Dan Burn was quick to praise Kieran Trippier tonight after Newcastle United’s resounding victory over Brighton at St James’ Park.

The 4-1 score-line flattered Brighton somewhat was Newcastle controlled the game from the off at St James’ Park, and were it not for some wasteful play in the final third, Newcastle could have been four nil up at half time.

The magpies did go in at half time with a 2-goal advantage thanks to a Deniz Undav own goal and a Dan Burn header both of which came from Kieran Trippier dead-balls.

Dan Burn got his first Premier League goal of the season

Undav scored at the right end early in the second half creating a spot of tension in the St James’ Park crowd, but Newcastle continued to dominate the play, if not the possession. Brighton were allowed back into the game a little bit, and after losing Joe Willock to what looked like a season-ending hamstring injury, Newcastle lost their way a little bit.

However, Callum Wilson, who was quiet all game, popped up on 89 minutes with his 18th goal of the season and then a minute later set up Bruno Guimaraes to make it 4-1.

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At full time Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier spoke to Sky Sports and the former Brighton man dished out the praise for his the £12million signing’s deadballs saying: “Listen, Tripps is a top player. You’ve that consistent delivery and we should have scored a lot more goals from set-pieces. I’m normally good for one a season, I’ve left it late but at least I’ve got one.”

Trippier got Sky’s Player of the Match ahead of Burn

Speaking more generally about the game Burn said: “We stuck at it, credit to the lads. Brighton are a good team so we have to be on our game. We’ve been so consistent and I’m really proud of the boys. It was a top performance.

“We’d have bitten your hand off for this position at the start of the season. We’re strong here at home, especially under the lights so we’ll go again.”

Either one of those lads could have been Player of the Match tonight. Trippier for his dead ball delivery and two assists and Burn for his constant running and his goal; at one point his average position was higher up the pitch than Bruno Guimaraes. However, on the day when Trippier was shortlisted for Premier League Player of the Season, it seems fitting to give it to him.

This win now means Newcastle need just three points from the last two games to secure Champions League football and you’d expect that they’ll get the job done on Monday night at St James’ Park when Leicester come to town.

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