Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 – Saturday 24 February 2018 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle throwing away two points when conceding two late goals.

A win would have taken United into the top half but instead they are still only two points above the drop zone.

Kevin Christie:

“Would have taken a point beforehand but 2-2 is an extremely disappointing result after being in control for so long.

“We had the game all but won and then threw it away.

“Yet again lacked the killer instinct needed to kill the game off.

“We’ve passed up a glorious chance to pull away from the relegation scrap and give ourselves some breathing space.

“Bringing on Hayden and Manquillo played into their hands and we lost our heads completely after their first goal.

“We were actually lucky to come away with a point in the end.

“Speechless really.

“Disastrously dispiriting result in the circumstances, especially with Huddersfield and Brighton both winning.

“Fingers crossed for an Anfield miracle next weekend – I won’t be holding my breath though!”

Jamie Smith:

“Absolute mess up as Shelvey and Perez wasted fine chances to make it 3-0 and the team utterly lost confidence when Bournemouth subsequently pulled one back.

“The fact that equaliser dropped us from 10th to 15th tells you how tight it is.

“Almost certain we’ll get nowt against in-form Liverpool and the pressure on the Southampton game is colossal.

“It’s a must must win.”

Nat Seaton:

“I’m gutted, so hard to take.

“Shelvey could have made it 3-0 with 10 minutes to go and we end up not even winning.

“Would have been a brilliant 3 points, but a point away from home for a team fighting to stay in the league is a plus, even though it doesn’t feel like it now!”

Paul Lyon:

“The way we’ve been playing of late gave me confidence that we’d get a result today.

“Absolutely delighted to go in at half time with a healthy lead. Was chuffed for Dwight Gayle getting on the scoresheet!

“Listened to this one on the radio in hospital with my new born son, who began the 2nd day of his existence as the 2nd half kicked off.

“We had the chances to put the game out of sight, the noise from the away end picking up, we just needed everyone stick to their jobs on the pitch.

“A point away from home in the Premier League is decent result and I would’ve probably taken it before the game.

“Feels like a loss when we had another good result against one of the sides around us in our grasp.

“The tight nature of the league means we could’ve been up to 10th but we sit in 15th.

“Our destiny is still very much in our hands, with important games coming up.”

Ben Cooper:

“After dominating the game so completely for 70 minutes, I didn’t think we would be hanging on at the end.

“Even as they were camped in our area, we were still breaking and making chances.

“After Perez and Shelvey both wasted great opportunities to make it 0-3, it was inevitable that they would score straight after.

“The last 10 minutes were a shambles. We could easily have lost, we were hanging on for a point.

“Was pleased for Gayle.

“Those two goals might put him on the sort of run which might get us out of trouble. Pity his Granny cuts his hair.”

David Punton:

“There were chances to kill this game.

“They weren’t taken and then we go and ship two in the final ten minutes.

“The manner of it is tough to take, but at the very least it’s a point on the road in a game I was worried we would lose.

“Credit to Gayle for the two goals, but to come off level after being so near to three points is a disaster.

“It’s a relegation battle that’s going to the wire. I can only imagine the players are gutted and the manager is livid, but they have to keep going.

“Verdict: One of those draws that feels like a loss.”

Toon Bano:

“I have not felt this sick in a long time.

“I’m gonna be having nightmares about that Shelvey miss for days…..


Jamie Swan:

“Watched the match and it was one which if I’m honest, has never felt so comfortable.

“Absolutely crusing it.

“At one point in the second half, we along with our promoted brothers, were all ahead and looking like a day to streak away from the trapdoor.

“Somehow Shelvey (who played well by the way) misses the easiest chance he will ever get to make it three nowt. All he had to do was side foot in after it was perfectly squared to him and he spooned it over the bar.

“Cue the revival and collapse that never looked likely. Two one is a dodgy score and so it proved.

“For a man in Gosling who was permanently on the sick and fit for the knackers yard at NUFC, getting the equaliser was another pig.

“Any away point is fantastic but to only get one after that is tough.

“We have not got what we deserved against the Cherries this season in my opinion.

“If we can get a point in the next away fixture I’ll be amazed and delighted.

“We’ve never done it easy have we?

“Trust Rafa, trust the lads – we will do it. (#hopefully).”

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

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)

(Alan Shearer reacts to Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 – Read HERE)

  • Peaky Magpie

    At the end of the season we may look back at today as the day that cost us premiership status….ok GD might save us but with trips to Anfield & Wembley coming up that also will probably take a battering and that’s without even mentioning Arsenal & Chelsea at home…..

