Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1 – Saturday 4 November 2017 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Summing up the game is easy enough.
“We were OK in the first half but didn’t threaten. Bournemouth took control for much of the second half, we wilted, and there was a sense of inevitability about their goal.
“No doubt everyone will have their theories about what is going wrong at the moment. I think our attacking players are all mediocre at best.
“Put Mitro (I would have today) and say Aarons in, and I don’t think things would improve a lot.
“I think the team feel the same; it looks as if they do. And if you don’t think the people up front are going to do much, you tend to play the ball backwards and sideways hoping rather than believing something will happen.
“That’s Newcastle at the moment for me. Decent possession, some good passing, but very little progression.
“The team shifts up and down the pitch in a block without much idea of what to do when they find themselves in the attacking third. And of course, by the time we get there, the opposition is organised and comfortable.
“I’m not panicking, and this doesn’t feel like a crisis but we have some tough fixtures coming up.
“We could be down among the dead men come the full-time whistle in the City game in December. Even if we aren’t, and whoever is in charge by then, we need a damn good transfer window.”
“You have to say the better team won and they weren’t even that great.
“Unusually too open from us, the 4-4-2 exposed us, i’m not sure Shelvey is best utilised in that system either.
“Referee was shocking (what is it about us and refs in the past 12 months) but we were poor and need to improve after the international break, which Rafa is usually able to use to our benefit.”
“Paul Merson will be happy but the signs have been there for a while.
“Suddenly we can’t score, dropping further and further back, last ditch defending.
“Allowing other teams the ball then conceding.
“Merino being out hasn’t helped but losing to Bournemouth, you could see it coming.
“Decisons going against us – see Gayle today.
“Bournemouth can’t believe their luck, you would think they’d won the league.
“Are the wheels coming off?”
“Hmmm. That was a poor one.
“First half aye, maybe bettered it and had one chalked off – but second half were never at the races in truth.
“Our goal led a charmed life and the lack of urgency and quality made the mind boggle and eyes bleed.
“A draw maybe would have been fair – but you can’t knock Bournemouth who grew to the occasion and we shrank.”
“Chances came, chances went, then the sucker punch at the death. That stings.
“A poor week for NUFC just became a very bad week. You could almost see the Bournemouth goal coming. Just seconds remained and then bang, typical Newcastle United.
“The manager went for a more attacking line up today and it’s worked – but the big moments saw the ball fail to end up in the visitors’ net.
“A week that began looking up the table ends with us looking down it.
“The £12m for Jacob Murphy clearly needed to be spent on a striker. We’re paying the price of that blunder.
“Terrible referee today.”
“Tough that today not helped by a poor referee.
“Thought we had the best of the first half, playing some decent stuff at times whilst testing their keeper.
“Second half was a different story as the game turned into more of a scrap, the longer it went on they looked the more dangerous and most likely to score and ultimately win the game.
“Punished at the death two games in a row doesn’t feel good but I think the majority of our games this season will be either won or lost by the odd goal the way we’re set up.”
“Started ok but as the game went on we got worse and were lucky to survive that 88th minute miss, only to fall in injury time.
“A terrible second half performance that was punished by a pretty poor team.
“Not sure I can find any positives to take out of this performance…”
“Utterly disgraceful performance.
“This persecution of Mitrovic is frankly shameful on the manager.
“The manager cost us points today.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1
Bournemouth: Cook 90+2
Possession was Bournemouth 52% Newcastle 48%
Total shots were Bournemouth 16 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 4
Corners were Bournemouth 9 Newcastle 11
Referee: Paul Tierney
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark 55), Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Joselu (Perez 68)
Darlow, Gamez, Mitrovic, Diame
Crowd: 52,237 (Bournemouth 1,600)