It is etched in the memories of Newcastle fans, all 206 times, ball in the back of the net and Alan Shearer racing away in celebration with his arm in the air.

Yesterday, Shearer recreated that imagery, but it was somebody else putting the ball into the back of the net.

The legendary number nine saluting the latest one, Alan Shearer racing around a lounge at the BBC studios with his arm in the air after Salomon Rondon notched his second goal.

The cross was good but the header was epic, Salomon Rondon meeting Kenedy’s left wing cross and the power header left Begovic clutching at thin air.

Newcastle were already one up but undeniably this was surely THE moment of the season so far.

Very good football and a brilliant finish, Newcastle fans seeing a striker who could lead them out of trouble this season.

Alan Shearer very much agrees: ‘When you have got a focal point, somebody who can hold it up like that, run in behind…You are not just putting balls into that box for the sake of it, when you have got a player like that. You are doing it because you believe somebody is going to be on the end of it.’

Rondon had shown small glimpses of his strength and ability previously, such as against Man City, but Saturday saw him many levels above that, plus he still doesn’t look fully fit. Getting there but with what looks more to come.

With games against the likes of Burnley, West Ham, Huddersfield and Fulham up next, Newcastle fans, including Alan Shearer, can hope for more of the same.

Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:

“Newcastle  did very well.

 “Another good performance and another win for Newcastle (after Watford last weekend).

“Salomon Rondon is going to be key.

“When you have got a focal point, somebody who can hold it up like that, run in behind…

“You are not just putting balls into that box for the sake of it, when you have got a player like that.

“You are doing it because you believe somebody is going to be on the end of it.

“Rondon was brilliant, it was the complete centre-forward’s performance.

“The three Bournemouth centre-backs couldn’t handle him, Rondon bullied them.

“There was a definite plan to get the ball into the box early from Newcastle and I loved the second goal…I was running around with my hand in the air!

“A ball into the box and the power behind it (the header), is incredible.

“That ball was crying out ‘Get on the end of it’, he did just that.

“Rondon was strong and he brought his midfielders into the game, shielded it from defenders…he was brilliant.

“He was involved in everything good Newcastle did today and I was very, very impressed with him.

“That’s why Rafa went out of his way to go and get him.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1

Goal:

Newcastle : Rondon 7, 40

Bournemouth: Lerma 45+6

Possession was Bournemouth 61% Newcastle 39%

Total shots were  Bournemouth 14 Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Bournemouth 4 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 7

Referee: Lee Probert

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Diame (Atsu 80), Ki , Kenedy (Clark 78), Rondon, Perez

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Longstaff

Crowd: 49,266 (Bournemouth approx 600)

(Alan Shearer pre-match comment and post-match celebration comments HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to beating Bournemouth HERE)

(Paul Merson covered Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 for Sky Sports – Had plenty to say afterwards HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players HERE)



  • Cockneytrev

    The best centre forward display I’ve seen from a Newcastle player, in a long time,,
    Thought he was poor last week, but didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday, his allround play was outstanding, but where have these quality of balls been for the last two seasons?
    Also a mention for ki who has had two very good back to back performances,,
    Dubrovka, excellent again, as normal, but Diame, how he is making a living in the premier beggars belief (apart from a purple patch from new year last year), he has been a very poor player for us, even in the championship he was awful, it shows the lack of depth in our squad when he gets a regular run out.
    Delighted with the two wins on the bounce.
    ASHLEY OUT!!!!

    • Malcolm Fisher

      aye, but the best is he could be offered a new contract if he plays a certain amount of games,don´t wish harm to anyone,but maybe he could get injured, mmmm!!!!

  • Toontaff

    Wonder who Big Al is referring to, with his reference to how small it is…………..

  • Kenny

    Rondon certainly gave their defence a torrid time, he also held the ball up well and his work rate was 1st class. we need to get in a number 10 in January in spite of King Rat keeping the till closed.