    • Mitros gotta start

      2 points dropped because of negative tactics in the 2nd half… many times have we seen that this season?
      Pig sick of it now

      • Peaky Magpie

        We should have been safe by now…3 points today would have put us just 2 wins from probable safety…but no we have to do it the hard way as usual….deflating today’s result.

  • Steven05

    It’s going to be tight

  • Gareth Marshall

    Congratulations Paul!

    I’m Rafa’s biggest fan but today the game management was terrible and if anyone deserves some criticism it is him.

    Although Bournemouth were getting back into the game in the 2nd half Smiths goal was out of the blue and they hadn’t really created before then. You can understand Rafa’s choice to bring Atsu on to try and further stretch them as they looked for a route back in, but then to bring Hayden on seemed a little defensively excessive but again, to a degree, you can understand it as the score was still 0:0 with 12 left on the clock.

    But as is so often the case when winning comfortably, the other team score late on and have the momentum at the end of the game. With us only having 2 real forward players on the pitch in Perez and Atsu you don’t have many attacking options, even though we blew the chances presented, Rafa created this situation with his subs.

    At 2:0 with 20 left to play, why not bring on Joselu and Merino for Kenedy and Gayle and go for it to try and put the game to bed, if they somehow do score to make it 2:1 then use the final substitution to put an extra man at the back. Joselu is good defensively in the air so that would have been another bonus. Instead, the negative subs are made and we find ourselves utterly under the cosh and eventually throwing away 2 points we had worked very hard for in the first half.

    Additionally, after we conceded the first goal; why bring on Manquilo on when Clark is on the bench? Another strange decision as he is arguably one of the worst players near the team.

    A point away from home in a difficult league is always welcome…blah blah blah. That’s right up to a point, but we should have won that game and in my opinion we didn’t because of mistakes by our manager today.

    I do think we’ll stay up though and that will be a great job done by Rafa given the circumstances he has had to put up with.

    • TheFatController

      I absolutely agree that Joselu should have come on, and for Perez.

      Why? Because Perez is light weight and the ball never stayed out of our half in the last 20, bar the couple of breaks that relieved only 30 seconds of intense pressure each…

    • anyobrien

      Yeah it’s dead easy .. #rafa oot

    • Mirandinha9

      You’re not Rafa’s biggest fan, because, if you were you’d associate such events as today to the root cause which is Cashley and the position he has this club in – constantly running it as a mediocre outfit, a club devoid of any ambition. Rafa, is simply trying to do something with what is at his disposal and both the quality and quantity of players, leave a lot to be desired.

  • Geordiegiants

    Rafa was to blame for that second half, but like I will keep on saying, he gets more right than wrong, it’s not the time to get on his back I’m sure he know only to well himself.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Well, I guess you have to make subs and our bench just ain’t that good.
      But bringing on Manquillo?
      Leaving on Perez rather than replacing with the Hos?
      That seemed a bit suicidal.

    • ghostrider

      If he got more right than wrong we’d be much more comfortable in the league.
      The man is destroying all the good work the team does in the first half by being stupid and defensive in the second.
      He might be a good manager but he’s a clown who has issues when he pulls this stunt, time and time again.

      • Geordiegiants

        Don’t be so silly.

        • ghostrider

          The league table tells its own story of truth.
          We’re at a situation of fine balance with rafa and fans of him and those who do not see god in him.

          You see, the Rafa lovers see him managing and coaching a team of championship players who he miraculously has playing above their so called station, as we are led to believe.
          The all of a sudden we should be beating mediocre teams like Bournemouth.
          Weird eh?

          Imagine our championship squad that Rafa is performing magical wonders with and being an absolute genius in ensuring we have our sights set on maintaining a goal difference that is the master plan of keeping us up one minute and then in the next we should be beating premier league teams…one who is sitting in 10th…but even at 2-0 up Rafa the master magician decides to wipe out and added 2 goals to our goal difference by having his strikers put their feet up in the dug out.

          And guess what?
          Rafa is still a genius.

          Weird in the absolute extreme.

  • TheFatController

    I think our lack of finishing/goals, like any weakness in a team, puts pressure on everyone. And that’s what happened today.

    I am torn between the fact that only Man City can beat us (recently),against the worry that we don’t do well against top teams or at home in a glass half full/ half empty condundrum tonight ….?

    All thoughts on that polarity welcome.

  • Andy Mac

    “We lost control… we have lost two points” says Rafa. Which says to me he underestimated Bournemouth’s ability to fight back. When we were up against the Mancs nobody was subbed until 80 minutes and then it was like for like. Joselu for Gayle, Atsu for Kenedy and in the 90th minute Hayden for Perez.

    IMO if he’d selected like for like subs today we’d be in 10th place without conceding possession, momentum and ultimately the goals.

