Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Saturday 10 November 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle getting their second win in a row thanks to two Salomon Rondon goals.
At least temporarily out of the bottom three…
“45 minutes of joy followed by 45 minutes of torture.
“My nerves were shredded at the end.
“Great to have a proper centre forward at last and if Rondon can stay fit and motivated then we can win games.
“There is hope at last.”
“That was a bit close mind.
“You could feel the collective tightening when Defoe was introduced with less than ten minutes on the clock and if many more of our games are subject to lengthy injury stoppages Ashley will be after charging us all an extra £20.
“It felt like we should have put this one to bed and I suspect we’d have seen a different second half had Bournemouth not sneaked one back in first half injury time.
“It’s a while since I can remember a nervewracking finish like that one but that’s a good thing.
“3 points, up to 14th(!) and Rondon hopefully off and running with two goals and a great performance leading the line.”
“Best game for a long while.
“Some decent moves and a cracking second goal.
“Smiles all around, long overdue…”
“I said to a fellow Mag in midweek that it was hard to feel for Salomon Rondon in the Number Nine jersey, given he’s only on loan.
“But he’s done it proud today.
“When he’s fit he’s a real handful and has done his job almost perfectly here with two goals that handed us back to back wins.
“On another day he could have bagged four, even if we’re not too greedy in this 40 point quest.
“Heading into the game we were reminded of how far we have fallen when most fans are worried about being able to get past Bournemouth.
“In classic Rafa style we have eked out another haul of points. Well done to all concerned.”
“International break come at a bad time.
“But we are alive!!!”
“Rondon reminiscent of Sir Les.
“Should have killed them off.”
“What a day, what a performance.
“They looked like a really determined group of lads today, great commitment to the cause.
“I know it is an obvious thing to say but if Rondon gets out on the pitch to play like that every week, we will be fine.”
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 pre-match comment and post-match celebration comments HERE)