Bournemouth fans have come back down to earth.
If beating Newcastle United and Man U in their last two matches, they would be now only three points off Man City at the top.
However, the Premier League takes no prisoners in terms of when the small margins then go against you.
Bournemouth fans were of course gutted to lose to Man Utd in the final seconds after leading but it looks like they found that far easier to take than their trip to Newcastle.
Below we have pre and post-match comments from the travelling fans and as you can see, a lot of confidence beforehand, then followed by a big reality check afterwards.
Bournemouth fans comment via their Up The Cherries message board:
‘From what I saw of the highlights – they were actually pretty lucky – Watford couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo!’
‘If we attack and play like we did in the first half like Saturday (against Man Utd) we won’t have any problems.’
‘Their win last week was a complete and total fluke. They’re incredibly sh.., probably one of the worst teams in the league, and the only reason they might not go down this year is because there are about 5 other teams that are just as bad as they are.’
‘Watford should have been out of sight by half time.
‘Morning folks. Hardly ever post, but rather excited this morning. Bringing 5 mates down from Edinburgh to watch the game today. Did we sell our full 1800 allocation?’
‘Diabolical and unacceptable is the only way to describe that.
I have long been part of the ‘happy clapper’ camp when reacting to defeat at this level, however today I find it impossible to take this perspective.
The one thing I find totally unacceptable is a lack of effort, to say that Newcastle wanted it more than us today is a massive understatement, we just didn’t even come close to competing with them in terms of effort and energy.
Nathan Ake who’s battle with Robson cannot even be described as man vs boy, more like man vs toddler. What I’ve just seen is pathetic and nowhere near good enough.’
‘Well I didn’t think we were that bad .
We’ll have good games and bad, that’s why we’re not top of the league … BTW Newcastle are in a false position.’
‘I don’t think we deserved a point, Newcastle could have scored six. The defending was very poor, it’s a good job Asmir was the only one on form.’
‘It was a stark contrast to the performance against Man United, but unfortunately the same result.
Lots of questionable passes. Newcastle played very narrow and whilst in the second half we had more attacking threat it was a sea of players to get through. Benitez deserves credit today for doing a job on us.
I don’t think we didn’t give 100% just outplayed and had no answer for their style of play. In short we got found out.’
‘At least MOTD was unbiased in any way!’
‘Overall I think we were unfortunate not to come home with at least a point.
After a dodgy start we stemmed the tide and imposed ourselves on the game.
Second half we were well on top.
Unfortunate that Newcastle chose today to actually give a toss ( how often does that happen to us ??? ).
They worked hard and pressed well. A draw there today would have been a very good result for us.’
‘Oh boy, what a wretched experience!
We just couldn’t pass the ball today. Couldn’t hit the target when we actually got chances.
They pressed well and didn’t give us much time on the ball, but I don’t think any of our players had a good day. And yes, Ibe was especially frustrating.’
‘Two close games we lose 2-1, first one we played well, this wasn’t so good.
Clown he maybe but Benitez orchestrated a methodical break up of play for the last twenty minutes and if Eddie has done that last week we might have got a point.’
‘Actually my frustration about the day is getting the better of me, last week we weren’t in a position to protect the win from twenty minutes out so different scenario. I have no qualms with calling out Benitez for ruining the flow of the game although he needed the points I know.’
‘The warning was there before today’s game after they beat Watford.
Watford probably should have beaten them if they had taken their chances, but they didn’t.
Benitez has had a week to gee his players up after that win and today it seems their players responded.
This is a tough league even when we play teams at the bottom and you have to earn the points, not expect to just turn up and take the points.’
‘Just looked at the xG stats.
Newcastle 2.5 1.93 Bournemouth
Not that expected goals tells the whole story, but we can’t really say we deserved to win given the chances we offered them.’
‘We deserved a point against Man U.
We deserved exactly what we got against Newcastle.’