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Fair play to Eddie Howe with these measured words after late Matt Ritchie equaliser

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A game of twists and turns as Eddie Howe watched his Bournemouth team move onto 38 points with a draw against Newcastle United.

One of the good guys, I think the Cherries boss is one of the more honest managers.

Willing to give a fair reflection unlike embarrassing out of work managers such as Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew, little wonder they can’t get another management role.

Whilst Rafa Benitez was understandably annoyed with ‘some’ of Mike Dean’s refereeing, Eddie Howe was left to rue a last second equaliser from his former player Matt Ritchie.

He took it on the chin though, saying about the injury time goal: ‘That’s what makes the game so special, it’s not over until it’s over.’

In truth, 2-2 was probably a fair result no matter how it came about.

Two brilliant Newcastle goals to watch though if you haven’t seen them yet.

Eddie Howe:

“It’s a difficult one to take today.

“It wasn’t the perfect game from us and we found the first half quite difficult but we had a much improved second half display.

“Until we went 2-1 up, I thought we were the dominant team.

“Newcastle put pressure on late but we defended really well at times and looked like we were going to see the game out, until the ball fell to Matt’s left foot.

“It’s bizarre how football can find these stories.

“The ball fell to him and he was probably the one player on the pitch we didn’t want the ball to fall to on his left foot because we know he can strike the ball from distance.

“He hit it well into the top corner and that’s what makes the game so special.

“We were just trying to win the game, regardless of where it puts us in the league. We weren’t really thinking about that.

“It’s a horrible feeling as a football manager when you concede so late in the game and I’m sure I speak on behalf of the Bournemouth supporters as well.

“That’s what makes the game so special, it’s not over until it’s over.”

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StatsĀ from BBC Sport:

Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2

Goals:

Newcastle:

Rondon 45+5, Ritchie 90+3

Bournemouth:

King 48 (pen), 81

Possession was Bournemouth 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Bournemouth 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Dummett, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 83), Almiron (Muto 82), Perez (Atsu 72), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Kenedy,

Crowd: 10,625 (Newcastle 1,300)

(Rafa Benitez very unhappy with Mike Dean – Read HERE)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game go HERE)

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