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Season 2018-19
Bournemouth (a) Premier League

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Saturday 16th March 2019, 3.00pm

 Vitality Stadium

Conditions: Stormy

Programme: £3.50


Newcastle United

2 - 2




The Late Show, Part I

45+4 mins 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 Delia's....unbelievable. 

Half time: Cherries 0 Magpies 1

48 mins 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.

Full time: Cherries 2 Magpies 2

We Said


"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.

"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 something more.

"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:

"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.

"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 that.

"I 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 game."

On Matt Ritchie: 

"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 that.

"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 this season.

"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 got belief.

"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.”

On Rafa:

"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."

They Said

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said:

"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 second-half display.

"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 that. 

"We've got some quality players that are not available at the moment and our squad will look a lot stronger when they return."


Newcastle 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 ground.

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 2014.

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 difference -15
2015/16 25 points, 19th, goal difference -27
2017/18 35 points, 12th, goal difference -9
2018/19 35 points, 13th, goal difference -9

Matt 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 FA Cup.

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, 2018/19: 2.

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 Rondon, Ritchie
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 on Saturday.

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.


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