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Season 2015-16
Bournemouth (a) Premier League

In association 


Saturday 7th November 2015, 12.45pm.
Live on BT Sport

 Vitality Stadium (Dean Court)

Conditions: Stormy but the sun shone in the end.

Admission: £23 (see below)




Newcastle United

0 - 1




27 mins Gini Wijnaldum turned into space and laid the ball out to Paul Dummett just in the Bournemouth half and he cut inside and found Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian's back-flick to Wijnaldum was excellent and the Dutchman's touch on to Ayoze Perez was also superb. 

The Spaniard took the ball in his stride before hitting a low left-footed shot that 'keeper Adam Federici got a hand to but couldn't keep out.

Half time: Cherries 0 Magpies 1

Full time: Cherries 0 Magpies 1

We Said

Steve McClaren said:

"I think that (moving up the league table) is the most important aspect.

“That and sending those 1,300 fans back home with a smile on their faces after what must have been a long journey through the night and a long day going back.

“That’s the most pleasing thing for me.

"We’ve been playing so well recently in terms of performance and football, the last four games, even Chelsea and the first half against Man City. 

"The performance has been great but we’ve not got the rewards for it, and we’ve bemoaned that the last few weeks.

"Today we didn’t get the performance with the ball, and it just shows football at times can be unexplainable.

"Sometimes during the season you get that, you think ‘wow, how did we get that’. We got it through character, endeavour, organisation, perseverance.

"After an hour we were never going to score the second goal and were never going to keep the ball long enough. We just more or less shored up and defended for our lives. And when we did that, we got through it and our goalkeeper was outstanding.

"During the season you’ll have three or four of them, and today we got the one. We’ll take it. where we’ve lost other games, say at sunderland, where we should have won, we’ll take the three points today.

"Slowly, like a big ship, we’re trying to turn that around and results will help that. The first eight games were so difficult and you could see the hangover that the team was experiencing. I’m always consistent in saying we can get better and be better and we’re making progress but the turnaround is slow.”

They Said

Eddie Howe commented:

It’s not ideal (to be in the bottom three) and we don’t want to be there. In some respects, it sort of brings some realism to the situation. We’ve got a fight on our hands.

"There is no negativity from our perspective, only positivity on the back of such a dominant performance against a good side. We have to look at that aspect and take it into our next game.

"If you can find me a way that's different to dominating the ball and dominating chances that guarantees you winning games I'd be surprised to hear it. I've made it very clear since day one of pre-season: we're not going to change our style of football for anybody.

"I still believe our style can and will be effective at this level, we just have to keep going.

"It's a tough result to take - I was really pleased with the performance bar the last 15 minutes where we panicked and made some bad decisions on the ball. But we dominated possession and chances, they only got in our box twice in the whole game and of course they've scored from one of those.

"Sometimes football does play tricks on you where you can be so dominant and still lose the game. The challenge for us is to come out of this spell, and when we do we'll be a lot stronger for it.

"One or two of them I felt we could have done better with, but the keeper had a very good day. The pleasing thing is that we did create chances, and we haven't always been like that this season. We have to keep getting in the right places.

"I thought Josh King had his best game in a Bournemouth shirt despite not scoring, I thought he was excellent. He's getting chances now. Before that he'd played effectively but not really tested goalkeepers or got in positions to score. So I think he's moving in the right direction."

About Rob Elliot:

“It was a good performance. I thought he made some good saves and I thought he dealt with the corners pretty well as well. I’m sure he’ll be very pleased with his performance. From our perspective I thought we could have done better in a couple of situations but well done to him.”

About a possible Fabrico Coloccini foul on King:


"My initial reaction was, yes, I thought it was a penalty but I haven't seen it again, and I may be slightly biased on that.

"I had a feeling that he put his arm round his throat and King went down, so I thought it was."

About accusations of a bust-up with Glenn Murray:

"No, not at all, not at all, I've not fallen out with anybody. Every player has to prove they deserve to be involved."


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United avoided a third successive away loss and ended a winless streak of 12 games on the road.

Their last three point return away from SJP came at Hull City in January and John Carver was present at both - taking of charge of the team on Humberside and
at Bournemouth today for BT Sport punditry duties.

Ayoze Perez bagged his third goal of the season and the tenth of his Newcastle career - all of which have come in the Premier League.
he Spaniard drew level in our PL scoring charts with Moussa Sissoko, Leon Best and Paul Kitson and is the 31st Magpie to reach double figures in that competition (123 of the 201 players to have represented us have netted one or more).

United ended a 212 minute run without a goal since Georginio Wijnladum struck his fourth and our sixth against Norwich in mid October.

It's a year since we last managed back to back clean sheets in competitive fixtures, going three games without conceding during November 2014 (Liverpool home, West Bromwich Albion away, QPR home).

Rob Elliot recorded successive shutouts for the first time as a Magpie: the last time he achieved that was for Charlton Athletic in League One in February 2011.

