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.
“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.
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I have not felt this sick in a long time.
“I’m gonna be having nightmares about that Shelvey miss for days…..
“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
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)
(Alan Shearer reacts to Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 – Read HERE)