  • robbersdog

    Bournemouth are a bit of a bogey team for us; at SJP earlier in the season Gayle had a perfectly good goal disallowed and they went on to win, and in our relegation season, they outplayed and beat us at home.

    But I really thought we’d cracked it today…until we fell apart and dropped five places in the league in the last 10 minutes. This draw feels like a loss, particularly as Brighton and Huddersfield won, and Stoke got an away draw.

    We’re in deep sh*t, the league table looks horrible right now, and two of our next three games are away to Liverpool and Spurs!

    • anyobrien

      Good job we beat man u then

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I remember us leading them only to have the game called off for fog to stop the game.

      I think this weekend helps us.

  • HarryHype59

    Has anyone else noticed how badly Newcastle fade in numerous matches in the final fifteen minutes?

    I don’t know whether it is a physical or mental aspect, however, we were hanging on again despite being the better team for most of the match!

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s down to Rafas tactics.
      I’m not here to slate him because I have 100% faith in him, but he needs to do something different last 15 mins in our games, becuse as you say it’s just not working those last few mins.

      • anyobrien

        #rafa oot

        • Geordiegiants


        • Dillon Tovak

          Are you joking?

          • anyobrien

            Yes I am… Im Taking the pi22.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Good good. Can’t be too sure with some of the nutters on here 😂

          • anyobrien

            Aye ya reet… 😂

  • Danimal

    Mitro’s cracking goal just now hasn’t lightened the mood!

    • anyobrien

      Found his level

      • Dillon Tovak

        Wolves will be in the prem next year so Mitro could have done a job against a Bournemouth or Burnley.
        Anyway, he’s gone. Hurry up Slimani.

      • Phil Yare

        pity perez and joselu havent found theirs, i’d say a league below that level

        • anyobrien


  • Alreet

    Ill take a draw even how the match went. We have thrown alot of games in the last 15 but we needed to keep the pressure on today and avoid defensive players. Jose for gayle and hayden for diame would have worked aittle better.

    Positive. We got a few goals and a point away from home.

    Negative. Points lost in the last 10 mins again.

    Jog on to pool who have to be treat like another man city.

  • Lhc

    Rafa is a duck egg

    • Geordiegiants

      He dropped a rick today, but he is still the best we could ever hope for, especially while the club is still riddled with the cancer sucking life out of it.

      • Lhc

        That may be the difference come end of the season

        • Geordiegiants

          It certainly could, but so could any other defeat or draw.

          • molend

            But some stick in your craw, though, don’t they? I think back to the Tottenham match. Kane should have been sent off and Shelvey shouldn’t. A win in that game and the season would have been very different. Except for the ongoing problem with the cancer.

        • anyobrien

          Yeah mate so could the home win to man u…..I love you lot who jump on Rafa….. Who would you like to replace him

          • Lhc

            You’re one of those who has his tongue so far up rafas hoop it comes out his mouth

          • anyobrien

            Hardly I was his biggest critic in the championship at home one up top against the likes of Burton, but he has had no backing at all in the epl and I actually wonder if Bell ends like yourself actually go or ever played the game..

          • Lhc

            I was there yesterday Cost me 147 quid return for the train 30 for tkt n 100 spends, been a season tkt holder since bobby Robsons first full season I’m 28 and it’s my life. Go to every away game have good loyalty points that how I was there yesterday when we got only 1365 tkts you tool! People like yourself are the ‘loyal fans’ apparently. The club know who there loyal are tho it’s on there season tkt history home and away. I’m the loyal alone with lots of others at away games who every game you see the same core of faces, not the band wagon jumpers who have tagged along since Rafa arrived and get tkts through there work. Like it says on my picture nufc it’s a way of life always will be to me that’s my tattoo on my leg, but a don’t even go to the games according to you apparently😂 I would probably be quite well off if I hadn’t been going for years but would I change that? Never , I’d do it all again best times of me life!

          • anyobrien

            I’m 49 sunshine same seat in the east stand for over 35 years and do you really want to play the away day /loyalty point game…. I was at Brighton away when you were in your daddies sack…. All 400 of us and as for a way of life I’ve done time for the black and whites have a think about it, when there was no epl it wasn’t trendy or cool it was real… 28 year old 😂 by you’ve had it tuff… Boo hoo

          • Lhc

            Check you out eh what do you want like a blue Peter badge for the fact your older than me which means you’ve had more time to follow the club. Ayee aye ‘ I was there in 80’s bollocks ‘ but you weren’t there yesterday, hear this sort of talk all the time. Big hard man owa there doing time😂 Pogo stick springs to mind, Personally I would loved to have been my age in the 80’s for football but you can’t choose when ya come out ya Fatha’s sack,

          • anyobrien

            I think you have a few anger issues my friend…. Your the one giving it…. “I’ve had a ticket since sbr”… Whoopee do eh…..”i go home and away”…..yes I am older and tbh much much wiser.

