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Season 2022-23
AFC Bournemouth (h) Carabao Cup Fourth Round


Tuesday 20th December 2022, 7.45pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Familiar

Admission: £20 adults, £10 concessions
(the advertised matchday price increase
wasn't relevant as the tie had already sold out).




 AFC Bournemouth


1 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Cherries 0

67 mins: A combination of passes from Joelinton, Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff worked the ball across the field from the left flank to the opposite touchline some 25 yards from the Leazes goal.

Kieran Trippier took possession and pushed the ball forward to Miggy Almiron as Jaidon Anthony sought to close him down. Miggy's run away from goal wasn't closely tracked by Jordan Zemura and he laid it off to Trippier, who wrapped his right foot round the ball to send over a first-time cross as he pushed on towards the corner flag.

Curling away from goal and dropping on the edge of the six yard area towards the back post, the cross evaded Bournemouth's Chris Mepham but reached fellow defender Adam Smith. He leapt higher than the adjacent Callum Wilson but headed it straight into the net from about four yards out, with Marcos Senesi making a failed attempt to hook the ball off the line. 1-0

Full time: Magpies 1 Cherries 0

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"I didn't think we were at our fluent best today but I don't think we were ever going to be because of the build-up to the game.

"Bournemouth made it difficult for us, they were very deep and compact and, to a certain extent we played into their hands but part of the reason we struggled to break them down was simply due to not playing together for a while. We know there’s a lot more to come from our team.

"We just want to try and win every game. I think the players have shown that attitude and delivered it really well this season.
(We're) into the quarter finals - which is a great thing for us - and we want to keep going.

"Sven Botman was excellent tonight, I thought that was his best game aerially. He was dominant against their strikers. His use of the ball this season has been excellent but he's also come on a lot in other areas. It was a good night for him - and us."

They Said

Gary O'Neil said:

"We came, we gave our best and you go out of the Carabao Cup against a top side that are obviously taking the competition very, very seriously with the team they name and the subs they made.

Newcastle away in the Carabao Cup with the form they're in was never going to be an easy draw. The boys gave a real account of themselves. I asked them to make sure we're competitive in every game and make sure it looks like us, and even though they've had a tough week, we were that.

"I thought we had some good spells - I thought we had some nice moments where we played. We had some nice moments where we went direct into Kieffer

"I didn't feel like Kieffer or Dom (Solanke) got much help from the ref, to be honest. Newcastle were clever with nudges in the back...Dom's got a nasty stamp on his foot and one in the first half.

"Of course, away to Newcastle, you don't expect to be the dominant force, but I felt we carried a threat. I thought there was always something there that kept Newcastle honest and made sure we knew we could hurt them with what we'd set up.

Just disappointed we didn't manage to make one of the moments count, really. Some nice moments in the first half from Jaidon Anthony. Kieffer's header, he scores more of them than he misses, generally. I thought Dom's was in at the end. So, some good moments and good opportunities to score."

"We were competitive and, in my opinion, unlucky not to take the game further. I think I would have liked to have had more of the players available (a virus in the squad had reportedly disrupted Bournemouth's preparations). I thought they showed the game plan very, very well.

"Obviously, as it always is in a game of football, there are things you would like to improve. First half, when we won the ball back, we missed a good opportunity on a couple of occasions to make sure we secure the first pass.

"Couple of opportunities to counter attack, but we missed that first one. But yeah, we stuck at it. Well organised, well disciplined and carried a threat. I was pleased."


United are now unbeaten in 12 league and cup games and have lost just once in their last 20 competitive outings, 18 of which came this season.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their last 11 league and cup fixtures at SJP.

Newcastle posted their fifth successive clean sheet at SJP in league and cup; this 1-0 success following a 1-0 win over Chelsea, 0-0 League Cup draw with Palace, 4-0 defeat of Aston Villa and single goal conquest of Everton.

Excluding the Palace penalty shootout, the last player to score past Nick Pope was Brentford's Ivan Toney, 486 minutes ago.

The last opposition player to net against Newcastle in the first half of a league or cup game was Ruben Neves of Wolves at Molineux in August (38 minutes). In the 13 subsequent games, the seven goals conceded all came after the half time interval.

United found the net in the 67th minute of play for the second successive game and the fourth time this season - all those goals coming at SJP:

Alexander Isak v Bournemouth PL (Gallowgate)
Miguel Almiron v Villa PL (Gallowgate)
Joe Willock v Chelsea PL (Gallowgate)
OG v Bournemouth LC (Leazes) 

This was the second meeting of these two sides in this competition, following a 1-2 defeat for Newcastle at Dean Court back in 1963. The hosts were then known as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic.

