Eddie Howe gives honest reaction to Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1
Eddie Howe tasted defeat for the first time at St James Park.
After doing us a favour and ending Steve McClaren’s reign with a 3-1 victory back in March 2016, Bournemouth then won 1-0 on Tyneside last season.
You have to go back to 1990 for Bournemouth’s sole league defeat at Newcastle, a 3-0 loss in the second tier.
Eddie Howe says that ‘When you come here the crowd will be in the game’ and that seventh minute goal was exactly what the Newcastle team and fans needed.
That leading to a ‘difficult opening period’ for the visitors as the early strike energised the home supporters and players.
Eddie Howe declaring ‘We feel we’re good enough to beat almost anybody in this league if we perform well but today we haven’t hit our best levels and have been beaten. This league is ruthless enough to do that to you…’
Newcastle played their best football of the season but you could also see why Bournemouth have done so well so far this season, as they gave Newcastle plenty to think about at the back.
However, with Fernandez commanding at the back and Rondon on great form up front, Newcastle had the key performers on the day.
“When you come here the crowd will be in the game.
“We had a difficult opening period but we fought to the end and had some chances but it wasn’t to be.
“We will use this time to assess the injuries and come back fresh. You are judged game by game and today was a disappointment.
“I think we didn’t perform well in the first half and I’m disappointed with the start, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb going 2-0 down.
“We did well for phases of the second half but it wasn’t to be, the lads kept going right to the end so that’s an initial positive, we were on the front foot more and we had the ball in some dangerous areas.
“You felt like a goal was coming but we just couldn’t force it through.
“We feel we’re good enough to beat almost anybody in this league if we perform well but today we haven’t hit our best levels and have been beaten.
“This league is ruthless enough to do that to you and the challenge is now for us to analyse this game and we have to come back as a better team for it after the international break.”
Adam Smith injury:
“I spoke to him before I came into the press conference, he injured his knee in an earlier tackle.
“He felt slightly unstable and went to take a quick free-kick and his knee has just given way.
“It looks like a serious one, we won’t know until it’s scanned but it doesn’t look good.
“I don’t think it’s a cruciate but it would be foolish of me to give a clear view without a scan.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Diame (Atsu 80), Ki , Kenedy (Clark 78), Rondon, Perez
Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Longstaff
Crowd: 49,266 (Bournemouth approx 600)
(Alan Shearer Match of The Day comments HERE)
(Salomon Rondon rates it ‘The Perfect Saturday’ – Read 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)
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