Alan Shearer would have been happy with a draw ahead of Saturday but like all other Newcastle fans, was left furious/bemused as to why/how NUFC aren’t top half of the table on Saturday teatime.

Two goals up by half-time, Newcastle were cruising to victory.

What had looked a very tricky game on paper had instead turned out to be a game the Magpies dominated, certainly when it came to clear chances.

Dwight Gayle scored two close range efforts to put the visitors in control but then Newcastle proceeded to waste chance after chance to put the game totally out of reach of Eddie Howe’s side.

As Alan Shearer says: ‘To be 0-2 up and then miss two sitters to go 0-3..’, sums it up.

Dwight Gayle was taken off and (bizarrely?) replaced by defensive midfielder Isaac Hayden with 12 minutes to go.

Only seconds later Jonjo Shelvey missed arguably the easiest chance of the match from right in front of the goal.

Seconds after that, Adam Smith pulls one back and the home team are rejuvenated, former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling equalising after a goalmouth scandal.

Almost certainly the worst example yet this season of Newcastle throwing points away.

Alan Shearer via Twitter:

“Would have taken a point before kick-off…

“But to be 0-2 up and then miss two sitters to go 0-3…

“In the end disappointing.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2

Goals: 

Newcastle: Gayle 17 and 45+1

Bournemouth: Smith 80 Gosling 89

Possession was Bournemouth 64% Newcastle 36%

Total shots were Bournemouth 18 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Bournemouth 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Bournemouth 8 Newcastle 1

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Merino, Joselu

Crowd: 10,808 (Approx Newcastle 1,400)



  • Mike

    blew it hopeless……no idea wot the tactics were after half time but Diame Perez and Richie were very poor

    • Mattoon

      Shelvey, for all his hard work in the first half, seriously let the team down in the second half. As a few have pointed out, Bournemouth turned the heat up and we were coping with it in defence but Shelvey switched off and lost his runner 3 times, 2 of which directly resulted in goals. Rafa maybe made the wrong subs but not the wrong tactics and he couldn’t have predicted Shelveys 10 minute brain fart. Rafa isn’t blameless but it’s ridiculous to apportion all the blame on him.

  • Leicester Mag

    Sadly yet again we resemble a cadburys flake soon as the pressure comes on we crumble and melt.

  • Mitros gotta start

    We got what we deserved 2-0 up then try and defend a lead with 45 minutes to go…..too negative for me 2nd half

  • Blackburn1066

    Raffa lost us two points today with the subs yet again, so mad about the points lost

  • 5floorshigh

    we go in at half time 2-0 up, came out second half, nervous, panicky and negative, followed up by even more negativity with subs……..well done Rafa !

  • Simon Ritter

    We had two great chances in second half before Bournemouth scored. How does that make us too negative? The manager cannot be blamed for players missing sitters.

    • ghostrider

      You cannot defend Benitez today mate….not after that….no way, no chance.
      We might have had two great chances but you do not turn your team into a panic stricken all hands to the pump defensive unit when you had complete control of the game and would have likely went on to seal it by another goal or two before the whistle if the mindset was to keep them on their haunches.

      Two points just thrown away for no reason other than ridiculous incompetence by the manager.

      Lascelles and Lejeune were walking in the park. Both having top games and looking commanding.
      Rafa changes all of that and destroys their sterling efforts.

      It’s sickening man….SICKENING.

      • anyobrien

        You know Fac all about football

        • Jezza

          True but he knows how to wind people up. Don’t give him the satisfaction.

        • ghostrider

          Which seems to be a lot more than Rafa knows at this moment in time in terms of how to see a game out.

          • TheFatController

            When they do a film of famous wind up merchants online, who would you like to play Ghostrider?

            Even the ugliest people in real life get a good looking actor playing them so don’t be humble, just name who would best portray you sat in your underpants with a delivery pizza, typing away….,

          • ghostrider

            How about…..YOU.