This visit extended our Premier League total of grounds played on to 53, with the Cherries becoming the 46th club to have faced us in that competition.

And having drawn one and lost the other two games, the Magpies recorded a first competitive win here - although they did register a 4-1 success in a friendly visit during April 1967. 

Victory on Saturday was our 104th away from home in the Premier League in the 409th game (we've drawn 111 and lost 194) while Perez scored our 444th away goal in those 409 games.

That's two competitive outings now for our light grey and blue second strip and two clean sheets - today and the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford back in August. And for the second successive game, United's shirts included a Remembrance Day poppy motif.

Cherries v Magpies - all time:

2015/16 won 1-0 (a) Perez
1991/92 drew 2-2 (h) (lost 3-4 on pens) FAC
1991/92 drew 0-0 (a) FAC
1989/90 won 3-0 (h) D2
1989/90 lost 1-2 (a) D2
1972/73 won 2-0 (h) FAC
1963/64 lost 1-2 (a) LC

Full record v Bournemouth:
  P W D L F A
SJP 1 1 0 0 3 0
DC/VS 2 1 0 1 2 2
League 3 2 0 1 5 2
SJP(FA) 2 1 1 0 4 2
DC 1 0 1 0 0 0
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
DC 1 0 0 1 1 2
Cup 4 1 2 1 5 4
Tot 7 3 2 2 10 6





After encouraging displays that brought little or no reward, United's second win of the season perversely arrived as a consequence of one of their worst performances.

Inferior in every statistic barring goals scored at a soggy Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth winning no less than 15 corners to our none), our first away victory in thirteen attempts came thanks to a moment of quality at one end and numerous timely interventions at the other.  

Although less than fully fit, goalkeeper Rob Elliot was in inspirational form to deny a Cherries side who battered Steve McClaren's men but couldn't find a way past him.

The catalogue of tremendous stops started as early as the fourth minute when Josh King fired in an effort from the right that Elliot palmed behind for a corner.


He was off his line smartly in the 11th minute to get ahead of King to the ball after Mbemba failed to control a pass from Anita - whose distribution was particularly poor all afternoon.

Coloccini then chanced his arm - literally - in the 15th minute when King seemed to get past him in the box but referee Mason judged that the contact wasn't enough to award a spot-kick.


King got in again and had two chances to shoot on his left before the angle got too tight and Elliot was able to pull off a comfortable save from King's right-footed effort. 

United's only real moment of quality in the entire game came on 27 minutes, as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Gini Wijnaldum combined to set up Ayoze Perez for a shot.

The Spaniard's touch was excellent and although his finish lacked power, it was enough to beat Adam Federici and send the noisy away following into ecstasy - only our second away goal this season in six games.

But the remainder of the afternoon shredded their nerves, continual surrendering of possession and frail defending enough to induce apoplexy along with the inability of Papiss Cisse to comply with the offside rule when he was introduced for the sluggish Mitrovic.


Elliot again denied the Cherriea ten minutes before the break, when a free-kick whipped in from the right was meant by King with a glancing header which the 'keeper tracked before pushing it behind for another corner.


Stanislas insisted on placing the ball a centimetre or two beyond the quadrant much to the annoyance of the adjacent away following but Mason made a half-hearted attempt to get the petulant former West Ham player to move the ball back. Pathetic.

Smith then drove the resultant corner fiercely towards goal with the ball skimming the top of the bar when Mitrovic's clearing header had fallen at his feet.


Then came possibly the pick of Elliot's stops after former Magpie Dan Gosling headed at the far post and the 'keeper rushed across to get a touch onto the post and the danger was cleared.


Only a minute after the break Ritchie got a firm header on a cross from the right but Elliot was able to get another firm hand to it and tipped the ball over the bar.


Gosling headed over, Coloccini blocked an Arter shot and then King and Gosling both missed a cross before Stanislas fired over the bar.


Mbemba survived another penalty appeal when Surman tumbled under a challenge but again Mason didn't deem it enough to point to the spot.


But somehow the visitors - wearing what could now be termed as their lucky second kit - managed to survive the bombardment and a mystery six and a half minutes of added time, to secure three precious points.

Further cause for optimism came from the introduction of Florian Thauvin as a late substitute, with the Frenchman showing more appetite for the battle than previously.


His free-kick landed on the head of Coloccini after being flicked on by Wijnaldum but our captain headed over the top when he really should have scored.

The win took United above Bournemouth and out of the relegation zone and with the mackems losing, the bottom half of the table now makes for slightly less painful reading.

While McClaren can now enjoy a less uncomfortable international break before the visit of Leicester City to Gallowgate though, his selection issues remain with Cheick Tiote now only one booking away from a one match suspension after reaching the half century of yellow cards as a Magpie.

For once though, good fortune smiled upon us and that marathon journey back from the South Coast didn't seem as far this time. Only the result will be remembered.

Niall MacKenzie

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