flag kick from the Strawberry Corner was played short by Ryan Fraser
to Josh King, who diverted the ball infield for Harry Wilson, who had made
an untracked run and had time and space to smack it home at the Gallowgate
mins Jonjo Shelvey's searching through ball picked out Miguel Almiron in
the right channel and and his long ball eventually picked out Alain Saint-Maximin
on the opposite side of the Bournemouth box.
The Frenchman powered the ball goalwards in what looked to be a shot, taking
a slight deflection off a visiting player and sitting at a perfect height
for the onrushing DeAndre Yedlin to power a header home from close
range, both ball and playing ending up tangled in the Leazes End net.
Apparently offside, the player barely celebrated and the reaction from the
crowd was rather less enthusiastic than would normally be expected. As both
sides reformed for the kick-off, the SJP scoreboard confirmed a VAR check
that somehow fell in our favour. The goal was duly given and Bournemouth
kicked off straight away. 1-1
Half time: Magpies 1
52 mins Jetro
Willems sent over a cross from the left side of the area that Federico Fernandez
headed goalwards for Ciaran Clark to scuff a shot that trickled past the
Cherries goalkeeper and into the net.
Full time: Magpies 2 Cherries 1
The Vegan sausage roll clearly wasn't to Steve's taste...
Steve Bruce said:
"The team showed a
great spirit after the first twenty minutes when Bournemouth caused us a lot of
problems. But after that we had to dig in and we created enough chances to
win with a much healthier margin. We needed a break and got one at the right
"There was too big a gap between the back three and midfielders. Always on
the counter attack, we looked - even in the first half, when we weren’t
getting it all our own way - like we had a threat.
"We had 20 attempts in target, which is quite different! When we
scored it lifted the whole crowd, then the longer the game went on we just
needed to take more chances.
"Some of the chances we had - I’ve never known in two games one-on-one
chances like we’ve had - and to not have taken any. It’s quite remarkable.
"We’ve got magnificent support. Results are the only thing that can help
you. The popularity prizes - I’m not really bothered about.
"I’ve seen my team give a gritty, determined performance, and with 20
shots, it was a very good game for us.
"Can I take this club forward? That has always been my aim.When I have
witnessed the tough times we have had over the last few weeks, it was all
worthwhile today because the crowd were right behind us.
In management I think it is always your darkest (hour) when you take a
beating like that (0-5 at Leicester City). It is how you respond and how
do you react. The response has been clear for everyone to see.”
On Alain Saint-Maximin:
"With Allan you can’t coach him, he just has that natural talent. What he
has to work on is how to define a simple pass occasionally, that comes with
"When you have what he has got, you
just want to be able to finish. That is what we have to work on and what we will
work on. Some of his play, his dribbling ability, I said when I’d first seen
him that he will get people off their feet.”
On Ciaran Clark:
"The one thing you want is competition and Ciaran, who was probably
questioning… There were times when I didn't pick him in the squad, like today
- I'm leaving out people like (Javier) Manquillo, who's done nothing
wrong, (Yoshinori) Muto, who's done nothing wrong.
"It's the difficult part of it. All you
can say to them is, 'Take your chance', and Ciaran is the prime example of it.
He's done remarkably well coming from nowhere. I'm delighted for him.
"He trains every day, works hard every
day, great pro and when you see somebody getting the winner like he did from
where he was probably six weeks ago not travelling with us, fair play to
On the front-three not scoring:
"They are doing everything but. They are creating chances, and as long as
they keep contributing I am sure the rest will come."
On defenders scoring:
"That's vitally important. We know how important set-pieces are, and if you
have three central defenders you need to capitalise."
On the Lascelles injury:
"We don’t know how serious it is until we have the relevant scans.
It’s his knee.”
PS: Speaking to the BBC, Bruce also came up with his own Colemanballs
"Professional football is easy, you just stick it in the back of the net. (You)
can do it with your eyes folded."
Eddie Howe said:
started the game so well. We created a number of chances and we looked in a
really good place. We scored a good goal but then we made some uncharacteristic
errors and just gave Newcastle the encouragement they needed to get back into
"We made some uncharacteristic mistakes
with the ball in a time when we were dominating the game and when you give
Newcastle transitions with the attacking players that they have, with the pace
they have in their team, that is a dangerous thing to do and from that point it
just gave them confidence that got the crowd into the game.
"I think that is a huge frustration
from our perspective because we were dominant for that opening spell of the half
and really we should have been looking to try and get that second goal that
maybe we needed.
"I thought Josh (King) had got a
really good chance to score there and unfortunately it goes the wrong side of
On Bournemouth's opening goal:
"I have to give (Assistant Coach) Jason Tindall a lot of credit for
the work he does with set plays, the players and the routines we have.
always prided ourselves on being innovative from those positions and it was
really, really well planned but brilliantly executed by the players and a great
finish from Harry (Wilson).”
Victory gave United their highest points total at this point
of the season since 2014/15 under Alan Pardew: (NB: Premier League seasons only; Championship seasons excluded).
