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

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 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)

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  • Paul Patterson

    The owner has consistently found the cheapest way of delivering the bare minimum (funny that). Often at the expense of a disaster/relegation.

    Andy Carroll (Free) sold for mass profit
    Demba Ba (Free) sold for big profit
    Loic Remy (Free/loan) Not kept on/adequately replaced
    Rondon (Free/loan).

    £45m profit made from the first two and diminishing returns ever since.

    • mentalman

      its his business model which has made him a billionaire why would he change it when all he is interested in is those wads of 50’s he likes to pull out of his pocket

    • Wezza

      Spot on.
      The clue of where the money had gone was way back then and ever since!

  • kingfisher

    The way some people are reacting to this win, you would think we had just beaten Man City, Man Utd,Chelsea etc. Put it into perspective: we got 3 points against the “massive” Bournemouth.Home Attendance approx 11,000.
    The Ashley apologists will be rubbing their hands.Everythings ok now, no more threat of relegation, no need to panic and no need to spend money in January.

    Get real, the cracks are being papered over, Ashley is bleeding the club dry and if anyone thinks that all of the problems that this embarrassment of an owner has caused will go away just by getting a couple of wins at “the fortress” that was once SJP, then they are sadly mistaken.

    ASHLEY OUT !!!

    • Paul Patterson

      Agree with the ‘cracks’ point, but we’ve just beaten a pretty good Bournemouth side who were 14 points ahead of us before kick off. Last week we beat a pretty good Watford side as well.
      The point I’d highlight is that if the club had done it’s business when Rafa wanted and not waited, we would have hit the ground running in August rather than November.

      • Toontaff

        What’s in the original comment is too true, but it still feels better winning than losing – 2 Saturdays when we weren’t all miserable as sin.

      • FatParosite


      • JohnnyH

        Paul, you’ve got to look back at how many times we’ve been in this situation before. You can see what’s going to happen in January if we’re 14th or thereabouts……nothing.
        Ok we’ve made a few decent loans/signings in Dubravka, Rondon,Ki and Kenedy but we’ve still only got a bare 1st eleven. Not enough business has been done, yet again.

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Paul !

      • I second that! Hope we get some action early in January. Defense looks solid and Ki will challenge Jonjo, but Diame, Dummett, Perez and Ritchie need competition. I believe we have to be looking to offload Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu and loan out or sell Murphy to get players in.

    • Toontaff

      Bahhhhhhhh, humbug!

      • FatParosite

        Bishop Blocked

      • kingfisher

        The shops have got their Xmas stuff on the shelves, so bah humbug is in season 😁🌲❄

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      They’ll be on Total Sport tomorrow, saying ‘we’ve turned the corner’ etc.

      • Peaky

        Ryder & Co will have us challenging for Europe…

    • Billmag

      Any NUFC fan with brains knows we haven’t turned the corner yet far from it actually, but can we just savour a victory for at least 48 hours before starting with the political side of the football club, are you not happy with the win, most of us that post on here hate the owner with a vengeance, but the bottom line is a win does wonders for everyone not just those that fill the stadium.

      • kingfisher

        To be honest Billmag,getting 3 points is bittersweet.The advantage is getting out of the bottom three,however the disadvantage is the more we win, the less the likelihood is of Ashley: a) spending to strenghten the team,and:
        b) Selling up.

        • Billmag

          I understand where you are coming from I just don’t think getting relegated will get rid of the odious one, there has to be other ways than wanting our team to get beat just to get rid of him, it’s just an awful situation the owner has put us in.

    • JohnnyH

      Spot on
      The cycle continues until we GET ASHLEY OUT

    • Damon Horner

      The first paragraph is why we’re mocked for being a deluded fanbase, expectation to beat them without any due respect.

      Nobody thinks we’re charging towards Europe, as far as I’m concerned Ashley has taken a lot but the moments of positive feeling after a win or hard fought game is something some are happy to softly surrender to him.

      I don’t think we should judge and target our own for experiencing any joy. Just my view.

      • kingfisher

        Fair comment Damon.I suppose it gets back to “what makes a big club”.I would say in all aspects we are a bigger club than Bournemouth (and Watford) ie :
        Club value
        World class Manager
        Based on these facts, I don’t think we as Newcastle fans are deluded in expecting or at least hoping, that we have a good chance of beating the likes of Bournemouth, Watford etc.The way that things have turned out sadly,is that these things don’t mean diddly squat when we have an owner like Ashley, so in that context I suppose at this minute in time ,as long as Ashley is here,anyone expecting even a modicum of success is indeed dillusional.😁

    • I agree, but our players and Rafa deserve the support. Ashley still needs to back Rafa in January and we need to get a left-back, right winger and box-to-box midfielder.

      • kingfisher

        It’s a funny one Steven.How many times have we all said that ” Ashley must back Rafa” but he never does. I suppose the law of averages states that somewhere along the line he might, just might splash the cash.

        • This January is crucial. If we don’t sign some more decent attacking players we might go down, despite the recent form resurgence. Teams around us will spend to avoid relegation.

  • FatParosite

    Everyone acting like teased vag1nas. We’ve still got cancer.

  • Andy Mac

    Sadly this is the lot of NUFC fans in the Obese era. Every now and then a decent performance, a new goalscorer, even some hope ? Then back to life back to reality, a pot not big enough to plss in. A team brought together with less money than Fatman has in readies down the side of his sofa.
    It has to change, a club can’t survive on scraps forever.😡

  • toonterrier

    The manager giveth the fatman taketh away. Get him out.

  • We again failed to put the game to bed and invited Cherries too much in our own half. Perez, Kenedy and Rondon had a few chances and one of them should have scored the third. Bournemouth were not as clinical and paid the price. Overall, we weren’t better, Cherries deserved the draw but that is football. I still wish we take some load off our main striker. Midfield and wingers shoukd score every second/third goal but don’t.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Considering the money spent in the league these days, it is incredible to think we can survive after generating a transfer profit. Ki, schar, Fernandez, dubravka, Lejeune have been great value. The loans of kenedy and rondon have added a little more quality to a squad that really is short of it. We spend around 55 million on wages currently which puts us around 16th in the league which is likely close to where we will end up. To get to the top half will take a spend of 100 plus million which is not going to happen. Enjoy a few wins here and there and survive is all we have to aim for under the current owner.

  • Wezza

    The only winner yesterday was the FCB. There wasn’t going to be and will not be a January spend. FCB gambled again and wins an extra hundred million TV money. Greedy malevolent bar steward!

  • Tony English

    “Free Transfer Midfielder – Loan Winger – Loan Striker – GOAL!”

    Top marks for the headline. Says it all really.