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Date: Saturday 16th March 2019, 3.00pm
Venue: Vitality Stadium
2 - 2
The Late Show, Part I
Miguel Almiron strode forward with
pace from inside his own half and only a cynical trip from Ibe stopped his
progress. Salomon Rondon judged his 25-yard free-kick perfectly,
curling it over the
wall and into the top corner away from Artur Boruc. TV footage shows Ritchie
celebrating as the ball sails over the wall - he knew where it was going from the moment it was hit.
Given the significant numbers of Newcastle fans who didn't witness this goal
because they had already disappeared for half time, one can only assume that
the beer downstairs was free and the pies were even better than
Half time: Cherries
0 Magpies 1
The merest of touches by
Federico Fernandez on Nathan Ake from a corner was deemed a foul by referee
Mike Dean and Josh King
sent Martin Dubravka the wrong way from the spot. If this was a foul then the challenge on
our goalkeeper for the late equaliser at
Wolves was GBH....1-1
81 mins After winning a clash with Fernandez, substitute
Dominic Solanke was allowed to jink in and around the box before laying the ball to King who
hit a firm drive away from Dubravka. 1-2
The Late Show, Part II
90+5 mins Into the fifth minute of a minimum of three added on and
United made one last forward foray as Dummett brought the ball forward from
left back. His hopeful punt towards the box was headed out weakly and
reached Florian Lejeune, who directed it to DeAndre
Yedlin on the right.
The defender hit a looping cross that looked initially destined for Rondon
but fell in front of Matt Ritchie on the left edge of the
box. He caught it beautifully and volleyed left-footed into the roof of the net.
Running towards the jubilant away throng, his celebrations were quickly
scaled down and he was at pains to stress in post-match interviews that he wasn't
meaning to be
disrespectful to his former club. 2-2
Full time: Cherries
2 Magpies 2
"The team is playing with
confidence and we are working as a unit in and attack and defence. So,
we are doing a lot of things right but still we can improve. But, even with
changing players today, we can see the team is solid.
"Everything changed with a decision (the Bournemouth penalty).
We are not happy with too many things and we cannot change that. I think
that we did enough - and especially going 1-0 up - to manage the game and to
get three points.
"We scored two great goals but I’m quite disappointed because we have
to go to the last minute in a game that we were controlling and could get
"The job is not done. It could be 38 points, or 40, to guarantee
(safety). I think 38 will be enough
(to stay up), but we have to keep winning."
On the officials:
"There were too many things that were against us and then we had to
react. The penalty of DeAndre (Yedlin) in 10 minutes that was not given -
you can check that.
"You can check the pulling of (Salomon) Rondon and then we
can check the other one (Bournemouth's) that you will give 100 penalties. "It's football, you have different opinions, but we're not happy with
am very clear that we need the VAR.
"But I don't want to say too much. I'm not happy with the
way things were going on, I'm happy because one more point and one less
"You don’t want any player to miss a penalty so it was important for
him to do well. He scored a great goal - an important goal for us - so, I
think he’s happy and all the fans are, and I am really happy, too.”
On Salomon Rondon:
"He’s doing well for us, and he knows that the main thing he
has to do is just to keep scoring goals and try to help the team.
"Sometimes he can do that by scoring goals, sometimes it’s just
pressing the defenders, holding the ball, linking with other players, things
like that. I think he knows what we need from him, and he must keep doing
"We were practising (free kicks) in training, and he (Rondon)
likes to practice with (Florian) Lejeune, (Matt) Ritchie and
Kenedy. They are all quite good at taking free-kicks.
"In this situation, I didn’t see him, and then I said to Lejeune ‘you
have to take the free-kick’. But then Salomon said ‘I can do it.’ I
didn’t see Salomon at that stage, but Lejeune is quite good from a
distance, but Rondon is also quite good from a distance, and they compete
against each other in training sessions, so they’re quite good. I was
happy for either to take it.
"I’m sure people will be talking about that (his future) but for us,
it doesn’t matter now."
Matt Ritchie added:
"It was a good goal, one of my better ones.
"It's a strange feeling as I owe so much (to Bournemouth). I wheeled
away and realised I have a lot of respect for this club.
"I've hit a few like that here back in the day (including one
against the mackems from further out at the same end). It's just good to get a goal
as I missed the penalty last week and goals have been few and far between
"To concede early in the second half was disappointing and everyone
knows how good Bournemouth are in attack. It shows good spirit from us and
we can really build on that in the way we have got the point. Shows we’ve
"Everyone knows what a good side Bournemouth are, they pick up
points but it’s the way they do it. We knew it was going to be a tough
game, they have so much pace and quality.
"Second half we got on top and if they’d got the third we would
have been out of the game.”
"He's very good. It's massive that he does stay now, especially at the
moment with the unrest among the fans. There's no better man for the club -
he's seen everything, he's been everywhere in football."
Cherries boss Eddie Howe
"It's a difficult one to take - it wasn't a perfect game
from us, we found the first half quite difficult but it was a much improved
"Until we went 2-1 up I felt we were the dominant team. Newcastle put pressure
on but we defended really well at times and it looked like we were going to see
the game out until the ball fell to Matty's left foot.
"It's bizarre how football can find these stories, he's probably the one player
on the pitch we didn't want the ball to fall to on his left foot as we know how
he can strike the ball from distance.
"I'm sure I speak on behalf of the Bournemouth supporters, when you concede so
late in the game and you think the referee's about to blow. But that's what
makes the game special - it isn't over till it's over.
"We've still got more work to do. We're still looking above us as well at the
same time trying to catch the teams above us.
