It ended Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1.
By a country mile the best match Newcastle fans had seen this season and definitely the best win.
Last week, Newcastle carried the luck when beating Watford, yesterday wasn’t down to luck.
Up against a talented in-form Bournemouth team who had won their last two away matches 3-0 (Fulham) and 4-0) Watford, instead it was Newcastle United who looked the better team.
A very open match, Bournemouth showed in spells why they are sixth in the table, but it was Rafa’s team with the upper hand.
No doubt the manager will be disappointed with yet another goal conceded from a set-piece but a puzzle as to why there wasn’t a player on either post.
However, two goals from Salomon Rondon saved the day.
Alan Shearer declaring it a ‘brilliant’ display from the Venezuelan and as usual, Shearer’s not wrong.
The first goal was decent and Rondon put it away at the second attempt but it was the second that was the moment of the match, as well as the season so far.
Free transfer midfielder pings an excellent 50 yard crossfield pass from right to left, on-loan winger chests it down and takes a step or two before unleashing a perfect cross, that perfect cross met by on-loan number nine who bullet header’s it into the net.
What a goal, what a GOAL!
You couldn’t make it up though could you?
It is like a Blue Peter project: build a spaceship out of a cereal box, a couple of toilet roll cardboard tubes and some string. No expense spent.
Rafa Benitez expected to fashion a team than can survive in the Premier League AND make a profit on transfers.
What could he do if given realistic money to spend?
Instead of having to solely rely on loans, free transfers and bargain buys, he could supplement the likes of Rondon, Ki, Kenedy, Fernandez and Dubravka, with Premier League level spending on a quality number 10 and another attacking midfielder/striker?
A brilliant goal and great win on a budget, Mike Ashley will have slept soundly on Saturday night.
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)
(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)