Burnley slipped out of the English Premier League as a late fightback was not enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United and their former manager Eddie Howe on Sunday.

The Clarets had looked down and out after Callum Wilson punished an inexplicable Nathan Collins handball from the penalty kick spot.

Newcastle United’s top-scorer was given the freedom of the Burnley box to score an easy second on the hour mark.

Maxwel Cornet powered home a Burnley reply in the 69th minute and, when word came through of a Brentford equaliser against Leeds moments later, Burnley responded.

It was with their best spell of the game, pegging back Newcastle United and forcing corner-kick after corner-kick.

But Cornet headed their best chance straight at Martin Dubravka three minutes from time.

And, as Jack Harrison secured a 2-1 win for Leeds United, Burnley saw their six-year stay in the Premier League come to an end.

It was a cruel finish for the Clarets, who had made themselves favourites to avoid the drop, with a battling draw at Aston Villa on Thursday.

It was the latest point picked up by Mike Jackson, who had taken 11 from eight games since replacing the sacked Sean Dyche last month.

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But, when it got to the decisive day the pressure seemed to get to Burnley, who were too panicked in their play for long periods.

They were unable to get a grip on the game they needed a result from most.

Newcastle United fans will now look ahead to what should be a fascinating close season of investment under their new Saudi owners.

Burnley on the other hand face a host of potential problems in the second tier.

Club accounts show they must now repay a “substantial” portion of a 65million pounds (81 million dollars) loan taken out as part of Alan Pace’s leveraged takeover in late 2020.

Also, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra are on a list of nine first-team players out of contract.(dpa/NAN)