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
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
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
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
"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
"Maybe because we missed a clear chance just before the goal, so both of
those together make us lack confidence in those minutes.
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
"We had to manage things better,
although it was difficult because they were pushing and making crosses from
"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
"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."
"We have to be satisfied with the point we
"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
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
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
Their blue change kit had a fourth competitive outing and
unbeaten in it (2-2 at Southampton, 2-2 at West Brom, 1-0 at Stoke, 2-2 at
Cherries v Magpies - all time:
2017/18 drew 2-2
2015/16 won 1-0
1991/92 drew 0-0 (a) FAC
1989/90 lost 1-2 (a) D2
1963/64 lost 1-2 (a) LC
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
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.