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Season 2022-23
AFC Bournemouth (h) Premier League


Saturday 17th September 2022, 3.00pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Sombre



 AFC Bournemouth


1 - 1





Half time: Magpies 0 Cherries 0

62 mins With Dan Burn appealing for a non-existent offside, a rare away attack saw Jordan Zemura cross from the front left hand corner of the United area.

That fell to the unchecked Philip Billing, whose first time, left-footed flick from the front left hand corner of the United six yard box beat a surprised Nick Pope at his near post

Ice cold from Alex

67 mins Fabian Schar pumped the ball forward down the right hand channel and into the path of Kieran Trippier, who had stolen into the Cherries box.

Almost level with the six yard box, his attempted first time cross to the lurking Alexander Isak was deflected off the hand of Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma.

After Trippier led the protests, the game paused for a VAR check and match referee Craig Pawson was duly send to check the pitchside monitor on the halfway line of the East Stand.

As is invariably the case, he concurred and following some dialogue with Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak confidently placed the resultant penalty kick to Neto's right in the Leazes goal.

The goalscorer quite literally jumped for joy before returning to the half way line, waving his arms in an effort to encourage vocal home support.

Full time: Magpies 1 Cherries 1

We Said

Eddie Howe - who joined his players in the centre circle before returning to the tunnel and reappearing on the touchline, swapping suit and shoes for tracksuit and trainers with a swiftness that Mr Benn would have admired:

"I think it is a fair result.

"We are disappointed with our performance, there was just something missing from us today. We weren't quite our intense selves.

"The opposition played deep, a lot of men behind the ball, very compact and they didn't take a lot of risks. But we knew that was coming, we prepared for that, there were no surprises for us. It was up to us to break that down.

"The crowd stuck with us, so there is no one else to look at other than ourselves. We need to analyse the game and figure out what we could have done better.

"It’s not going to be a new problem for us, this will be one that will be there and we are going to have to be better with the ball, more creative and show more patience."

On the missing Allan Saint-Maximin:

"I think there’s a massive hole for some like Maxi in a game like today, when you’re playing against a stubborn opponent and you need a bit of magic to unlock the door.

"You’re never going to replace Allan so we have to find a different way. I still believe we can win and be a very effective team without him, just very different.

"There’s no one like him in the Premier League, he’s a very unique player and he brings gifts to the team that on a day like today you’re crying out for, but we just have to improve and we have to be better.

“We’ll give them a bit of time off at the beginning of next week, and a chance to just regroup mentally. It’s a very busy period when we return, and it’s going to be a key spell before the World Cup. How well we do in this next group of games will be very important.”

On picking Burn over Botman:

"We managed their load in the week where we had three games, so today was bringing Dan (Burn) back. I just feel his leadership skills and his experience, we need that in our team at the moment.

“Sven (Botman) is going to be an outstanding player and will play many, many games for this club. We love him to bits, but Dan just gets the nod at the moment.

On the identity of the penalty taker:

"He (Isak) was always going to take it. I'd really encourage our strikers to take that responsibility if they want it. He did - and it was a great penalty."

On Toon discard Ivan Toney and his England call-up:

"I’d love to think that wouldn’t happen now. That’s not a criticism of anyone here at that time; why Ivan left, I don’t know. But when you watch him play now and see his attributes and what he can bring to his team, he’s an outstanding player.

"His England call-up is a great thing for people that drop into the lower leagues. It gives them hope that it’s not the end of their dreams. Ivan’s had to work his way back up and he’s done incredibly well.”

They Said

Gary O'Neil said:

"I'm really disappointed with the penalty, I've seen it back a couple of times. I don't know what Jefferson Lerma was meant to do really. He's not looking, his arms were by his side and there is no way he has meant to handball that or his hand is in an unnatural position.

"It's a real tough one, especially after the Lloyd Kelly one at Forest that they looked at and decided not to overturn, and then today for them to overturn it I thought it was harsh on the boys.

"Newcastle are a good side, they're very aggressive and play forward a lot. We suffered in moments but the boys stood up to it and we knew it was going to look like that.

"Early in the game we were trying to be a tad more aggressive, but as the game goes on and they gain control we have to drop off and we need to be sensible and defend our box."


It's no wins in six Premier League games now for Newcastle, their worst run since the 14 game barren streak from the beginning of last season.

One loss in 14 PL home games is United's most solid run of form at SJP since a run of one loss in 15 games between January and November 2011.

NUFC PL record after seven games - last 10 seasons:

 9 points, 10th (GD-3)
2013/14 10 points, 11th (GD-3)
2014/15 4 points, 18th (GD-7)
2015/16 3 points, 19th (GD-6)
2017/18 10 points, 9th (GD+1)
2018/19 2 points, 18th (GD-6)
2019/20 5 points, 19th (GD-9)
2020/21 11 points, 11th (GD-1)
2021/22 3 points, 19th (GD-8)
2022/23 8 points, 10th (GD+1)

Ryan Fraser completed a half century of PL appearances for the Magpies (30 starts). He's scored twice.