        • Cockneytrev

          Spot on,,,
          He’s a sad troll,,,

      • Dingus

        Most folk can see Rafa’s substitutions changed the course of the game. But he is also responsible for the tactics and efforts in the 70 minutes before his tactical mistake. And that’s all it was, a mistake. Lots of people who are very good at their jobs make mistakes. Including the players that missed sitters in the match today. If the owner of our football club wasn’t a selfish, egocentric, malevolent bully, Rafa may at least have had a better chance of assembling a squad of players worthy of the club, more befitting of his own aspirations… more competent. He’d potentially have a squad that wouldn’t even be in this position, let alone struggling to get out of it. If they’d held on to win today, your tail wouldn’t be up and you wouldn’t even be here, boring everyone with your repetitive, inadmissable hysteria. You’d be in hiding again, just like after the Man U game. Get another hobby besides antagonising fans of football clubs you know nothing about, ghostrider. It’s embarrassing.

        • ghostrider

          All that it was, was a mistake?
          Seriously?
          I’d say it’s a hell of a lot more than “all that it was , was a mistake.”
          It was blatant fan robbery. Robbing the fans of a nailed on victory by deliberately setting us up as a last quarter of the match as sitting ducks. Fish in a barrel and destroying all the top work of the defence of the game up until then.
          So never mind me getting another hobby. I’ll call Rafa out when he deserves to be called out and once again he’s failed to capitalise on a position in a game we should have easily taken 3 points from.

          The man is either stubborn beyond belief or just tactically inept in understanding what 90 minutes worth of football means.

      • Desree

        The players lost their bottle when bournemouth turned up the heat. That is a lack of ability, Rafa made a decision I would expect. The players didn’t execute, simple as.

        • ghostrider

          And yet kept it against Man Utd?
          Nahhhh.
          This is Rafa’s mental breakdown just as it’s Rafa’s good job when he decides to actually do the right thing.

    • Mitros gotta start

      He can if he freezes out the best finisher at the club and wont play him

      • Dillon Tovak

        Oh yeah Mitrovic, that renowned world class finisher.
        Anyway, Gayle is undisputedly the clubs best FINISHER.

      • Desree

        Mitros Dad is back!

      • Haitchdee

        Mitro plays for Fulham. That bloke who can’t score in the premier league plays for us .

        • Mitros gotta start

          Mitro plays for fulham….the bloke that never got a chance in the premier league despite us not having an alternative that can score plays for us.
          I fixed it for you

    • Jezza

      Agreed 100% but the club owner must be blamed for the lack of better finishers to put away those sitters.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Your profile picture sums it up better than anything I can say

        • Haitchdee

          Looking at yours Anita Pot and kettle spring to mind. 🤣🤣

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Does the flag of your county cause you offence?

      • Simon Ritter

        Thanks, Jezza. We would certainly be hunky-dory with a better finisher. Having watched Mitro half a dozen times, I’m sure he was not that man. Neither can he be trusted to stay on the pitch. Bournemouth were bound to be better after a half-time rollocking from their manager. People who blame Rafa and accuse him of negative tactics seem to be wilfully ignoring the opposition yesterday. Thank goodness I’m not the manager. If I were, Joselu would have been on in the second half. Yes, that’s the Joselu whom an awful lot of posters (though not me) slag off relentlessly.

        • Jezza

          Yes it’s ridiculous that they are getting on Rafa’s back after a result that I’m sure we would all have settled for before the match yesterday.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Didn’t you watch

  • Stephen Paylor

    Diame, Perez were the weak links. Summer time if we stay up surely we need a top class number 10, 9 and 3.

    • Jezza

      We needed those three signings last summer and again in January but Fatso refused to dip into the profits and it won’t be any different this summer.

  • ghostrider

    Normally the Lion attacks it’s prey and when it draws blood it goes in for the kill. It does not sit back among it’s pride and allow the Hyenas who were on the back foot to come in and try to steal the kill.
    For crying out loud man.
    I’m so frustrated with Rafa for doing that.
    I’ll tell you something else I noticed. Kenedy looked half interested.
    Lascelles even had to badger him into taking a corner kick for crying out loud.

    How in the hell do you take off your striker and not like for like replace when you have the game by the scruff of the neck?

    I hope Lascelles and Lejeune give Rafa both barrels because he destroyed their almost perfect afternoon.
    I’m screaming inside. SCREAMING.

    • TheFatController

      At that precise Kenedy moment, on Tony Gale’s commentary, he said ‘Kenedy always looks tired. Maybe it’s just with his socks down gives that impression…’

      No, you’re right Gale, he’s not fit

      • ghostrider

        Something seriously wrong if he’s not fit after all this time.

