Sat 16 Dec 2023, 18:55 by Ash Harrison

Dan Burn now says what makes him ‘hate’ his ‘amazing’ teammate after Fulham win

Dan Burn now says what makes him ‘hate’ his ‘amazing’ teammate after Fulham win
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Two local lads got themselves on the scoresheet for Newcastle United in the 3-0 win over Fulham at St James' Park this afternoon.

17-year-old wonderkid Lewis Miley bagged his first senior goal to open the scoring in the second half and that was quickly followed up by a five-yard tap-in from Miguel Almiron and then a fortunate, if not determined goal by Dan Burn to round it off.

In truth, Newcastle should have had more to show for their dominance especially as Anthony Gordon hit the bar and Callum Wilson struck the post, plus Bernd Leno actually made a couple of great stops for The Cottagers.

Dan Burn 'hates' Lewis Miley

It wasn't meant to be though, and we greedy Geordies just have to make do with the 3-0 victory.

Lewis Miley
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Lewis Miley celebrating his first senior Newcastle United goal

After the game the two local heroes spoke to NUFC TV with Dan Burn gushing about his young teammate, Miley, even going so far as to joke about him being so nice that it makes him hate the poor bairn.

“I think him not starting was nothing that he’d done I think it’s just he's played a lot of games for a lad of his age, a lot of big games, so we just needed to rotate a bit.

“But yeah, absolutely buzzing for him I think he deserves that, he’s been amazing in every game he’s played, so composed. He’s such a nice lad too, which actually makes us hate him because of how nice he is, but no, amazing. Scoring a goal at the Gallowgate at 17 years old is amazing, I’m sure.”

It was far from Newcastle's best performance but it got the job done

Lewis Miley could still do with a bit of media training as the poor lad always looks terrified, but who can blame him? Just a couple of months ago he was playing in the sandpit with his mates at nursery and now he's got 50,000 Geordies singing his name and microphones being stuck under his beak at every opportunity.

Even against 10 men it was far from a vintage Newcastle display, probably owing to the continuing fatigue and then also having to adjust on the fly as we lost two more players to injury, but as Dan Burn said at the start of the interview, it wasn't about the performance today, it was about the three points, and with that mission accomplished, who cares about the performance?

That is to say, while not vintage, it wasn't exactly poor as our player ratings will reflect.

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