NUFC last ten PL seasons after twelve games:
2019/20: 15 points, 11th (scored 11,
2018/19: 9 points, 14th (scored 9, conceded 15)
2017/18: 14 points, 11th (scored 11, conceded 14)
2015/16: 10 points, 17th (scored 13, conceded 22)
2014/15: 19 points, 5th (scored 14, conceded 15)
2013/14: 20 points, 8th (scored 17, conceded 17)
2012/13: 14 points, 12th (scored 13, conceded 17)
2011/12: 25 points, 3rd (scored 18, conceded 11)
2010/11: 17 points, 5th (scored 21, conceded 16)
2008/09: 12 points, 18th (scored 15, conceded 20)
Cherries in Toon
2019/20 won 2-1 Yedlin, Clark
2018/19 won 2-1 Rondon 2 (PL)
2017/18 lost 0-1 (PL)
2015/16 lost 1-3 Perez (PL)
1991/92 drew 2-2 Hunt 2 (FAC) (lost 3-4 pens)
1989/90 won 3-0 Anderson, Quinn 2 (D2)
1972/73 won 2-0 Macdonald, og (FAC)
Steve Bruce saw his side score more than once at SJP for the first time,
although their measly total of five goals from six PL homes is
ahead only of Crystal Palace and Watford, with four from six.
Newcastle came from behind to win in the Premier League for the first time
since turning a 0-2 deficit into a 3-2 success against Everton at SJP back
in March of this year.
Although they've won just twice at SJP, The Magpies haven't lost at home
in the Premier League since the opening day of the season: a run of five
games. That equals our best run in 2018/19.
United haven't lost a game in November since a 0-3 home defeat by Watford
in 2017; since then they've won five in a row, three in 2018 and two in
Finding the net for a second successive game, Ciaran
Clark scored his tenth
Newcastle goal - and the seventh
in the PL (three
in the Championship). This was the
first of those ten not to be a headed effort.
DeAndre Yedlin struck his third goal for United and second in the
Premier League and first on home territory. Getting off the mark at Derby
County in the Championship during only his second game for the club in
September 2016, his first top-flight goal came at Manchester City in
recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season, coming from behind at
St. James' Park on Saturday to claim three points that lifted them to the dizzy
heights of 11th in the table - before a dose of reality the following day saw
them drop back two places.
And as was the case at West Ham, Steve Bruce's strike force were grateful to
their defensive colleagues for showing them the way in front of goal, DeAndre
Yedlin and Ciaran Clark both netting.
The Magpies lined up unchanged
against the Cherries but were forced into an alteration after just 20 minutes
when Jamaal Lascelles was replaced by Paul Dummett - the captain failing to
recover from an early collision with his own goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka.
That arose from a coming together precipitated by a needless lunge by Callum Wilson, who
had lost possession and wasn't entitled to challenge for the ball. The first of
a series of sneaky and wanton assaults by the visitors had made a mark, and been
ignored by the officials.
Clad in an unpleasant lemon change strip reminiscent of our effort from 2012,
Bournemouth started well and had been denied by a point-blank stop from Dubravka
well before their 14th minute opener.
That came from a short corner routine when Newcastle switched off momentarily
and Harry Wilson ran round from the back post to the near before depositing a
curling shot into the Gallowgate goal.
However, United rallied and after Alain Saint-Maximin had rattled the crossbar
at the other end when he seemed a certain scorer, the Frenchman's deflected shot
was met by Yedlin, who flung himself to head in from almost on the goal line.
Rightly denied a goal from similar range at West Ham last week due to an offside
decision, this one looked an even more clear-cut transgression, but the goal was cleared by VAR
after some moments of indecision - a situation that took much of the joy out of
the moment, the first time that we've endured this bizarre consequence of
technology - or least the way it's currently deployed in the PL.
Newcastle poured forward almost immediately and Joelinton was presented with clear
sight of goal, only to frustratingly shoot wide of the target.
What proved to be the winning goal arrived seven minutes into the second period,
when Jetro Willems floated over a cross, Federico Fernandez headed it on and
Ciaran Clark's scuffed shot trickled into the net for his
second goal in as many games.
The hosts were then content to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack,
Joelinton losing out on a one v one with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale just before
With ten minutes of normal time remaining, another rapid scamper forward from
Saint-Maximin ended with him shooting against the 'keeper and ended up on the
floor deep inside the box.
Enter Miguel Almiron, who looked destined to finally break his scoring duck as
he bore down on the loose ball, blasting it goalwards but somehow managing to
strike the prone Saint-Maximin and see his shot pass narrowly wide of the goal.
Then came what should have been a red card for Lewis Cook who gave Joelinton a
jab to the ribs off the ball, followed up by a couple of slaps, pretending to be
pats for the prone striker. In these days of VAR, it's difficult to know how he
got away with that.
Into six added minutes and with Andy Carroll added to the mix and contributing
at both ends of the pitch, the Cherries threatened until the final seconds when
Josh King looked a certain scorer as he met a deflected corner at the far post -
only to head wide.
Like the questionable call for Yedlin's leveller, that welcome piece of
good fortune allied to a steely resolve secured a
massive win for the Head Coach send us into the international break in good
After a genuine team performance with positive contributions across the field,
it's fair to say that Bruce's side can now be referred as "improving Newcastle."
Players have steadily grown in confidence and competence since that 0-5 walloping at
Leicester in late September when questions over their organisation and
character were rightly raised.
Today's victory comes almost a year to the day since an identical result
defeated Bournemouth here and gave us back to back league successes for the
first time that season.
Then as now, things are anything but ideal round these parts, but there's a
sense that we've finally shaken off the torpor caused by another muddled
pre-season after a dozen games. It wasn't only in the stands that the change of
coach came as a shock to the system.
report to dedicated
to season ticket holder Colin Watson, who passed away hours before the game.
From North Shields, Colin was a familiar face on the Monkseaton/Whitley Bay bus
to away games. Our condolences go to wife Hazel, children Colin & Tracey and his
Colin Watson RIP