Date: Wednesday 1st July 2020, 6.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports/Sky One/Pick
Venue: Vitality Stadium.
1 - 4
Some loose passing by the
home side outside their own box was seized on by Sean Longstaff who won the ball
off Jefferson Lerma. Allan Saint-Maximin
played in Dwight Gayle who
had time to steady himself and fire into the far corner of the goal in front
of the Ted McDougall Stand.
Javier Manquillo charged
into the area and surprisingly laid the ball to his left rather than shoot.
The attack seemed to break down but Saint-Maximin's trickery took him past
three defenders to the left byline and his expert pull-back teed up Sean Longstaff to
fire into the top of the net.
ASM claimed after the game he had told
"Longy" to be waiting for exactly that
sort of a pass.
Half time: Cherries 0 Magpies
slotted a perfect pass through for substitute Miguel Almiron to run towards
the box. Miggy took the ball in his stride before floating a lovely
effort into the far corner of the net with his right foot.
Another forward foray saw
Jonjo Shelvey release Valentino Lazaro who was just onside.
The Austrian made his way into the box before firing an unstoppable shot
past Aaron Ramsdale.
Nathan Ake got goal side of
his marker Andy Carroll to nod a Junior Stanislas
free-kick across goal, allowing Dan Gosling beat Emil Krafth and poke
the ball in from close range.
Full time: Cherries 1 Magpies
"Some of the football we
played was arguably the best since I've been at the club. Fair play
to the players, the ones that came in brought a freshness to us,
"I was delighted with how we played except for how things ended, but
I'll forgive them for that!
a joy to watch at the moment. He was a constant threat, played very,
very well and he is providing that end product which we need.
He has wonderful talent. Every time I go to a ground and people
haven't seen him play, they always say what a talent he is. He can
only get better.
"I felt we had lost that cutting
edge, creating an opportunity to try to win a match. We enjoyed
playing, that was pretty evident. There was a certain cutting edge
to them. Long may it continue.
"If we can get into the top 10 that would be a great
achievement after a lot of people wrote me and the players off.
"But even at my age that just makes me roll my sleeves up and show
them. It was a bit disrespectful at times.
"It makes you work harder and spurs you on. Iím delighted to manage
this great club.Ē
Eddie Howe said:
"When youíre in our position looking for a lift, itís a hammer blow
the other way (to concede so early in the game). We believed the
team was in a good place: itís a bit of a head-scratcher for us at the
"It's tough at the moment to sit here and
pick out the positives. We know the situation we're in is difficult.
"We know tonight was not a good night. I think me sitting here and
saying otherwise would be foolish, but I do still believe we can get out of the position we are in.
'I do still believe in the players and the group we have, I have no
doubt about that. But we have to take tonight on the chin.
"I don't doubt that (the players' effort). It's very easy from the
outside to think differently, especially with the manner of the games at
the moment, the lack of a crowd.
"I can see close at hand what it means to the players. How much they are
hurting. Tonight wasn't pretty but I can assure everybody it wasn't through a
lack of effort.
"We have to find answers quickly, we
have a tough run of fixtures to come but I have no doubts we can turn
Steve Bruce's side notched up their fifth away win of the
season, following successes at Spurs, West Ham, Sheffield United and
Southampton. With three trips left, that total is their best return since
the seven they notched up during the 2013/14 campaign.
Since then they've managed just two in 2015/16, three in 2014/15 and
four in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Cherries v Magpies - all time:
2019/20 won 4-1 Gayle, S.Longstaff, Almiron, Lazaro
2018/19 drew 2-2 PL Rondon, Ritchie
2017/18 drew 2-2 PL Gayle 2
2015/16 won 1-0 PL Perez
1991/92 drew 0-0 FAC
1989/90 lost 1-2 D2 Quinn
1966/67 won 4-1 FR Bennett 2, Davies, Robson.
1963/64 lost 1-2 LC McGarry pen
Newcastle remain unbeaten here in the top flight, with two victories and two draws from
The Magpies have taken the lead on all four of those games, leading
either by 1-0 or 2-0 at the interval.
There was another successful outing for the orange change strip:
Spurs (a) PL won 1-0
Rochdale (a) FA drew 1-1
West Bromwich Albion (a) FA won 3-2
Bournemouth (a) PL won 4-1
NUFC biggest PL away wins:
2019/20 Bournemouth 4-1
2018/19 Fulham 4-0
2013/14 Hull City 4-1
2007/08 Spurs 4-1
2005/06 mackems 4-1
2005/06 West Ham 4-2
2001/02 smoggies 4-1
2001/02 Bolton Wanderers 4-0
2001/02 Leeds United 4-3
1998/99 Derby County 4-3
1998/99 Coventry City 5-1
1993/94 West Ham 4-2
One has to go back to January 2018 to find the last time that
we recorded successive PL away wins before tonight (West Ham 3-2
then Stoke City 1-0).
