Dan Burn has played down the severity of his injury-time bust-up with Kai Havertz after Newcastle United’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.
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Joe Willock’s superb goal in the second half sealed a deserved win for Eddie Howe’s side at St James’ Park, which has left them third in the Premier League heading into the World Cup break.
In the closing stages of the game, both sets of players were involved in a brawl on the pitch after Burn and Havertz squared up to each other.
The two players share a history as the Chelsea star escaped a red card when he elbowed the Newcastle defender during their game at Stamford Bridge in March.
When asked about the incident after the win over Chelsea, Burn said: ‘It was the emotion of the game wasn’t it?
‘Me and Kai had a few run-ins before and it’s just part and parcel of the game. It can get the better of you at the times.
‘But when you are in that environment and clinging on in stoppage time and wanting to win the game these things happen.’
Newcastle have already reached 30 points in the Premier League – a milestone which they did not manage until March last campaign.
‘It’s nice to hear that. Last season was a very, very difficult season, a very different one to the one we’re experiencing this time around,’ Howe said.
‘We just want to get as many points as quickly as we can. We’re enjoying the moment we’re in, everyone’s together, everyone’s united, really fighting for the same cause and the players tonight deserve huge credit for what they delivered.
‘I thought it was up there with our best displays of the season.’