        • Dillon Tovak

          He’s only just getting starts.
          Are you not into football? This is basic football knowledge you know.

          • ghostrider

            He’s had enough games to be up to speed.
            He was man of the match for Chelsea v Norwich and lacked nothing in that game.
            He shouldn’t be getting worse and flagging.

    • anyobrien
      • ghostrider

        I wouldn’t say that…but he is inept at tactical changes.

        • anyobrien

          T1t

          • ghostrider

            I’m guessing here. 9 or 10….am I right?

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Ooooooo

  • Geordiegiants

    First time ever from me.
    Rafa got it badly wrong second half, when you are in control of a game like that, you do not fix something that is not broken.We were on the front foot all of the time, I’m absolutely gutted as that would of all but given us prem status and possibly even a new owner.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Ever? …he did exactly the same thing vs Burnley!!

      • Geordiegiants

        First time I AM saying it’s his fault.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          Ok, you should rewatch other games and see the same pattern in Rafa’s management… pure negativity

          • Dillon Tovak

            Kind of like all of your posts.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Do you want people to lie to you? Should I pretend ? You should only read the chronicle if you want your football sugar coated with sprinkles on … just keep repeating “in Rafa we trust” and everything will be just fine.

          • Dillon Tovak

            No but it’s like you’re on commission for sticking the knife into Rafa.

            What do you want to happen? We hound him?

            Does that help things?

            Will he become a better manager to appease you?

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            What do you want to happen … not hold a manager paid £5 million a season to account for his failings in the same way he’s praised for his successes? .. he’s repeatedly made the same negative tactical mistakes YET accepts no responsibility for them .. he always blames player mistakes, switching off etc rather than look to why we put ourselves under pressure … he is made of Teflon .. has no questions to answer as far as the chronicle are concerned and a large chunk of our fan base are oblivious to his failings parroting rubbish like “we have a championship team” … that championship team was comfortable until our world class manager tinkered with it with negative substitutions and directions … it’s happened so many times …should I just not mention it?

          • Geordiegiants

            Listen I’m one of the fans that think Rafa is untouchable at this club. He does make mistakes and he made a big almighty mistake today, but getting on his back and feeding negativity back to him makes no sense, he is the only positive thing at the club.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He is known for his excuses. A very political manager is a description that can be read many ways.

            I think Rafa makes his subs in a fairly Robotic manner

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Exactly right.. he uses his subs as a tactic to disjoint the flow of the game, he regularly brings on a sub on 65 minutes .. then five minutes later.. then between 5 and 10 later .. all the while the opposition are making their subs leading to the last portion of the match being a disjointed stop start affair …, take Bobby Robson who would see the need for an impact in a game and throw 2/3 subs on at once in an effort to really influence the match in a positive manner AND give his changes time to have an impact … that’s the difference, one manager sees players as the most important part of football and the other sees tactics as the major factor

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I can understand why he’d say to ‘say’ Gayle, work their centre halfs hard for an hour, you are coming off at 60-65 mins. However, although i was only watching on a stream, JJS looked finished after his chase upfield to miss that chance. Ironically, we needed an Henri Saivet to come on as a guy who can break up play, keep the ball and make quick passes but Hayden would have done to replace JJS but we needed to have a forward option on the pitch.beyond Perez who was his neat and tidy self but can not stretch a defence, Josulu needed to come on.

            I reckon that note Defoe came on with just said play 10 yards up the pitch & push us back.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            By the way, it isn’t “logical” to try and close out the game at 0-2 when you are already controlling the game and looking utterly comfortable in defence … it’s highly illogical to alter the tactics that not only have you comfortable but look like continuing to create chances and keep the opposition pinned back in their half and away from your goal … only us dropping off and substituting Attack minded players for defenders changed what for us was a healthy and comfortable position in the match.

  • kingfisher

    “Seconds after that, Adam Smith pulls one back and the home team are rejuvenated, former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling equalising after a goalmouth scandal.???
    Obviously that should read” goalmouth scramble” but I prefer “scandal” because that sums the game and N.U.F.C up perfectly.😭😭😭

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Nobody managed to get an invisible hand in the Adam Smith reference.

