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Season 2023-24
Bournemouth (a) Premier League


Saturday 11th November 2023, 5.30pm 
Live on Sky Sports

 Vitality Stadium

Conditions: Threadbare





2 - 0





Half time: Cherries 0 Magpies 0

60 mins: A hopeful ball out of defence by Jamaal Lascelles was aimed at Sean Longstaff on the right flank close to halfway, but intercepted by Lloyd Kelly. He scooped the ball forward to Marco Senesi, whose turn took Joelinton out of the equation before Ryan Christie picked up possession.

Feeding Antoine Semenyo infield, a fortunate deflection of the recovering Joe Willock took the ball into the Newcastle area and into the path of Dominic Solanke, who had ghosted in behind both Fabian Schar and Tino Livramento. The Cherries striker took a touch before firing right-footed between Pope and his near post from six yards out in front of the Steven Fletcher stand.  0-1

73 mins:
Lewis Cook's corner from the Bournemouth left was met by Luis Sinisterra and Matt Ritchie, with the home player able to head goalwards. The ball rebounded off the near post and hit Ben Parkinson, whose touch took it towards Dominic Solanke. 

As Parkinson kicked out again in an attempt to clear the ball, Solanke was able to flick it home - a VAR check confirming the scorer hadn't used his hand to control the ball before netting. 0-2

Full time:
Cherries 2 Magpies 0

We Said



Eddie Howe said:

"It was a game where we couldn't be where we needed to be for it and it was a tough watch. We were unrecognisable today. It was a real off day. There are reasons, but I don't want to sit here and make excuses. I want to support the players.

"It was just a game too far and we couldn't respond. Bournemouth played well but we were well below par. It was a tough afternoon. We weren't ourselves in possession or out of possession. If you can't do that at this level, it will be a difficult day.

"When we are under fatigue and stretched, we usually respond better. We need to dust ourselves down and come back in strong.

“Nick Pope made some great saves for us and he needed to as we were leaking chances. Jamaal Lascelles did great in the air too but I don’t think there were too many bright sparks. We were well off it.

"We have a whole host of players and we need them back as soon as we can. We have a busy December as well so it's not a good mix but something we have to get used to.

"The break has come at a good time for us but I don't necessarily think it will bring a flood of players back. We have long-term injured players. Hopefully we can get one or two back, while Bruno
(Guimaraes) was suspended at a bad time.

"We didn't have the options on the bench to change things and Miggy (Almiron's) injury made things even harder. 

"There's no criticism of the young guys who came in today but it was a tough environment for them. We suffered the consequences.

"In an ideal world, there were a couple of players we'd have liked to have brought off sooner than we did today and it's just a sign of how stretched we are.

"Callum (Wilson) won't travel with England. He's going to be out for a number of weeks."

On Kieran Trippier's exchange with a fan:

I did see that and I just think there is high emotion at the end of games. We really appreciate our away support. Everyone is valued and we're just disappointed with the result.

"Kieran is fine. Emotions run high. We all feel a bit emotional after that from our perspective. We value all our away support, we value them greatly. We thank them for their support."

Trippier himself added:

"The fans are emotional, they have travelled a long way. I had a chat with one of them, saying we are giving everything and there’s no need to panic. We got beat and we apologise for that result, but the lads are giving everything.”

They Said


Andoni Iraola (Rayo Vallecano boss for a post-World Cup kickabout visit to SJP last December):

"We wanted to put pressure on them and make them feel like it was going to be an uncomfortable game. That they would be facing a tough press and would not be free on the ball.

"It was key to start strong. We had some good chances at the beginning, we couldn't score and at half time it looked like one of those games. We were by far the best team but nil-nil, a very dangerous situation.

I would say that was the best performance from us so far this season, a complete performance. We have had good 45 minute spells in some games but the way we played both halves today was probably the best we have done all season.

"It is always important when you have the chance to play in front of your own fans, to have home advantage. Teams come here and know it is not going to be comfortable for them. 

"It is a win that we needed but we still need to keep working because we need more wins and more points, but I am happy with the effort we put in today.

"I think we really deserved this win. We played well and had good chances. Luckily we finished the job in the second half.

"Dom (Solanke) has been very good for us. On the ball and off the ball, he helps his team-mates. He missed chances in the first half but cleared his mind and continued playing the same way, which was impressive."


Newcastle suffered their first ever top-flight loss on this ground at the sixth time of asking, following two wins and three draws on their previous visits.

Lewis Miley became the youngest player to start a game for Newcastle in the Premier League. 

Striker Ben Parkinson made his senior bow for United, the Durham-born 18 year-old the 262nd player to appear for the club in that competition. "Parky" had featured in five out of the seven pre-season games, appearing for a total of 69 minutes.

There were first PL bench selections for winger Amadou Diallo and defender Alex Murphy, neither of whom were called into action.

