Here’s 3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1
Saturday finished Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1.
The omens weren’t great when the visitors took an early lead and were dominating both possession and chances.
However, plenty of character shown in the home ranks as they clawed their way back into the game and turned it around.
Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.
This time it is Jamie Smith:
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Goals still awaited for ASM and Almiron but the shots at goal and chances created are a different gravy from the impotent season to date.
Signs that the outlay might be showing some return soon.
It still falls to the defence assembled and organised by Rafa to win us matches for now though, with Yedlin’s header and Clark’s thunderbolt today’s match winners.
Despite getting suckered for the Bournemouth goal they were pretty solid at the back too and you’d hope that Bruce, an outstanding defender himself, can maintain this.
Winning when you should win
This season has been a bit twisted, winning against expectations when playing Man U and Spurs and failing to fire against the more beatable sides at home.
Bournemouth are better than Watford and Brighton but it’s still a game you should be hoping for three points from. Duly delivered today.
For the first time this season, Newcastle recorded back to back wins, as well as making it three games without defeat.
A bit of momentum building it seems.
Momentum that must now screech to a halt while we pause for Gareth’s lads to negotiate their way past Don’tCareovia and NotBotheredovakia on their way to next year’s tournament where Harry Kane will score some penalties and we’ll go out in the quarter finals…
This is going to sound like a bitter swipe at a perfectly canny little club but the constant presence of Bournemouth as a top flight force is a reminder of the state of modern football.
A well run club with a quality manager and an owner willing to reinvest the TV money, hits the Sky Sports payload, despite the fact that nobody gets any enjoyment other than a smattering of a few thousand hardcore and the remainder of noughties Man Utd fans making up the crowd at the vitality.
Franchise football looms.
The seemingly decent team and respectable league position seems to have quelled any unrest, as St James Park sits silent in more sense than one.
It’s churlish to an extent to complain when things are stabilising in the middle of the Premier League but it seems the Ashley regime has survived Rafa’s departure and the comeuppance for this is yet to be seen…
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Saturday 9 November 3pm
Yedlin 42, Clark 52
Harry Wilson 14
Possession was Bournemouth 67%, Newcastle 33%
Total shots were Bournemouth 16, Newcastle 20
Shots on target were Bournemouth 3, Newcastle 9
Corners were Bournemouth 4, Newcastle 5
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Newcastle team v Bournemouth:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles (Dummett 20), Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 90), Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 82)
Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle
(Eddie Howe can’t believe that Bournemouth got beat by Newcastle and says it will hurt for weeks – Read HERE)
(To watch all the goals and official match highlights go HERE)
(Steve Bruce confirms Jamaal Lascelles scan and says front 3 a real threat v Bournemouth (apart from goals…) Read HERE)
(Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s win – Read HERE)
(Alan Shearer two word reaction at the final whistle – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – 8,000 empty seats but 44,000 roar NUFC to dramatic comeback win – Read HERE)
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