Jacob Murphy completed a century of PL appearances for the Magpies (46 starts). He's scored four times.

Cherries in Toon - all-time:

2022/23 drew 1-1 Isak (pen) (PL)
won 2-1 Yedlin, Clark (PL)
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)

There was a first selection for goalkeeper Loris Karius since arriving on a short-term contract as cover for ankle injury victim Karl Darlow.

The 29 year-old German
was a free agent after his contract with Liverpool expired at the end of last season, brought in to act as cover for Nick Pope after the decision was made to omit Mark Gillespie from the PL squad.

Also spotted warming up on the field was Jude Smith; the 19 year-old Scotsman fresh from a decent display for the U21s the previous evening. Although not named among the subs, he's currently third-choice custodian with Max Thompson injured and Dan Langley loaned out to Gateshead.

erhaps the oddest stat we've ever compiled follows:

Newcastle remain winless in their first competitive game following the death of a reigning monarch - with this their third successive 1-1 draw:

Death of Queen Victoria
09.02.1901 Middlesbrough (a) lost 1-3

06.05.1910 Death of King Edward VII
01.09.1910 mackems (a) lost 1-2

20.01.1936 Death of King George V
25.01.1936 Sheffield Wednesday (a) drew 1-1

(Edward VIII abdicated)

06.02.1952 Death of King George VI
09.02.1952 Fulham (a) drew 1-1

08.09.2022 Death of Queen Elizabeth II
17.09.2022 Bournemouth (h) drew 1-1



It's now just one defeat in seven Premier League outings for Newcastle, but their inability to win for only the second time this season saw them greeted by mild booing at the final whistle on Saturday.

Much has changed domestically since United last played, but many of the on-field shortcomings evident during the scoreless home draw with Palace a fortnight ago were prominent again today.

Facing his former employers for the first time as either a manager or player, Eddie Howe was grateful for the positive VAR call this time round that allowed his current side to net and salvage a point.

That incident came midway through the second half when Kieran Trippier's protests that Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma had handled the ball in the box belatedly sent match referee Craig Pawson to check the pitchside monitor.

He concurred and Alexander Isak confidently placed his spot kick to Neto's right in the Leazes goal for a second goal since his record-breaking arrival.

That penalty conversion cancelled out a lead that the jacaranda (lilac) clad visitors had enjoyed for just five minutes; a rare attack ending when Philip Billing's first-time flick beat a surprised Nick Pope at his near post.

Isak's spot kick success came on an afternoon when United enjoyed almost total dominance (an almost unprecedented 72% possession level) but provided virtually no threat in the opposition area.

Starting well but without testing a visiting goalkeeper who had pulled up with an apparent groin strain after just five minutes, a 27th minute free kick in perfect Trippier territory raised hopes of a breakthrough. On this occasion however the Magpies defender's effort flicked off the base of a post.

The Gallowgate goal frame again came to Bournemouth's rescue during a frantic passage of play just before half time - Neto denying both Ryan Fraser and Joelinton after the Brazilian had struck the woodwork.

That brought the home crowd to life and noise levels were raised again after Isak's equaliser, but while a redoubling of effort was expected, United sadly reverted to unproductive sideways passing sequences, interspersed with inaccurate and wasteful crosses.

Almiron and Fraser were particularly poor in terms of end product, but nobody made a particularly good impression today. That even included Pope, who survived one sticky moment in the first half when stranded in no-man's land as Marcus Tavernier stole in to head the ball wide.

Still lacking Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, Howe was able to restore Bruno to the starting line-up, but he was some way off his brilliant best and too often sitting deep. There's an argument that playing Sven Botman may have allowed him to push forward slightly further.

Aside from his goal meanwhile, Isak didn't get many touches of the ball - although he did end up on the wrong end of several dubious challenges, including two apparent elbows to the face.

Coupled with the frustrating afternoon that unfolded, the absence of Wor Flags from proceedings adversely affected the atmosphere - emphasising just how integral the organised fan-led support has become here. 

Newcastle return to action in a fortnight when they attempt to notch up what would be a third successive victory at Craven Cottage - a task that looks rather more difficult than the one that they were unable to accomplish here today against another newly-promoted side.

It's reasonable to assume however that Fulham will harbour greater attacking ambitions than Bournemouth, giving United the opportunity to play their more natural counter-attacking game and hopefully reap the rewards.

And while the injury that sidelined Saint-Maximin hasn't cleared up as quickly as anticipated, the hoped-for return of Wilson at Fulham offers up the prospect him sharing a pitch with Isak.


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