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
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez
Darlow, Clark, Merino, Joselu
Crowd: 10,808 (Approx Newcastle 1,400)