Jamal Lewis has had to wait patiently for his opportunity at Newcastle United but has now started two games in a week and is looking undroppable.

Despite being a Steve Bruce signing the Northern Ireland left-back was essentially frozen out by his former boss and made just one Premier League appearance before this week.

Lewis had an outstanding game against Burnley and was many people's pick for man of the match.

After the game he posted on Instagram: "I will fight for this team until the very last minute."

His joy was shared by team-mates and notably, even those who didn't feature in the win were happy to see him finally get a chance and succeed.

Both Isaac Hayden and Jacob Murphy took to Instagram to congratulate the left-sided defender.

His contributions were there for all to see in the post-game stats as he made four clearances and four successful tackles to keep a physical Burnley side at bay.

And he kept it clean with an unflappable display as he made no fouls.

After getting into the side ahead of Matt Ritchie, Eddie Howe has a tough call to make at Leicester.

Newcastle United's Sports Scientist Dan Hodges
Newcastle United's Sports Scientist Dan Hodges

The post-game scenes fans didn't see

Howe's end of match lap of appreciation is growing in popularity.

After the 3-3 draw against Brentford, Howe instructed his back-room team to go around the hallowed turf to show just how important fan power is going to be this season.

Howe missed the first game but continued the gesture against Norwich and most notably against Burnley when many supporters stayed in their seats to applaud the team off.

But long after the game had finished the hard work continued as Howe's sports science man Dan Hodges put the substitutes who either hadn't played or been used in cameo roles through their paces.

This was felt like more than a warm down and looked like a mini-training session.

Certainly, as the players left the field dripping in sweat after Hodges' teatime drill you got the feeling that the work never really stops under the new boss.

Alan Shearer and Rob Lee joined by sons as Newcastle finally win
Alan Shearer and Rob Lee joined by sons as Newcastle finally win

Famous in the crowd

It might have been an ugly win but Newcastle's triumph over Burnley came in front of some famous faces in the crowd.

Perched at the top of the Milburn Stand stood the club's all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer alongside Rob Lee and the duo's sons.

Further down the executive area, there were more faces from the club's illustrious past in Sir John Hall and Freddy Shepherd's sons Kenneth and Charles.

It may have only been a narrow win against the Clarets but as fans stayed behind and applauded Newcastle players and Eddie Howe off the field, there is a feeling that exciting times could again be around the corner.

And judging by the smiles of Shearer and co, they know it too.