Another unsuccessful outing for the green away kit - shirts today including a poppy motif:

Brighton (a) lost 1-3
Wolves (a) drew 2-2
Dortmund (a) lost 0-2
Bournemouth (a) lost 0-2

In addition to Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall both having previously managed tonight's opponents, there were a trio of familial NUFC connections in the Bournemouth squad in the shape of Max Aarons (cousin of Rolando), Justin Kluivert (son of Patrick) and Marcus Tavernier (brother of James).

Cherries v Magpies - all time:

2023/24 lost 0-2 PL
2022/23 drew 1-1 PL Almiron
2019/20 won 4-1 PL 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

There was a booking for Jamaal Lascelles, capping an unhappy 30th birthday for tonight's captain. He now has three PL yellow cards as does Kieran Trippier. Sean Longstaff remains one booking away from an automatic one match ban while Bruno Guimaraes served his single game suspension here. 

Striker Dominic Solanke netted and finished on the winning side against Newcastle for the first time at the eighth time of asking, seven in the colours of Bournemouth and one playing for Liverpool.


There may have been over 70,000 fewer fans in attendance tonight than in Germany on Tuesday, but the problems currently afflicting Newcastle were just as evident to the smaller live audience here.

A jaded Magpies side gifted the bottom-three side hosts all three points, making it a miserable return to the inappropriately-named Vitality Stadium for Eddie Howe, hamstrung not only by absentees but by the obvious fatigue of several players who were running on empty before first whistle.   

United were looking to extend a seven game unbeaten record in the Premier League but instead lost for the first time in that competition here, thanks to a second half brace from Dominic Solanke.

Injuries and suspensions saw a forward line of Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron and Joelinton with all taking turns in leading the attack but none able to provide a focal point; a lack of pressure on the home goal giving an increasingly confident Cherries side the impetus they needed. 

An already lengthy injury and suspension list increased still further after half an hour when Almiron hobbled off with a hamstring pull - the rapidity that Matt Ritchie was stripped and ready to come on suggesting that the Paraguayan wasn't 100% fit before the game.  

That blow came after a surging run into the box by Miggy looked to be ended illegally by Lloyd Kelly's shirt tug on the byline, although there was no real appeal.

The absence of Bruno Guimaraes to suspension meanwhile resulted in a first start for 17 year-old Lewis Miley in midfield, and he was one of the few clad in green who didn't dent their reputation.

Nick Pope was probably the other, making six or seven excellent saves to prevent the Cherries from picking off more than just the two Solanke goals.

Both came after an interval that United had limped to goalless; Lewis Hall withdrawn at that point for the second game running and replaced by Tino Livramento - who later swapped flanks with Trippier.

Solanke's first followed an unfortunate deflection off Joe Willock, the ball falling kindly for the big striker to lash the ball inside Pope's near post with an hour gone.

A rare flowing attack saw United come close to levelling four minutes later but after Livramento had done well to play him inside, Gordon shot hastily from the edge of the box and hit it straight at Neto.

The visitors struggled to stay in contention and the game was over in the 73rd minute when a corner from the left was headed against the front post and Solanke was first to react to flick the ball in.

The first of two needless VAR decisions quickly decided there had been no handball and that was also the case three minutes from the end when Gordon was cleared of using his hand in our box.

0-2 behind, a presentable chance fell to Sean Longstaff in the box but he capped an awful night by blasting harmlessly over - although in clear discomfort after twisting his ankle when the ball struck him and staying on until full time despite being clearly exhausted.

Further goals for the hosts would have been no surprise with Newcastle pushing on, Pope making a miraculous stop late on to tip over Luis Sinisterra's deflected shot and grateful moments earlier when Solanke could only hit the side netting as he tried to complete his treble.

At the other end there was a debut for Ben Parkinson, one of three players promoted from the U21 squad for bench duty here tonight - 18 year-old forward also named among the substitutes in Dortmund on Tuesday, having faced the Bundesliga's U19 side in the Youth League in October.

A verbal altercation between Trippier and one visiting fan post-match saw the clearly unhappy player reference the injury crisis before being ushered away by a steward and Joelinton. That illustrated frustration from both parties at the end of a tiring period, but any side would struggle to overcome the absences we're currently enduring. That's then exacerbated by a lack of depth beyond the 25 man squad that reflects previous underachievement at academy level.

A deserved defeat then ahead of an international break that couldn't come soon enough, although how much of a break those players fit enough to represent their countries get is debatable: Fabian Schar struggling here but now off to join a Swiss squad facing three games in seven days and Trippier surely better advised to rest up than linking up with England.

The defeat took the hosts clear of the relegation zone while Newcastle slipped one place to seventh following Manchester United's 1-0 win over Luton Town. There may only be a marginally larger squad to pick from for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday week, but at least they might be less knackered - it's been tiring enough watching this sequence of games, never mind playing in them....


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