Newcastle scored before the interval for the first time since their
visit to Wolves in January, managing two in the opening period for
only the second time all season after the 3-2 win at West Ham, (they
were 2-0 in at HT).
United extended their unbeaten PL sequence to
five games, their longest run in that competition since
concluding the 2015/16 relegation season by going six games without
Bournemouth's added-time consolatation goal denied the Magpies back
to back away clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time
since December 2013 (Manchester United 1-0 then Crystal
Victory here gave Newcastle their third PL double of the
season, following home and away wins against Southampton and
Sheffield United. It also continued the side's recent good run at
venues on the South Coast:
2017/18 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2017/18 Southampton (a) drew 2-2
2017/18 Bournemouth (a) drew 2-2
2018/19 Southampton (a) drew 0-0
2018/19 Bournemouth (a) drew 2-2
2018/19 Brighton (a) drew 1-1
2019/20 Southampton (a) won 1-0
2019/20 Bournemouth (a) won 4-1
2019/20 Brighton (a) ????
Valentino Lazaro followed up his maiden club goal in the FA
Cup at West Bromwich Albion with a debut Premier League strike, the
first Austrian to score for us in that competition and our 150th
different PL scorer in all.
Sean Longstaff had also netted in the FA Cup (at Oxford), but
this was his first PL goal of the current season.
Miguel Almiron became the first Newcastle player in 2019/20
to reach the coveted Bobby Shinton* threshold of seven goals in a
season, in his case three in PL and four in the FA Cup.
(*For the uninitiated, this journeyman striker topped our scoring
charts in the 1980/81 season, a particular grim campaign when we
managed just 30 goals in 42 Division Two games. What made it worse
was that Bobby won the mythical shiny boot despite missing the last
14 games due to injury).
Jonjo Shelvey leads the way in PL stats only with five goals
and still needs one more to draw level as our lowest PL top scorer
(John Barnes in 1997/98 and both Nobby Solano and Carl Cort in
2000/01 reached the half dozen).
Dwight Gayle netted his 31st competitive Newcastle goal
(eight in the PL, 23 in the Championship. He was lauded during the
TV commentary for reaching the landmark of 100 career goals but
actually make it 101:
Dagenham & Redbridge 7 (all league)
Peterborough United 13 (all league)
Crystal Palace 26 (15 league, 9 League Cup, 2 FA Cup)
West Bromwich Albion 24 (all league)
Newcastle 31 (all league)
The odd one appears to be the 24th and final goal Dwight bagged for
WBA, which came in a Championship playoff game - a bit unfair to
Former Magpie Dan Gosling became the third SJP old boy to
find the net in games featuring Newcastle this season, following on
from Ayoze Perez (Leicester City) and Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal
Palace). A fourth also managed it in pre-season; Mathieu Debuchy
Gosling has a habit of scoring late goals against us, netting here
in the 89th minute of a 2-2 draw back in February 2018.
United won a PL game on a Wednesday for the first time in
20 attempts, since Papiss Cisse's brace ensured a 2-0 success
away at Chelsea in May 2012. Since then we've played 19 PL games
home and away on that day of the week, losing 15 and drawing four.
This was Newcastle's first competitive domestic fixture in July
- we have played in this month previously though, in the good old
Opta reported that Saint-Maximin's trio of assists made him
third NUFC player to do that in a PL game. They followed that up
by naming the previous two occasions as Andy Cole v West Ham
(a) in March 1994 and Moussa Sissoko v Norwich City (h) in
However a week before that visit to West Ham, Newcastle defeated
Swindon Town 7-1 in the PL at SJP - and Cole racked up three assists
in that game.
With the Magpies 2-0 up, Cole's 67th minute shot was parried and
turned home by Rob Lee. By the 76th minute it was 4-0 before Cole
played a ball through for Steve Watson to make it 5-0. 5-1 then
became 6-1 on 79 minutes after Watson forced in a rebound from
Cole's blocked shot.
(From the PL definition of an assist: "Players who have their
shots saved, blocked by a defender or denied by the woodwork can
earn an assist if the ball then falls to a team-mate to score or
results in an own goal.")
