Sean Dyche marked his fifth anniversary in charge of Burnley with a win as Jeff Hendrick’s second league goal of the season proved enough to sink Newcastle.
A game low on quality was heading for a goalless conclusion when unmarked Hendrick tapped home Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s fine cross after Rob Elliot had beaten away Jack Cork’s effort.
Newcastle had earlier gone close when Ayoze Perez’s curling attempt from the edge of the penalty area forced Nick Pope into a full-stretch diving save.
Joselu drilled another chance wide in the 83rd minute as the visitors fell to a 12th defeat in their last 16 top-flight away games.
Dyche has been linked with the manager’s job at Everton.
“I just keep going on with my job,” he said, when asked about the vacancy at Goodison Park after the game.
The perfect anniversary present
When Dyche took charge of Burnley on 30 October 2012, the Clarets were 14th in the Championship table.
Now they are seventh in the Premier League – level on points with sixth-placed Liverpool – after their 85th win in 211 league game under the former Watford boss.
“It’s a nice looking league table but it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon and we have made a good start,” added Dyche.
“We never take anything for granted here because you can’t do in this division as it’s very tough.”
This is Burnley’s third season – and second in a row – in the top-flight under Dyche.
No longer are the Clarets seen as cannon fodder at this level.
They have played better than they performed against Newcastle in a match which only came to life in the closing quarter.
The Clarets were missing club record £15m signing Chris Wood due to a hamstring injury and it looked like they were going to have to settle for a point until Hendrick pounced for his second goal in his last four league games.
The Republic of Ireland international could not miss after Gudmundsson’s quality cross before, late on, Elliot denied Ashley Barnes from doubling the lead with a one-handed stop.