more sinister incident.
The Clarets defender appeared to lose his rag when he challenged Newcastle’s Joselu in the middle of the park.
Tarkowski sent Joselu tumbling to the turf when he landed his knee in the back of the Newcastle forward’s leg.
That’s when things turned darker.
In a provocative move, Tarkowski narrowly missed stamping on Joselu’s face.
Indeed the Burnley defender seemed to angle his boot towards Joselu’s kisser after he placed it inches from face.
To cap things off, Tarkowski then bowed his head towards the prostrate Joselu to hurl verbal abuse at his opponent.
And how did referee Craig Pawson react? He did absolutely nothing.
Social media reaction
If Tarkowski doesn’t get banned for that attempted stamp on Joselu’s head it’s a fucking joke
— Kenneth Liddle (@kenLIDDLE) February 26, 2019
Joselu goes down, Tarkowski says something to him while he’s down and Joselu turns around and tells the ref on him. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 26, 2019
Dirty bastards that Burnley are, spat their dummies out!! Should have had 2 red cards tonight, high foot with studs, crouch’s elbow and then Tarkowski looks like he attempted a cheeky stamp on Joselu! Diddums!! /Dave
— TOON ROLLERCOASTER (@ToonCoaster) February 26, 2019
Tarkowski missing a sitter then trying to stand on Joselu and missing which will lead to a retrospective ban you really love to see it
— NG (@NewcastleGoals) February 26, 2019
Tarkowski sure should be banned for that, even if he didn't touch him that was intended to hurt joselu even the way he was shouting at him #NUFC
— Asa Bartlett ⚫⚪⚫⚪ (@asabart14) February 26, 2019
James Tarkowski is probably the most overrated player in the Premier League like. Getting chinned by Rondon all game long, takes his frustration out on former Real superstar Joselu. #nufc
— TheTrain (@TeamAndrew) February 26, 2019