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Season 2017-18
Bournemouth (a) Premier League 
since 2012 

Saturday 24th February 2018, 3.00pm

 Vitality Stadium (Dean Court)

Conditions: Sunny but cold

Admission: £30

Programme: £3.50


Newcastle United

2 - 2




17 mins: A fabulous ball from Jonjo Shelvey ball found Matt Ritchie down the United right and when he threaded a low ball across to Dwight Gayle, the number nine back-heeled into un unattended goal at the second attempt, Asimir Begovic having made insufficient contact to his initial shot 1-0

45+1 mins: A Kenedy corner from the Newcastle left was blocked and eventually came back to Paul Dummett on the same side of the pitch. The defender's deep centre reached Ayoze Perez beyond the far post and he fired it back across goal from a tight angle. Begovic let it through his fingers, giving Dwight Gayle the easiest of chances to register his and our second goal of the day 2-0

Half time: Cherries 0 Magpies 2

80 mins: A swift move down the left saw Josh King find Lewis Cook and his back heel fell nicely into the path of substitute Adam Smith. He strode into the box before fired home an unstoppable shot via the crossbar, with Dubravka seemingly wrong footed 1-2

89 mins: Former Magpie Dan Gosling side-footed first time from six yards past Dubravka after an attacking move ended with Ake teeing him up after United looked helpess as the ball darted across and around their box. 2-2

Full time: Cherries 2 Magpies 2

We Said


"I think it's a pity because the team was doing well and had chances to score the third goal but that is football and the Premier League.

"We were really pleased with the first half and even at the start of the second half, but when we conceded the goal, we lost the composure and control.

"Maybe because we missed a clear chance just before the goal, so both of those together make us lack confidence in those minutes. 

"Both things together against a team who is pushing so at the end, you need experience to manage these situations.

"In the end, I think we had a bit of bad luck because there were too many bodies and the player was free in the box. But they were pushing and pushing and these things can happen.

On Shelvey's missed chance:

"Everybody is disappointed, especially him. He knows it was a good chance. Itís something that can happen, and the important thing is to make sure that the team remains as strong as it was in the first half.

"We had control for most of the second half, and the good thing is that we continued to create chances. We did a lot of things right, but we didnít win the game.

"I wasnít worried about missing the chance, but afterwards when we conceded the goal, I could feel that things were changing.

"We had to manage things better, although it was difficult because they were pushing and making crosses from everywhere.

"You have to defend that. We were trying to clear, but we couldnít because they were getting the second ball. You have to defend that though, and you have defend better.

"We didnít do that, and after 70 minutes of doing well, we couldnít defend well enough.

"Dwight (Gayle) was complaining about a little bit of tightness in his hamstrings, so we needed to make a substitution.

"The problem is that they were pushing and coming from the wide areas and making crosses.

"Ayoze (Perez) was the striker, and we were trying to make sure that we had more control, but we were giving the ball away and they were pushing.

"Sometimes, you have to give credit to the other team."

Asked if he was looking up the table rather than down:

"Yes, but there is still a feeling that we have lost points today."

They Said


Eddie Howe:

"We have to be satisfied with the point we have. 

"It's been a strange afternoon because for a long spell of the game, we weren't what we wanted to be and at 2-0 down, it looked like a long way back.

"But credit to the players, we found something, changed the system, changed players and for 20 minutes, we looked like the team we want to be on a more consistent basis. At the end there, I thought we were going to win the game.

"I thought they were quite direct and gave us a problem. Defensively, they were quite sound and difficult to break down, as are most teams with Rafa in charge. He builds them well from a defensive point of view.

"We did struggle to create chances and we weren't ourselves. At the end of the game, that's where we wanted to be, we backed them up and they couldn't get out of their box. In the end, I have to praise the spirit of the players.

"In the last few games, we've conceded early. We conceded against Stoke, Huddersfield and the same again today.