United's 20th appearance in the last 16 of the League Cup was their tenth success:

1974/75 Fulham (h) won 3-0
1975/76 QPR (a) won 3-1
1976/77 Manchester United (a) lost 2-7
1994/95 Manchester City (a) drew 1-1
1994/95 Manchester City (h) R lost 0-2
1995/96 Liverpool (a) won 1-0
1996/97 smoggies (a) lost 1-3
1997/98 Derby County (a) won 1-0
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (lost 2-4pens)
2000/01 Birmingham City (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Ipswich Town (h) won 4-1
2004/05 Chelsea (h) lost 0-2aet
2005/06 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Watford (a) drew 2-2 (won 5-4pens)
2010/11 Arsenal (a) lost 0-4
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (a) lost 3-4
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2014/15 Manchester City (a) won 2-0
2016/17 Preston North End (h) won 6-0
2020/21 Newport County (a) drew 1-1 (won 5-4pens)
2022/23 Bournemouth (h) won 1-0

Cherries in Toon - all-time:

2022/23 won 1-0 og (Smith) (LC)
2022/23 drew 1-1 Isak (pen) (PL)
2019/20 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)




Following a 38 day lull in competitive club games, United made a winning return to action on Tuesday night, advancing to the Quarter Finals of the Carabao Cup after beating Premier League opposition at Gallowgate.

The winning goal was scored by a player signed during Eddie Howe's reign; but that was when he was in charge of Bournemouth rather than Newcastle.... 

Visiting defender Adam Smith was under no more than mild pressure from Callum Wilson when heading Kieran Trippier's right wing centre past his own 'keeper midway through the second half.

That miscue saved the blushes of Miggy Almiron who had spurned a glaring chance in the first half, inexplicably scuffing the ball across goal when Dan Burn's cross from the left found him at the back post.

Wilson had already netted by then but that 27th minute effort was ruled out by the onfield officials in the absence of VAR, deciding that Joe Willock was offside and interfering with play, despite Wilson legitimately taking the ball and finishing smartly at the Gallowgate End.

That belated decision came following protests from visiting players directed at the referee and linesman and had the effect of firing up crowd and team for a time - Wilson narrowly heading over from United's next attack.

Rarely seen as an attacking force all night, Bournemouth wasted one excellent chance straight after the break when striker Kieffer Moore headed the ball narrowly wide from eight yards out.

Having forced a draw here three months ago in the league, the visitors were again able to contain United for three quarters of the contest but the arrival of Allan Saint-Maximin - unavailable for the last meeting - would prove key.

Although not involved in what proved to be the winning goal, the Frenchman provided a threat down the left that had been largely absent and raised the noise levels around the ground, before bringing some much-needed pace to the home side's attacking efforts.

It took a VAR-dictated penalty to get past a compact Cherries side here last time and that fortunate OG did the damage here tonight when the outcome was all that really mattered.   

One goal always looked likely to settle it, but a succession of replacements did look to knock United out of their stride in the closing stages in similar fashion to the changes that preceded conceding late on at Fulham and Southampton.

Nick Pope had to make a couple of late stops to prevent the tie going to penalties but five minutes of added time passed without major incident before a place in the last eight was bagged: justification for the strong selection from Eddie Howe that underscored his pledge to take the cups seriously. The only change to the starting XI that beat Chelsea tonight was Wilson in for Wood.

All five current Magpies on World Cup duty started; Fabian Schar celebrating his 31st birthday by taking an early blow to the face but playing on and coming close to scoring on two occasions. That they all came back unscathed and with minimal and partial involvement has to be a double positive; our number 39 has a point to prove and a new national team coach to impress.... 

And while there was some rustiness and sloppy passing, those involved will benefit from tonight's exertions, upping the ante from Saturday's kickabout before the Boxing Day visit to Leicester.

A brief chorus of "tell me ma..." broke out following the goal and one attention-seeker later posted his London hotel booking for February online. Having won just one of our previous nine League Cup Quarter Final appearances though, we'll wait to see what the draw is before beginning to dream of Wembley...



This report is dedicated to Richie Hilton, who died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this month at the tragically early age of 39. Well known amongst Durham cricketers and fans, he was a lifelong Mag. RIP.


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