Eddie Howe was happy with how his Newcastle United team handled their “dangerous” challenge against Burnley.
The Magpies won 2-0 at St James’ Park with to goals in each half from Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak.
As a result, Vincent Kompany’s team suffered their fifth defeat in their first six games of the season.
Despite Burnley’s dismal start to the season, Howe knew this would be a difficult encounter for his team to handle.
“It was a tough game,” he said. “We expected that.
“I think Burnley are an intriguing team.” Vincent has done an excellent job, and we knew we had to be very good because they play a really open style, but it’s a dangerous style if you’re not perfect on your press or whatever game you’re playing.
You intend to deliver on your plan.
“You have to deliver it well, which I believe we did.” I thought we rebounded extremely well after the first 10 minutes, when we were a touch slow out of the blocks, and we deserved to win.” NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 30: Burnley manager Vincent Kompany embraces Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe ahead to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley FC at St. James Park on September 30, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Image courtesy of Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Despite a strong start, Burnley struggled to maintain pressure and generate many clear-cut chances, which pleased Howe.
“It was a foundation of our success last year, our defensive resilience,” he stated.
“We take pride in it. The football club has some excellent defenders.
“Keeping five clean sheets in a row is a testament to the entire team, because as you saw today, it’s not just one element or unit of the team that is working well, it’s everyone working together.” That increases your chances of winning games.”