Newcastle United have moved six points clear of the relegation zone after substitute Allan Saint-Maximin inspired the Magpies to a 2-1 win against Burnley.

Matej Vydra had given the hosts the lead at Turf Moor but Saint-Maximin changed the game when he entered the fray just before the hour mark.

As well as teeing up Jacob Murphy's equaliser, Saint-Maximin put his side in front with a superb individual goal as the black-and-whites recorded their first win since February.

Here are five things we learned from the game.

Allan Saint-Maximin changes the game

Allan Saint-Maximin was a menace in the reverse fixture in October and the Frenchman made a telling impact just two minutes after coming on at Turf Moor.

Saint-Maximin has worked hard on his end product in the last year-and-a-half and that has added a new dimension to his game. Rather than going it alone or attempting a trick too many, the forward calmly rolled the ball into Jacob Murphy's path on 59 minutes - and the wing-back fired Newcastle level with a stunning equaliser.

Then, on 64 minutes, Saint-Maximin put his side ahead with a magnificent individual goal. The Frenchman picked the ball up inside his own half and galloped all the way into Burnley's box as the Clarets' worried defenders back-peddled. Saint-Maximin then turned James Tarkowski and Ben Mee inside out before drilling a brilliant effort past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Was it any wonder Saint-Maximin celebrated with a jig? The mercurial forward is only the fifth player ever to both score and assist a goal as a substitute in a Premier League game for Newcastle.

Newcastle have boxed clever and will reap benefits

Ahead of this game, Steve Bruce admitted he felt an 'urgency' to start both Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin after the pair trained well this week.

Although Bruce ultimately erred on the side of caution - Saint-Maximin and Wilson have both come back from muscle injuries - the Newcastle head coach did point out that his star forwards could be 'ready and available to win us the game'. So it proved.

Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United celebrates with Jacob Murphy and Callum Wilson after scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United
Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United celebrates with Jacob Murphy and Callum Wilson after scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United

With Burnley ahead and in command, you could see the lift that Wilson and Saint-Maximin gave their team-mates when they were introduced from the bench on 57 minutes.

Newcastle simply looked a completely different side - Miguel Almiron could have even scored a third for the visitors late on after good work from Saint-Maximin - and the decision to box clever with the noticeably fresh Saint-Maximin and Wilson will give the Magpies a fillip in the final weeks of the season.

Newcastle take a step towards safety

The last time Fulham suffered a painful defeat on a Friday night, against Leeds last month, Newcastle failed to seize the initiative and the Magpies were hammered 3-0 by Brighton just 24 hours later.

Newcastle should not be relying on favours from other teams but, following Wolves' late, late win at Fulham two days previously, this was yet another huge opportunity to pull away from Scott Parker's side and move six points clear of the Cottagers with a game in hand.

The Magpies had recorded just two victories since mid-December but given the fixtures that lie in wait, Bruce's side were not going to have many better opportunities to win a match in the final weeks of the campaign. Fifteen-placed Burnley, after all, had not won a league game at Turf Moor in nearly three months.

However, it was Burnley who were more up for the fight in the opening 55 minutes and while Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty in the first half, the Magpies merely played into the hosts hands by punting the ball forward time and time again.

It looked like it was going to be one of those days - how many times have Newcastle struggled against teams in and around them in recent months? - but as much as Saint-Maximin changed the game, his team-mates also battled to turn this around and they stood up to Burnley's push for an equaliser late on.

Do not underestimate Martin Dubravka's role in this win

Allan Saint-Maximin will rightly get all the plaudits but Martin Dubravka also had a big hand in this win.

Goalkeepers naturally benefit from a run of games and on his sixth straight start since coming back into the side, Dubravka certainly looked sharp.

Burnley bombarded Newcastle's penalty area with crosses and caused problems from set-pieces, but Dubravka was commanding in his box and generally coped with that aerial avalanche.

Martin Dubravka keeps out Paul Dummett's goal bound effort in Newcastle United's game against Burnley at Turf Moor on April 11, 2021
Martin Dubravka keeps out Paul Dummett's goal bound effort in Newcastle United's game against Burnley at Turf Moor on April 11, 2021

The Newcastle No 1 also made two important saves to deny Josh Brownhill and Matt Lowton and even prevented Paul Dummett from scoring an own goal on the stroke of half-time.

As a result, when Saint-Maximin and Wilson eventually entered the fray, just before the hour mark, crucially, Newcastle were very much still in the game.

Formation likely to stay but defending needs to improve

Steve Bruce has tended to stick with a system and the bulk of a personnel when Newcastle have had a positive result this season so, perhaps, it was not a surprise that the Magpies' head coach kept faith with a 3-5-2 and made just two changes as Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark came into the side.

However, Newcastle have given away some sloppy goals of late and, despite again fielding an extra centre-back, the Magpies looked far from secure at Burnley in the opening stages.

Clark failed to deal with a simple long ball in the build-up to Matej Vydra's opener and Ashley Westwood had so much space to be able to look up and slip the ball into Chris Wood's path down the left.

Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley

Recent fallout over the long-running takeover saga at Newcastle United hasn't just been the talk of Tyneside - it was the talk of the footballing world.

Now, Steve Bruce must recollect his team and push forward without the change of ownership and new backing.

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Newcastle had five yellow shirts back in the box but Wood easily skipped past Clark down the line and the big striker cut the ball back to the unmarked Vydra, who made no mistake from close range to put Burnley in front on 18 minutes.

The Magpies managed to limit the amount of opportunities Burnley were able to create after the visitors went in front, themselves, but they simply cannot afford to start games like this.

Given how Bruce stuck with the 3-5-2 when Saint-Maximin and Wilson came on, you get the feeling Newcastle will be using this system regularly in the coming weeks, with tricky games against West Ham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Man City to come.