Bournemouth and England midfielder Lewis Cook has issued an apology to the travelling supporters.
After beating Fulham 3-0 and Watford 4-0 on the last two away trips, it was a sobering experience for the small band of Cherries fans who seemed to be very confident beforehand.
Only for Salomon Rondon to lead Newcastle to a deserved victory.
Lewis Cook declaring : ‘I apologise to the fans because it’s such a long trip. We didn’t really give them anything to reward them for it.’
Meanwhile Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was equally disappointed: ‘We were not at the high standards we have set this season. We have had success here in the past and we know the crowd get behind their players here but we weren’t good enough.’
Always difficult to say in games like these whether it is one team playing better than previously, or one dropping off a bit, or a bit of both.
Certainly Newcastle played very well first half and made it tough for the visitors, though Bournemouth showed glimpses in the match of the form that has taken them to sixth place.
Lewis Cook speaking to The Daily Echo:
“I apologise to the fans because it’s such a long trip.
“We didn’t really give them anything to reward them for it.
“It was tough for them and I felt for them because it was a lot of money and they have travelled a long way.
“We hadn’t given them anything to cheer about.
“We spoke about it before the game…we wanted to get a result for them but we didn’t battle and win our individual duels.”
“I don’t think we deserved to win the game comfortably.
“We were not at the high standards we have set this season.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb in the first half but we dominated the second half and unfortunately got punished on the counter.
“We have had success here in the past and we know the crowd get behind their players here but we weren’t good enough.
“We are very disappointed because we could have done better, but we have a few weeks to dwell now and knowing the manager and the players we will come back firing.
“I’ve just seen Adam Smith on crutches, we are all devastated for him but without a scan we aren’t sure how serious it is and our thoughts are with him.”