"It's a good time for us, a two week break to get some bodies back. We need
"We've got some quality players that are not available at the moment and
our squad will look a lot stronger when they return."
scored their first PL goal during first half added time
since February 2018, when Dwight Gayle netted with the clock at 45+1 to put
United 2-0 up at....Bournemouth.
The similarities with Rondon's goal here are sizeable: United's
number 9 wearing a blue change strip and netting at the north end of this
In terms of second half added time, Ritchie's was our latest in the
PL since Papiss Cisse on 90+5 against Crystal Palace at SJP in February
There has been an even later one since then: Dwight Gayle against Norwich City in
the Championship at SJP in September 2016 on 90+6 (just after Yoan Gouffran
had scored on 90+5.)
2008/09 29 points, 18th, goal
2015/16 25 points, 19th, goal difference -27
2017/18 35 points, 12th, goal difference -9
2018/19 35 points, 13th, goal difference -9
Ritchie netted his second Premier League goal of the season following a
penalty conversion at home to Manchester City in January. His only other
competitive goal in 2018/19 was also from the spot, at home to Blackburn Rovers in the
And although this was the first time he's netted against Bournemouth since
moving to SJP, Ritchie has made a habit of scoring against them, bagging no
less than four while at Swindon tOWN.
Ritchie's PL scoring record to date is: 2015/16: 4, 2017/18: 3,
That's now double figures in a Newcastle shirt for Salomon Rondon
(nine in the PL, one in the LC) and the first time he's netted in
consecutive games for us.
Nine PL goals matches his best-ever return in the top-flight and he's never
bettered 10 league and cup goals in his three seasons at West Brom.
United have now scored 12 goals away from home in the Premier League,
matching their previous lowest total in that competition, set in 2015/16.
Cherries v Magpies - all time:
2018/19 drew 2-2
2017/18 drew 2-2 Gayle 2
2015/16 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
Former Cherry, Matt Ritchie, scored a spectacular last gasp equaliser as
Newcastle's longest trek of the season saw them return with a deserved point from the Vitality Stadium
Not only did that prevent a home victory, but it also stopped referee Mike
Dean from hugging the limelight that he so obviously craves, after some typical
attention-seeking decision making.
Dean awarded Bournemouth a dubious penalty and denied a strong claim from
United as Salomon Rondon's fabulous first half free-kick was cancelled out
by Josh King's spot-kick.
The chance for the opener arrived courtesy of Miguel Almiron's surging
forward run in first half added time, unceremoniously ended by Jordon Ibe
not far from the Cherries box and then punished by a perfectly-executed free
kick from Salomon Rondon that thundered home to give United the lead.
However Dean penalised Federico Fernandez for the merest of contacts on
Nathan Ake in the box following a 47th minute corner, allowing King to beat Martin Dubravka from the spot.
The referee had been rather less willing to penalise the hosts in the
opening half when DeAndre Yedlin was fouled in the box after the ball had
gone and also ruled in favour of Bournemouth when
showing yellow rather than red for a scything challenge on Ayoze Perez.
There were three changes to the side that memorably defeated Everton a week
earlier: Fabian Schar's suspension and Jamaal Lascelles' knee problem saw Federico
Fernandez make his first PL appearance of 2019 and Paul Dummett start a game
for the first time since January 2nd.
Having returned against Everton in place of the
incapacitated Sean Longstaff, Ki was omitted from today's squad, Mo Diame restored to the starting XI in his place.
Ciaran Clark was fit enough to return to the bench, while Yoshinori Muto
featured for the first time since early January.
Perez had been the first name in the referee's book after just nine minutes
for an innocuous clash, but when he was wiped out in the centre circle by
Jefferson Lerma the punishment was identical - the Bournemouth player
seemingly expecting to go off.
Paul Dummett later kept United on level terms with a tremendous goal line clearance
from Callum Wilson reminiscent of Barry Venison's similarly acrobatic effort
at Luton Town back in 1994, the difference being that quarter of a century
later, goal-line technology confirmed the outcome.
However, that all looked to be
in vain when King got his second in the 81st minute after being played in by
substitute Dominic Solanke - who took advantage of momentary indecision by
Fernandez and the reluctance of his colleagues to intervene
(doubtless for fear of giving another penalty away).
The mood of the away contingent then became even bleaker when Chris Mepham
inexplicably got away with an intentional back pass to his goalkeeper, stewards trying to calm things down
at the front of the away stand as the game moved
into added time.
United were denied victory here last season by a late home equaliser
that made it 2-2, but the mood was vastly different when Ritchie stunned his
former club with an absolutely unstoppable volley in the fourth minute of
added time. The Newcastle contingent nearby predictably celebrated wildly - some
ending up on the field alongside the scorer and his colleagues.
Although there's justified annoyance at throwing away an away advantage for
the fifth time in the Premier League this season, Ritchie's rocket secured another
vital point towards safety.
Just one defeat in their last six games leaves Rafa's side thirteenth with 35 points
after 31 games,
exactly the same points tally from that number of games in 2017/18 with
identical goals scored (31) and conceded (40).
The Magpies went seven points clear of Cardiff City - who have played one game
fewer - while a 1-2 loss by Burnley to ten-man Leicester left them in big trouble
ahead of some stinking fixtures.
Huddersfield Town threw away a 3-1 lead at West Ham to
lose 4-3 and hasten their departure to the Championship; a 1-2 home loss to Liverpool
on Sunday looking to condemn Fulham to joining them. A late penalty from
James Milner left his former SJP colleague Scott Parker high and dry.
A fortnight away from our next game and as the manager admits, the job of
avoiding relegation is all but complete again. At that point Rafa was said
that he'll sit down and talk about his future - it would be a brave man that
predicted the outcome of those exchanges with any confidence.