"In the Premier League, when you give yourself a mountain to climb, it is a long way back in games. 

"In two out of those three games, we've come back and got something but the challenge I'm going to lay down to the players is to start better obviously and try and go the other way."



Newcastle are now unbeaten in four Premier League fixtures, their longest run of the season.

Despite scoring first in all four games though, three of those four ended in draws.

United scored more than once in the first half of a PL game for the first time this season.

One has to go back to March 2014 and a 4-1 success at Hull City for the last time before today that United managed to net more than once in the opening half of a PL away game (Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy for 2-0 at HT).

Dwight Gayle
has scored five PL goals this season - but Newcastle failed to win any of those games (1-4 at Manchester United, 1-3 at Chelsea, 2-3 at home to Leicester, two today).

The number nine has netted 28 times in 57 league appearances (39 starts) for the Magpies.

United have now scored 15 away goals in the Premier League, better than their most recent two full PL seasons (14 in 2014/15, 12 in 2015/16).

Their blue change kit had a fourth competitive outing and Newcastle remain unbeaten in it (2-2 at Southampton, 2-2 at West Brom, 1-0 at Stoke, 2-2 at Bournemouth)

Cherries v Magpies - all time:

2017/18 drew 2-2 Gayle 2
won 1-0 Perez
1991/92 drew 0-0 (a) FAC
1989/90 lost 1-2 (a) D2
1963/64 lost 1-2 (a) LC




Newcastle should have been in the top half of the Premier League on Saturday evening but instead dropped down to fifteenth after throwing away victory at a sun-drenched Vitality Stadium.

Deservedly two goals up at half time thanks to Dwight Gayle's opportunism, both Ayoze Perez and Jonjo Shelvey then wasted chances to net the third that would surely have ensured that all three points were collected.

And has been the case on countless previous occasions, United were soon punished.

Our hopes of using "Bourne supremacy" as a headline began to look shaky with ten minutes of normal time remaining and a certain Jermain Defoe on the field, when substitute Adam Smith swung his boot and Martin Dubravka conceded his first goal as a Newcastle player.

Old boy Dan Gosling then popped up with his second league goal of the season to level on 89 minutes and leave United hanging on to claim a point as the Cherries pushed for a third.

It was all in stark contrast to the opening half, when a pair of close range finishes from Gayle sent  him to the top of our Premier League scoring chart this season with five - a perfect antidote to Friday's news that injury will further delay fellow striker Islam Slimani's bow.

That two-goal lead accurately reflected an unchanged Newcastle side's superiority - Bournemouth second best as they were at SJP earlier in the season - but United this time taking their chances.

Sadly though their profligacy returned at exactly the wrong time, a 72nd minute free-kick by Gayle blocked but falling to Perez who scooped the ball over the bar.

Shelvey's miss soon after looked even worse; substitute Christian Atsu breaking into the box against his old team before unselfishly squaring it to Jonjo, who fired wide as Nathan Ake arrived to block when seeming a certain scorer.

Within seconds a Bournemouth side who had instantly looked more dangerous following the arrival of Defoe from the bench reduced the arrears and set the nerves jangling - the Cherries having made a habit of late comebacks and successful salvage missions on home territory this season. 

Adding Isaac Hayden and Javier Manquillo to the visiting defence failed to shore it up sufficiently though and the home side increased the pressure as we cheaply surrendered territory.  

Gosling then broke United hearts with barely a minute left; that goal and Southampton's last-gasp leveller at Burnley replacing tenth place and a five point cushion with fifteenth and just two. 

Anger at throwing away a two-goal lead is tempered by the solace of a point, but with trips to Liverpool, Spurs, Leicester, Everton and Watford remaining, this was surely our best chance of claiming a fourth victory on the road this season.

Thankfully we've now broken that unwanted sequence of home failures, but the importance of winning games at Gallowgate now cannot be understated. There really is no room for error. 


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