      • kingfisher

        🤣😂😁

  • Dingus

    Rafa lost that one. Rubbish substitutions. If, however, Slimani comes in with that cutting edge they’re missing up top, I can see them winning 12 more points. Enough to stay up, I’m sure

    • Jezza

      I’ve got this awful feeling Slimani will never kick a ball for Newcastle.

      • Down Under Mag

        Not looking good is it? To be honest, hopefully he does manage the last game of the season and scores the goal that keeps us up…because it’s certainly looking like it will come down to the wire.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Fortunately you are wrong about nearly everything.

    • Jimmy_toons

      2-0 up and turning point was then missing the two sitters to close the game out. Failed to do that and then conceded 2. Can’t remember Benitez missing the two sitters.

  • Desree

    This is what happens with rubbish players. Should have been 4-0 up. Then they panicked. Rafa did what I would expect a manager to do, close out the game.
    The fact the players let him down seems lost on some fans.
    This is a valuable point.

    • anyobrien

      Well said

    • Jezza

      The players we have got just aren’t good enough. This is what comes of a club owner who refuses to dipinto the profits to strengthen the team. If we had the decent striker the club has been crying out for we woulod have been 4-0 up with the points in the bag today.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      So, the players who were good enough to be comfortable at 0-2 and creating chances to go further ahead …the same players who just deservedly beat Man Utd become “rubbish” after the manager makes negative changes to personnel and tactics … but the manager isn’t at fault in the slightest … you should join the chronicle mate.

      • TheFatController

        But the goals weren’t a tactical fault, they were the result of individuals not doing what the manager tells them to do, or what any pro would know to do, if they could concentrate well enough…

        So it’s the players not being switched on, when they are we are good enough to beat Man Utd and be 2-0 up, as soon as they go awol from our tactics the opposition pick off that weakness.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          Are you serious? The goals come from sustained pressure caused by a defensive mindset that forces our players to drop off 20 yards and allows the opposition to push up, giving them the impetus and better field positions to deliver balls into the box … we end up HAVING to defend against numbers that were previously concerned with dealing with OUR attacking threat .. we concede corner after corner and the pressure builds .. our out balls become hoofed clearances because we now have Perez up front on his own with Hayden playing amongst the defence and Manquillo sitting on Yedlins toes with Diame and Shelvey only 5yards in front of our central defenders… it’s all about mindset and Rafa’s “short blanket”

          • Desree

            You talk like Bournemouth players were not interested. They applied pressure and fought back. They recently beat Chelsea 3-0. Our players are not very good. That is why we are in the position we are and why no other club is interested in signing any of them.
            Every game goes through phases. Bournemouth took their chances, we did not. Not much a manager can do about that.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Utter rubbish .. just like Burnley they weren’t in the game before we changed down gears, dropped off and allowed them into the match retreating 20/30 yards and giving them the base to attack our box

          • Desree

            Ever thought our players may not be fit enough to go 90 minutes at top gear?
            Ever looked at when we score and when we concede?
            Mistakes and errors and last minute goals regularly conceded. Our players run out of steam and are not capable of competing for 90 minutes

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Hahaha … is fitness and conditioning not the managers responsibility then ?

          • Desree

            Another area Rafa is performing miracles!

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            If it wasn’t for his name and he didn’t have his record he would be in as much trouble as Pardew

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Jeez, are you just upset at the bet? Or perhaps upset at Villa stuffing your (other?) Team?

            On what basis does nobody want to buy our players? JJS , Lacelles, Gayle will be elsewhere in the summer.

          • Desree

            On the basis that any bids deemed suitable will and always are accepted by your Uncle Mike

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not that analytical but fair comment

  • StevieB

    I do think there’s some theory in the fact that sometimes the best way to defend is to attack, and yesterday’s game certainly seems like it was one of those instances.
    I would have been almost 100 percent sure of safety if that stayed a 3 pointer yesterday but never mind . I’d also have taken a point before hand. Those 3 “easier” games at home are looking more vital by the day. We need to win them

  • Zack Korth

    i could have knocked in that chance shelvey missed if im honest

  • Desree

    Rafa won’t be here come June. Pardew should be available. I am keeping this thread for when that day comes and the mastermind tacticians can share their strategies with us all.