          • anyobrien

            Was never a blue Peter fan tbh…keep ya chin up son

    • anyobrien


      • Lhc

        Did you go to the match today?

        • anyobrien

          No…. But I watched it…. We should of been out of sight….rafas tactics created those chances… But I guess he’s shtye eh

          • Lhc

            Champion 👍🏼

          • anyobrien

            Yes champion indeed

  • molend

    Rafa’s tatics were such that were should have been 3 up before they scored. He’s not to blame for perez and Shelvey missing sitters. As for the later substitutions. Remember the stick Keegan got for not bringing off Ginola and protecting the lead against Liverpool? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    • Geordiegiants

      Every game is different , but I get where your coming from.

      • molend

        To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the two defensive substitutions. I felt that, as long as we carried some threat, they would have to be a bit careful. Bringing on the defenders looked like a signal that we were just going to sit back and let them come at us. But if we’d won…
        And at least we’re not playing that badly. It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that we’ll pick up an unexpected point or two- mebbe.

    • anyobrien

      100% correct

  • theoriginalbomberman

    2 points dropped thanks to Benitez and his negativity yet again. Why would you take off Gayle and leave Perez on? He was absolutely useless. Even when we conceded the first he still took off an attacker for a defender Pardew would have been slaughtered for that.

    No doubt the Rafa defence league will bring up Shelvey’s miss and claim the players aren’t good enough but this was genuinely down to “Rafa the genius” this time.

    • nufcslf

      Joselu for Petez was the sub…can’t believe that it should be…and probably gave their defence to think about. When you’re shyte, defending leads is suicide and not good tactics. Clark should have been the defensive sub.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Definitely jos for Perez.
        Ayoze was abysmal all game.

    • anyobrien

      2 up with ten minutes I think most of us would of done the same … Ffs ten minutes and they couldn’t do it… Nowt wrong with tactics if he left it, and we lost it would of been… “ffs why did he not shut up shop” … His players let him down simple as that .

    • anyobrien

      How did you react to the man u and the away wins to stoke and West ham?
      I’m genuinely interested.

      • theoriginalbomberman

        Obviously I support the club and want us to win and I’m happy when we do or why would I even bother being on this site or watching the games

        I dislike Benitez he was an arrogant, egotistical know it all at Liverpool and quite frankly time has done nothing to change that. He still never takes any blame for losses and takes all the credit for victories he still plays politics with the players. Just because he manages the club I support doesn’t mean I’m going to suddenly put on rose tinted glasses and negate everything bad he does like a lot of you on here do.

        I mean a lot of you act like he’s managing our club out of charity and he’s not on wages that any of us here would consider life changing. We’re a convenient location from his home and if he hadn’t been jobless after abject failure at real he wouldn’t even have looked in our direction.

  • Cockneytrev

    Feels like a loss,, played so well for 70 minutes,, then after shelvey miss we went ti peaces, it was panic stations at the back,,,Still 4 points from the last two games is not what I expected,, Southampton is now massive,,

  • Loyal fan

    Rafa is a God but his substitutions cost us today – let’s be honest!

    • ghostrider

      He’s no god.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Atsu seems to be getting away with it, why on earth did he not play in Shelvey sooner? Or shoot!?
    He waits until the defender is near him and close to the keeper.
    Completely unnecessary.

  • Down Under Mag

    2-0 up and the game should have been comfortably seen out no matter the substitutions. Once again we miss clear chances and could have been 3-0 up and comfortably home. We just lack the quality and as such it always seems to come back to haunt us.

    I think it shows just how fragile the confidence is at the moment and exactly what I feared…it was different when it was just all out effort against Man Utd but when it comes down to it these are the games we should be winning and the extra expectation comes with the extra pressure on themselves and it told in the end. We played well and it does feel like a loss.

  • Loyal fan

    At 2 – 0 up you don’t need a third. You can’t blame Shelvey’s miss. You have to question what it was that changed the game that meant they could come back and score 2 and nearly 3. Our substitutions I think!

  • FairsCup69

    Excluding those games against Man City we’ve won 3 and drawn 5 of our last 8. Whilst I’m not expecting anyrhing from Anfield, we can surely beat Southampton. Other home wins over Huddersfield and WBA are prerequisites but being brutally honest, that’s where our survival lies. Of course 3 points yesterday would have been superb and losing 2 points only after I made enquiries as to the latest score is all the more galling but we need to beleive we can get out of it.