NUFC after 32 games - last three seasons:
2017/18: 38 points, 10th (scored 33, conceded 41)
2018/19: 35 points, 14th (scored 31, conceded 42)
2019/20: 42 points, 13th (scored 33, conceded 43)
The Geordie Dancer
The Dorset coastline may currently be
congested, but United found plenty of room to roam in Bournemouth on
Wednesday across a nearby grassed area...
The Magpies recovered from their FA Cup exit three days earlier to
score four Premier League goals for the first time this season and
pass the 40 point barrier with a routine success at the Vitality
First half efforts from Dwight Gayle and Sean Longstaff left the
orange-clad visitors in total control, before substitutes Miguel
Almiron and Valentino Lazaro bruised the Cherries further in an
equally one-sided second half.
The only blemish for Steve Bruce's side was surrendering a clean
sheet in second half added time, SJP old boy Dan Gosling bundling
the ball home with the only effort that the hosts got on target all
Our hectic schedule made rotation advisable and five new faces
appeared from Sunday: messrs Rose, Schar, Hayden, Almiron and
Carroll all benched in favour of Krafth, Bentaleb, Shelvey,
Joelinton and Gayle.
There was talk of Allan Saint-Maximin being rested after a
subdued FA Cup game but he kept his place here and was soon back to
his exhilarating best.
Within five minutes of the start he'd slotted a pass into the box
for Gayle to fire home after Longstaff had caught Jefferson Lerma
idling on the ball.
And by the half hour the Frenchman had let the home defence a dance
on the opposite flank, swaying to the left hand byline before
pulling the ball back for Longstaff to net with a rising left
The second scorer was soon forced off with what looked like a pulled
muscle, having got up after two previous hefty tackles, and was
replaced by Almiron.
That added another variable to what was almost a rotating front four
of him, Gayle, Saint-Maximin and Joelinton - the latter who was in a
wide role here.
A shapeless and disheartened home side were playing like they were
already in the Championship and allowed United to have unprecedented
levels of possession.
Having come from behind here to deny us victory on our two most
recent visits, a response from Bournemouth after the restart was
inevitable - and they did have the ball in the net after just 30
Dominic Solanke's shot came back off the goal frame and was
converted by Josh King, but he was rightly ruled offside and with
that decision went his side's hopes of salvaging anything from this
Soon after Saint-Maximin had seen his effort from distance he laid
on another goal; galloping forward down the left before laying the
ball infield to Almiron.
The Paraguayan continued his diagonal run into the box before
supplying a classy clipped finish over the goalkeeper
reminiscent of Peter Beardsley.
0-3 behind, a rare home advance ended with David Brooks pinging his
shot off the crossbar before Saint-Maximin made way for Carroll
(minus what must have been his FA Cup beard).
It goes without saying that every display of this level increases
ASM's resale value and makes it more likely that he'll be sold on,
if the takeover isn't concluded.
Being bleak about this, if Ashley remains in control, we not get to
see him in the flesh again - at least in our kit. By the time we're
back the Frenchman will be away.
ASM's departure though didn't end the scoring; Shelvey driving down
the centre and Lazaro springing the alleged offside trap to score
his first PL goal.
A fifth should have followed, but when Lazaro smashed a shot off the
underside of the crossbar, fellow replacement Isaac Hayden skied it
over the unguarded net - and his blushes weren't spared when a look
across the line confirmed no offside flag was raised ("miss of the
century" he later called it).
There was to be a slight sting in the tail when the hosts got one
back right at the end of added time, but that failed to detract from
a memorable night that featured four excellent team goals.
The last time Newcastle scored that
many times away from home was on that memorable day at Fulham last
season; Toon fans arriving by boat and floating home on a tide of
optimism and over-priced drink.
Fast forward 14 months and things were rather different here,
goals greeted with nothing more than yelps from the players echoing
around empty stands.
Having scored precisely one goal in the five PL games before
lockdown, it's entirely typical of this club to now conjure up goal fests
with none of their followers present: four here making it eight in
three closed door games.
How long though before scenes of epic celebration that greeted Matt
Ritchie's late equaliser here last season get to be repeated? Next
season - or never?
The phrase "new normal" is now much-used; the worry is that blanket
coverage of every PL game on TV is quickly becoming acceptable - and
redrawing the football map for those who would usually be in
Home fans will doubtless return at some point next season, but we
have genuine concerns that away travellers will be excluded for
longer under the pretext of public safety - required only for a fake
Hopefully we're being overly gloomy, but for tonight at least a
hasty rewrite of one song was required:
"This is the best trip I've never been on."