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Tarkowski admits Burnley 'devastated' as Newcastle defeat sends them down

Burnley were relegated from the Premier League on a dramatic final day as a home loss to Newcastle United condemned them to the Championship.

At the start of the day, Burnley were above Leeds on goal difference, but Jesse Marsch's side won 2-1 at Brentford to end the Clarets' six-year spell in the top flight.

Callum Wilson scored twice for Newcastle through a calm penalty after Nathan Collins' needless handball, then from Allan Saint-Maximin's cross.

Burnley, who sacked long-serving manager Sean Dyche with eight games to go, got a goal back as Maxwel Cornet blasted in a volley after his first effort had been parried by Martin Dubravka.

When Leeds' advantage was cancelled out at Brentford there was fresh hope among the home fans, but their team could not force an equaliser - and Leeds' injury-time winner meant even that would not have been enough.

Burnley defender James Tarkwoski later said: "We're devastated but over the season we've not been good enough. We need to be better than we have been and we've got our just reqwards by not doing enough.

"We have had too many sloppy moments and not won enough matches. We've had an incredible run in this league against these teams and their budgets. It's been a great achievement but that doesn't mean we wanted it to end in the way we have done.

"There is never a lack of effort or desire from our team but we have just lacked individual quality in front of goal. We've given it our all. There is a great set of lads in there who've never given up but unfortunately we have come up short. It summed up our season."

On the fans, he added: "They've been incredible ever since I've come here. They've been brilliant this season. It's easy to turn against team when they are struggling but they have been with us all the way.

"I can only apologise we've not done enough this season."

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